The internship program in English (496R) offers you an opportunity to earn academic credit for work done off-campus with firms and organizations in the Atlanta area and occasionally elsewhere. Limited to English or Creative Writing majors in their last three semesters of residence, the internship allows one to apply the research and writing skills which the study of literature normally develops to an employment situation where those skills are highly valued: newspaper and magazine work, advertising and public relations, broadcasting, legal research, and corporate communications, to name a few. Interns have in the past worked at CNN, the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Magazine, and numerous local broadcasting and publishing companies.

Internships acquaint students with the practical extensions of a liberal arts education. English majors usually develop some genuinely marketable skills, such as the ability to analyze written materials carefully, a knowledge of research techniques, and proven expertise in writing the English language. An internship may open a window for you into the world beyond the campus and help prepare you for the transition from academic life to business or professional life.

Choose an internship carefully by using the resources at the Emory Career Center and by networking with friends and any professional contacts you may have.

NOTE: Non-academic summer internship credit is offered through the College, not by Departments. Contact about this internship credit.

The application can be found here.


The internship is open to English or Creative Writing majors in their last three semesters of residence. Applicants must have a good academic record, particularly in English courses. An important criterion for selection is proven ability to write clear, readable English. Admission to the program depends upon the availability of a placement to match a student's particular qualifications and needs. Applications must be completed before the end of Add/Drop for the semester when the internship will take place.

Academic Credit

Interns may receive up to 12 hours of academic credit in English 496R, but no more than four hours in any one semester. Please note: no internship hours may be counted toward the major. Internship credits are always awarded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Internships performed over the summer may qualify for one credit hour, to be applied to the fall schedule.

Internship Requirements

Requirements vary depending on which program the student elects and the particular nature of a given internship. In general, however, the intern must:

  • Receive a rating of satisfactory or better in a written report on performance submitted by the employer or supervisor at the end of the internship period
  • Present a copy of actual projects or papers or the results of work performed to the coordinator for evaluation
  • Turn in a written appraisal of his or her work experience (a kind of self-study)