English undergraduates intern at many businesses in the Twin Cities in a variety of fields. Our graduates have said that these experiences helped them understand both what they wanted in a career and what they need to do to prepare for the job market after graduation. An internship is also important for building a resume—it will make you a more appealing candidate for jobs or graduate schools.

If you are interested in a publishing career, the Department of English offers unique year-long internships at the University of Minnesota Press. Two English majors serve a semester each in the press' editing and marketing/production departments; they also complete a directed study and receive four credits per semester. Application takes place via the Undergraduate Studies office in the spring for the following year.

Students are encouraged to begin studying career options and making job search plans in late sophomore and early junior year—a good time to apply for an internship. Once you have secured an internship offer, contact our undergraduate advisor for information on receiving academic credit for your internship.

Below are some resources you can use to help you explore internships and find one that is right for you:

  • CLA Career Services (411 Bruininks Hall, formerly STSS, 612-624-7577) can help you figure out what types of internships are best for you, explore your options, and apply for specific positions. They also provide resume critiques and interviewing tips. Check out their in-depth Internships Guide.
  • GoldPass is an online database specifically for University of Minnesota–Twin Cities undergraduates. It provides local and national listings for internships, jobs, and volunteer positions. Thousands of companies and nonprofits list their positions here.
  • Grants are available to students doing unpaid internships. The CLA Undergraduate Internship Grant is a $1200 grant for CLA sophomores, juniors, and seniors pursuing internships related to their major. Four to six grants are offered each semester. Students must meet eligibility requirements. If you're awarded one of the $1200 grants, please note that the $1200 grant will be considered part of your financial aid package.

Local businesses offer a variety of internship opportunities for students to apply course concepts to issues in real-world situations. Past students have interned with:

Editing & Publishing
City Pages newspaper
Coffee House Press
Graywolf Press
Milkweed Press
Mpls.-St. Paul magazine
Tiger Oak Publications
University of Minnesota Press

Marketing/Public Relations/Writing
American Public Media/Wits
KTCZ-FM 97.1
Gopher Sports Marketing
KQQL-FM 107.9
Minnesota Public Radio
Wise Ink

Political campaigns
Minnesota AIDS Project
Minnesota Literacy Council
St. Paul Almanac

Also see English service-learning classes, in which students volunteer and intern with community partners.