The English Department's Internship Program connects English majors and minors with businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Chattanooga area.
Our program offers real-world experience in the following career fields:
- Public Relations
- Corporate Communications
- Nonprofit Proposal Writing
- Social Media Writing
- Event Planning and Promotion
To apply to the program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria.
English major or minor
Junior or senior status
2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 in English, or higher
18+ credit hours beyond English 1020, including two upper level writing courses
Availability to work 120-150 hours during the upcoming semester, attend a weekly internship workshop, and complete coursework that includes a final portfolio
With the help of the internship coordinator, you must secure a qualifying internship prior to the start of the semester.
- Application Process
Undergraduate students must email a statement of interest to Kris Whorton, Internships Coordinator. Include your UTC ID, address all five eligibility requirements detailed above, and list the names of 3 English department references.
Graduate students must submit a statement of interest to Dr. Rik Hunter, Director of English Graduate Studies.
Please apply as soon as possible. If you're accepted to the program, you must find a position, apply, interview, and receive an internship offer before you can enroll in English 4960.
We can't place you directly into an internship, but we'll guide you through the process of getting one.
Summer internships are at the discretion of the internship coordinator.
English 4960: Internship Workshop
In addition to completing 120-150 hours of work experience, interns must enroll in English 4960, attend a weekly workshop, and complete coursework that includes a final portfolio.
For course credit, you must fulfill your internship responsibilities, attend the weekly workshop, and successfully complete all coursework.
Senior Capstone Option
Students with 90+ total credit hours may take English 4960 as their senior capstone experience. Capstone students must meet the same expectations as other English 4960 students, plus a few additional portfolio requirements.