Internships

The Department of English internship is 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, including but not limited to the University Press of Kentucky, law firms, media outlets, the Lexington Public Library, the Carnegie Center, and others.

In some cases, the English Dept. works to find students to fill existing positions.  In others, the students can find an internship and then work with English to earn credit.  In both scenarios, the student will work with a sponsor in a field-, community-based, practical or applied educational experience. 

The internship will be supervised by both a responsible person on site and by an English Dept. faculty member (usually the Internship Coordinator). A learning contract must be completed by the student, the faculty supervisor, and the on-site internship supervisor, then filed with the English Dept.’s Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in order to receive credit for this course. Credits: 1-3 credit hours, depending on the time required and nature of the internship. Approximately 10 hours a week of internship work equals three credit hours. At midterm, the faculty and on-site supervisors will communicate about the student’s progress so that the faculty member can submit a midterm grade. English 399 will be graded only on a pass-fail basis. 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 Pearl James, pearl.james@uky.edu

English students interested in the law, non-profit, and policy work should consider applying for support through the Trunzo scholarship program:

https://www.as.uky.edu/trunzo

Opportunites for Spring 2018:

1. Law Firm of M. Wilson--a small lawfirm where you will gain a wide range of experience with briefs, court, filings, and other aspects of law practice. 10 hours a week. 

2. Clearbrook: 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.      www.clbassociates.com

3. Lexington Public Library:  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

Applications for the above internships (1, 2, and 3)  are due November 17, 2017.  Send a resume, a cover letter, an unofficial transcript to Pearl James, pearl.james@uky.edu

There are more options, and for these you should apply directly to them first, and if you are selected, we will get you enrolled. 

4. University Press of Kentucky:  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 on November 27, 2017.   Click on the links here for the Application guidleines and for Copywriting samples: Copywriting_Samples_Nov2017.pdf    UPK Internship Guidelines Oct 2017.pdf

5.  Parachute Factory: SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP POSITION   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 stevie@parachutefactorylex.com.

720 BRYAN AVENUE, LEXINGTON, KY 40505 / INFO@PARACHUTEFACTORYLEX.COM

6.  Carnegie Center for Literacy: Tutors Needed!

http://carnegiecenterlex.org/tutoring/becoming-a-tutor/

 

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

http://www.english.org/sigmatd/career/internships/index.shtml

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