Internship Guidelines for English majors

 Students interested in a credit-bearing internship should

  • Have met the prerequisites as listed below prior to beginning the internship
  • Have completed the paperwork requesting credit prior to beginning the internship
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Enroll for the internship course, ENG 4950 Internship, ENG 5950 Internship, CSDY 4950 Internship, or CSDY 5950 Internship after speaking with Dr. Dumin
    • Can receive from 1-8 hours of credit
    • Expect to complete 60 work hours for each 1 hour of class credit requested


  • Have achieved Junior class standing
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher in major and overall
  • Have a résumé approved by Dr. Dumin and uploaded into
    • You may find it helpful to speak with a professor in your area to see what sorts of information would be best to include on a résumé 
    • Completion of ENG 4023 Technical Writing is strongly suggested for students completing internships outside of the English department


  • While working on your internship, you should expect to act professionally.
  • You are a visible ambassador for UCO and should act accordingly.
  • You will put together a portfolio from the work that you complete while in your internship(s).  Keep copies of your work, with permission from your employer.


What is an internship?

An internship (or practicum) is an out-of-classroom work experience that may encompass a number of situations, such as a place of business, with a non-profit organization, or with a faculty member working on organizing a conference or editing a scholarly or professional journal.

Why should I take an internship?

Students who participate in internships may gain valuable real-world knowledge that may be beneficial when they enter the workplace.  Students may learn about good writing and clear communication, good business practices, group work, and more.

 Who is eligible to intern?

Students who have met the Prerequisites as listed above.

 Students working for course credit are NOT permitted to

  • work for a family member, unless prior approval is granted through the internship coordinator. No family member can supervise a relative.
  • gain internship credit at a place of business where they are currently employed.

 Where can I find an internship?

Be sure to register for  This website is a wonderful resource and starting place to look for internships.  You may also find internships through word-of-mouth or by networking.

What is required of a course-credit intern?

Students must complete 60 hours of work on-the-job for every course credit hour earned. To determine how many hours of credit can be earned, use one of the following formulas:

  • (hours per week x number of weeks) = total hours ÷ 60 for number of credits possible  . . . OR
  • 4 hours per week for 15 weeks = 1 credit hour

Students are also required to complete two portfolio items during their internship as well as a 3-5 page typed paper summarizing the intern experience.  In some instances, a student may arrange with his or her internship supervisor and the English department’s Internship Coordinator to present alternative documentation of his or her work as an intern, if the nature of the internship warrants special arrangements of this kind.

 Are interns paid?

The majority of interns are not paid. UCO does allow students who are receiving course credit for their internships to be paid, providing they have not worked in the current position for the current supervisor for more than three months.

 How long is an internship?

Interns generally work for one semester (fall/spring/summer). Interns must work 60 hours on-the-job for each credit hour earned. If an intern works 16 weeks during a 17 week semester, that is approximately 5 hours per week for one credit hour.

If an internship is completed over the summer, students should plan to register for fewer hours based on the amount of time available during the summer for coursework.

Can an intern work more than one semester?

We prefer that students secure a variety of internships in order to explore career opportunities, network and expand their knowledge base. Occasionally interns are permitted to remain with one sponsor longer than one semester. This requires special permission from the intern coordinator.

Links to course outline, contract

Here is the link to a pdf file of the Internship Course Outline.

Here is the link to a pdf file of the Internship Employer-Employee Contract.

Here is the link to the Student Internship Manual.

Contact information

Dr. Laura Dumin

English Department – Internship Coordinator

LAR 101B

(405) 974-5635

William Heckenkemper

Career Services – Coordinator of Internships

NUC 338

(405) 974-3346