Internships and Research Opportunities.
Internships, completed for either two or four credits, allow you to get professional experience and to explore career possibilities in fields which interest you. They help build your resume and help you examine and develop your career interests. Many Drew students do more than one internship in their four years. Credit from up to two internships can be counted toward your degree. The Center for Internships and Career Development will help you in your search for an internship. Often, English majors find internships through connections with alumni. The proximity of New York City means a wealth of publishing, media, not-for-profit, and business internships are just a train ride away. Funding is available to defray the costs of travel.
Created in 2010 by the Casement Fund Ltd. to honor Professor Emeritus John M. Warner as an exemplary teacher of English literature and language. The John M. Warner Writing Internship Endowment will provide Drew students of English with stipends to support undergraduate academic internships in industries related to writing.
Established in 2010 by Michael K. Smullen C’03 to promote journalistic excellence in the community at large and in university-related publications, to attract prospective students who have an affinity for journalism and to benefit students who dedicate significant time and effort to producing excellent journalism and who are interested in pursuing careers in journalism after graduation.
Endowed in 2012 by the Nan T. Mcevoy Foundation Fund to help qualified students participate in professional internships in the fields of media, publishing and communications. The internship stipend awarded annually to qualified students who demonstrate financial need.
As an English major, you will have significant opportunities within and beyond the curriculum to undertake independent research projects that grow out of your particular academic and professional interests in the major. These projects will help you to develop research and organizational skills and help you learn to work independently. They will also challenge you to investigate specific areas of knowledge and to wrestle with the urgent, real world questions raised by cultural texts.
Senior capstone projects are ambitious explorations of research questions. Sample topics from previous semesters include:
Honors theses are year-long independent research or creative projects where seniors, mentored by three faculty experts, engage with and contribute to scholarship in literary and writing studies or produce their own substantial creative work. Examples include:
Advanced students have the option, in close consultation with a faculty member, to design an independent course of study on a topic of interest related to literary or writing studies and creative writing. Examples include:
Other independent study topics have included:
At any point in their college careers, students have the opportunity to work as paid research assistants for faculty members within the English department. These positions give students valuable real life experience– by honing their professional communication and information literacy skills–that may lead to the discovery of new areas of scholarly interest.