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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 499
Course Title: Advanced English Internship
Number of:
Credit Hours 1-3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 1-3
Catalog Description:

Students complete 45 hours of experiential work for each credit hour.  Students typically work for publishers, for nonprofit agencies involved with writing, editing and the arts, or in other similar situations. The directing faculty member must approve the internship placement. Grades are assigned as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Prerequisites: Minimum nine hours of English coursework, senior standing, minimum 3.0 GPA in major core classes at time of registration for internship. Students may register for no more than 12 English internship credits (399 and 499 combined) during their time at Columbia College.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Minimum 9 hours of English coursework, senior standing (84 semester hours),  minimum 3.0 GPA in major core classes at time of registration of internship. Students may register for no more than 12 English internship credits (399 and 499 combined) during their time at Columbia College. 

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.

Readings may be assigned as determined by the specific research experience.

Course Objectives
  • To promote personal skills and works values.
  • To explore career options in areas related to English.
  • To promote learning through practical experience.
  • To increase personal understanding of new literary developments as an enhancement to classroom understanding.
  • To promote the literary arts.
  • To promote an understanding of career options for English majors.


Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate relationship of internship activity to English coursework.
  • Demonstrate increased understanding of the publishing industry and the latest scholarly developments as a result of the internship experience.
Topical Outline:
  • Locate English internship with help of appropriate faculty and career services coordinator
  • Complete internship contract with guidance from faculty member and career services internship coordinator
  • Complete internship orientation prior to beginning of internship
  • Complete 45 clock hours of internship work for each hour of academic credit (135 hours for three semester hours)
  • Complete all work as agreed upon in the internship contract
  • Periodically report to supervising faculty member
  • Submit a final report on the internship to include a weekly journal of internship activities, a reflection on the internship provider and its role in publishing or academia or the literary arts (whom the provider serves, how it achieves its goals, its role in society, etc.), and a personal evaluation of the internship experience.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Christina Ingoglia Date: October 5, 2011
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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