As an English major, you have the opportunity to participate in a variety of internships, both on and off campus.
These on-the-job hours prepare you for positions in publications and communications and provide a solid foundation for those who intend to pursue graduate degrees. They teach you how to do and how to apply what you're learning in the classroom to your career.
But don't take our word for it. Read about students' experiences at their internships and get a feel for the type of materials required of you when you complete your own.
In spring 2014, Victor Graham served as an intern for The UB Post . As Graham explains, the internship helped to improve his writing, editing and technical skills:
"The best part of the internship for me was the writing. I have been writing ever since I learned how to. Even though I've been writing for a good chunk of my life, this was actually the first time that I had readers read over my work. ... This semester, though, my writing has been read by more and more people, thanks to my screenwriting class and the internship with the Post. I remember how badly I let my nerves get to me.
When I initially interviewed to intern, I thought I'd be doing more editing/proofreading, and learning the technical side of the paper. When Jessica told me that she wanted me to have my own entertainment column, I was excited! When I had to start accumulating sources and articles, though, I felt my nerves get the best of me.
I told her I didn't want to write, and that I only wanted to edit. We were both frustrated for a while, but eventually she and Rachel—the managing editor—calmed my nerves; and my very first article was published in the March issue of the Post. It will always stand out as one of the best moments of my undergrad career. ...
While working in the newsroom, I was able to either use or learn about a piece of technology I had never used or heard of. During the production weekend, I was able to spend time with Jamie and Robert, the two production editors. I was able to see them use InDesign, a product I had heard of before, but never used. It looked complicated at first, but the more I saw them use it, the more I realized that if it’s something that’s used often, it wouldn’t be that difficult to navigate. ... "
Learn more about internships in the College of Arts and Sciences.