Internships are available for qualified students (sophomores and up who have completed the UK CORE CCR requirement) to receive academic credit through applied and practical experience with a variety of private and public entities.  The English Dept. sponsors some positions, described below. But students can also find their own internship and work with English to earn credit.   Credits: 1-3 credit hours. (10 hours a week of internship work equals three credit hours.) Graded Pass-Fail only.  Repeatable for a total of up to 6 credit hours.

For more information about the opportunities below or for help finding you own internship, contact Michelle Sizemore,

May 2019 Internship at the Carnegie Center: flier available, email Michelle Sizemore. 12-15 hours a week for May 2019.$500. stipend.


Fall 2019 Opportunities

Apply now for the opportunites for FALL 2019:  for all, send a letter of interest, a resume, and an unoffical UK Transcript to by April 15, 2019.  THE UPK has additional requirements.

- Three Law Firms (top)

Intern at one of three small lawfirms in Lexington where you will gain a wide range of experience with briefs, court, filings, and other aspects of law practice. 10 hours a week.  To apply, send a letter of interest, a resume, and an unoffical UK Transcript to by April 15, 2019. 

- Clearbrook (top)  —

The hub of an entrepreneurial business principally engaged in new infill development opportunities here in Lexington. They have two development projects in process on Lexington's West End, are exploring two other opportunities, and manage and control a fully-leased clinical medical office building on E Maxwell St. Clearbrook operates entrepreneurially, has only two full time employees, works out of E Maxwell St, has a no frills attitude, measures its results all the time, is transparent about its intentions and operations, respects and protects the confidentiality of its business contacts and partners, continuously reviews its positions on all subjects. Is driven to have Lexington recognized as a University City. An intern should expect to do research and writing on topics with which they have little or no familiarity. An intern will attend meetings with me and various members of the Managment teams of the entities under our control. Successful interns will not be afraid of the mathematics of finance, which Clearbrook's principal uses all the time. And they will soon learn the basics of that math. Reading assignments will be provided before the intern reports for the internship.

- Lexington Public Library (top)

The position is a digitization and archiving 10 hour/week internship with the Lexington Public Library. The intern’s work schedule can be extremely flexible during the hours of 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. During the internship, the student would:

  • Watch and complete the online Coursera course for Copyright for Educators and Librarians. There is a second course, Copyright for Multimedia, as well.
  • Complete a 100 sample question list, with resources, used in all desk training for the Kentucky Room resources
  • Receive an overview of general archival practices from a Kentucky Room librarian
  • Receive at least one project/object to digitize for the library's digital collection; the number will depend on the size of the project
  • Complete a copyright investigation to ensure the collection is in the public domain
  • Develop a finding aid following the procedure for the digital collection
  • Scan and edit images
  • Enter metadata into digitization software
  • Possibly work on describing uncatalogued collections, depending on time and staffing
  • Possibly work tracking down articles and resources for questions submitted for our email reference service at the direction of a librarian


We’re seeking writers who are passionate about the college experience. College Magazine writers capture student life through weekly articles. The writing opportunity begins with a 7-week writer training to tackle active voice, show vs. tell, interviewing sources and more. Working closely with our editors, writers transform their writing skills and ultimately uncover their voice. Writers also learn social media and SEO tactics necessary for the real world of journalism.
The writer position is 10 hours a week. It's a volunteer, intensive, and challenging writing experience. Our graduates have gone on to careers at Mashable, Vox, NBC, Seventeen Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Redbook, National Geographic, Random House, Rachael Ray Magazine and Washingtonian. We welcome applicants from all majors. Previous writing experience for a college-level publication is a plus.
To Apply: Please send your resume to
If you are chosen, contact

University Press of Kentucky (top)

The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each year, the Press publishes 50-55 titles in print and electronic forms in various subjects in the humanities and social sciences.

The University Press of Kentucky offers a number of internship opportunities each year, providing a complete overview of the publishing industry. This includes experience in the acquiring, editorial, and marketing departments. These positions allow students who are interested in a career in publishing to learn about the basics of book publishing, receive on-the-job experience, and polish communication skills. UPK seeks energetic, motivated, detail-oriented, creative students who demonstrate the skills needed to work in the industry.

UPK currently offers three different types of internships year-round:

  1. Acquisitions
  2. Editing, Design, and Production
  3. Marketing

All internships are unpaid.

Applications are due to the press by APRIL 15, 2019. Click on the links here for the Application guidleines and for Copywriting samples: Copywriting_Samples_Nov2017.pdf | UPK Internship Guidelines Oct 2017.pdf

Carnegie Center for Literacy: Tutors Needed! (top)

Hive, Creative & Technical Services for the College of Arts & Sciences Internship Opportunities (top)

Communications/Marketing/Social Media Internships

Hive Creative consists of communications/marketing, social media, video production and art/design teams. Communications interns will have the chance to work on a variety of writing projects for use in multiple media (print, social media, video). As an intern, students will learn to juggle multiple creative projects, work in a team environment, deal with client needs and wants while preserving a brand, and gain pieces for a professional portfolio.

Interns will have the chance to work on marketing and communications projects including:

  • Interviewing faculty, students and alumni
  • Writing features for print, web and social media use (including stories for the College’s alumni magazine, Ampersand – depending on timing of internship)
  • Writing marketing text for brochures, flyers, and other various marketing pieces
  • Writing scripts for promotional videos
  • Writing press releases
  • Working closely with the College’s graphic designer and director of digital media on branding/look and feel of the College’s marketing pieces
  • Plan, organize and write social media posts, as well as creating social media strategic plans for content

Interns must:

  • have strong communication and writing skills
  • have experience interviewing and writing compelling stories
  • be creative
  • be able to professionally handle themselves in situations with faculty, etc.
  • be self-motivated and able to meet deadlines
  • have experience utilizing social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite, etc.), basic Microsoft suite, and AP style guide (a plus)

To apply: Send cover letter and resume (and writing samples) to Jennifer T. Allen, Director of Communications & Creative Services, Hive, at


Located in the heart of Lexington’s Northside, The Parachute Factory exists as a non-profit, multi-use space to promotes artistic endeavors and community engagement. We are committed to showing art and hosting performances that are free and open to the public, with a tone attracting all types of people. Our founding board is made up of artists, and our full staff all have full-time jobs in addition to the work we do at Parachute. The space has been open for almost a year now, and we got started because we saw a need in Lexington for such a space. Because all staff at Parachute are volunteers, the internship opportunities are unpaid. Being a part of the art-scene in Lexington is certainly a plus for our interns, but it is not required. Our interns gain that knowledge along the way.

The social media internship requires 120-150 hours over a period of 3-4 months. (3 credit hours) This position requires an individual who is looking for experience in the world of fine art and / or community engagement. The intern should be self-motivated and independent. In addition to weekly tasks listed below, the intern will be required to create and pitch 1 personal project on which he / she will work throughout the semester.

The following responsibilities are expected to be completed under the guidance of TPF staff:

  • Create and push relevant content on all social media platforms
  • Stay engaged and informed with the local Lexington art scene
  • Maintain website copy
  • Create content for monthly newsletters
  • Staff open gallery hours once per week (3 hours)
  • Create and complete personal project
  • Complete end of internship write-up and self evaluation: 500 words

Questions and applications should be directed to the Community Events Director Stevie Morrison, at


UK Special Collections Internships (paid) (top)  for more info on Library internships, contact :

Encourage your students to apply for the 2019-2020 UK Libraries Undergraduate Marketing and Graphic Design Internship!


UK Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Marketing and Graphic Design Internship through April 15. This paid internship allows students with a passion for graphic design and digital marketing to expand and promote the UK Libraries’ brand. Through this internship, students will:  


·     Create and design promotional and informational materials, such as brochures, flyers and invitations for various library events, services and resources. 

·     Work hands-on with UK Libraries’ social media platforms, taking on a creative role in the development of a consistent posting schedule and a unique brand voice, while also fostering strong student engagement. 

·     Attend, work at, and take pictures for various functions geared toward promoting the libraries. 

·     Design other promotional assets, such as magnets and t-shirts, as needed.



***Sigma Tau Delta offers internships and internship support.  Check out the opportunities and join if you are interested: (top)

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