Internships for English majors are designed to give students practical experience in research, writing and editing in a "real world" setting. To gain hands-on experience in writing environments outside the classroom, English major interns typically spend six to eight hours a week working at businesses including:
- law firms
- government offices
- advertising agencies
- non-profit organizations
Students may also earn internship credit for work on publications produced on campus. If you have any questions, email Dr. Matt Willen, the department's internship coordinator or visit him in Wenger 111.
Guest Poet Series
For many years the English Department has hosted a Guest Poet series, bringing to the College two poets every academic year. Poets invited to read have included nationally well-known names as well as others whose names may not yet be so well known, but whose work merits attention. In recent years, Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall, Daniel Hoffman, Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver and Marge Piercy have read on campus, as well as Steven Behrendt, Maria Mazzotti Gillan and Ronald Wallace. The readings are free to the whole community, and include a reception and book signing open to the public.
Many English majors study overseas for a semester, most often during their sophomore or junior years. Through the International Programs and Brethren Colleges Abroad offices, Elizabethtown College has arrangements with universities in other countries so that, in most cases, courses taken abroad can count towards students' major and elective requirements.
Studying abroad offers great opportunities to live in other countries for an extended period, to study with international students from other colleges, and to learn about different cultures. Aside from providing students with an exciting learning experience, studying abroad also helps students to develop a global perspective and helps to distinguish them in a competitive job market. The College encourages (though it does not require) all students to study abroad during their time in Elizabethtown as part of its initiative to provide an education that helps students to become aware of the complexities and issues associated with being part of a global community.
Students interested in studying abroad should begin the process of setting up an experience during the academic year prior to going overseas. They should visit the International Programs website to learn about the opportunities that are available and the schedule for applications. They should also consult with their academic advisor.