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Indiana University Bloomington

Internships in English


Administrative Internship

Undergraduate English majors are eligible to serve as editorial interns for the Indiana University Writers' Conference. Three or four interns will be selected to help prepare for and run the summer 2015 conference. The conference is one of the oldest and most respected of its kind and brings nationally prominent authors to Bloomington for a week each summer to teach courses and workshops to conference enrollees. Part of the spring semester and all of Summer Session I, this year's spring interns will assist in preparing the IUWC Guide and posters, and will support the director and assistant director in other tasks related to publicity, sponsorship, and general conference administration. Past interns have found the tasks assigned pleasurable because of their importance and skill-building nature. Applicants should have some background in creative writing or contemporary literature. Students with web, desktop publishing, database, or other specialized computer skills are particularly encouraged to apply (though such experience is not mandatory). Specific job descriptions can be found here.

Interns are expected to work eight to ten hours a week until the week of the conference, when they will be required to work 40 hours. Interns may register for up to three hours of credit in English L498 (S/F grading), and are also eligible to apply for a modest grant from the Honors College.

To be eligible for this internship, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and must have 12 credits in English at the 200-level or above, including L202 or L260. If you are interested in serving, please print and fill out the application form found here and send it along with a letter of application and vita to Ed Comentale, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English, Ballantine Hall 442, by the deadline specified below. The letter should address the specific requirements of the application and mention relevant work experience, relevant art-administration or computer courses taken, English courses taken, and reasons for interest in the internship. It should also supply class standing, campus address, e-mail address, and telephone number. The final selection of interns will be made by the staff of the Writers’ Conference. For further information, please contact the conference director, Bob Bledsoe (email