GENERAL INFORMATION FOR SPONSORS
We value your participation in our program and would like to take this opportunity to give you some information about English Department Internships.
The Binghamton University English Department offers internship credit
to English majors in good standing through the English Department Internship Program (Rhet 495)
Rhet 495 is offered as either a spring/fall or a summer program with the principal difference between the two being that the spring/fall program is offered here in the Binghamton area with the departmental internship director facilitating the placements while the summer program requires the students to secure their own placements in whatever locality they are residing.
Internships are open to all qualified English majors.
To receive an internship, students must provide evidence of good grades and effective writing skills. Some students may have prior experience in the field of their prospective internship, but most of them apply on the basis of academic background and interest. For many students, an internship is a crucial first step toward determining the direction of their future careers. We are careful to choose students who are reliable, highly motivated, and ready to make a serious commitment to internship work. (Summer interns often seek out their internship placement before approaching us to apply for university credit for the internship they have found. In those instances, the screening process will have fallen pricipally to the sponsor; we seek to support the efforts of English majors who have shown the initiative to locate an internship and whose records suggest to us that they can succeed at that internship.)
Students generally receive four credits for their internships, although occasionally more or less are given under special circumstances (it is relatively common for summer interns' credit hours to vary). In general, students are not paid while taking an internship for academic credit although we do allow payment in the form of bus fare or a modest stipend to cover expenses. Sites should provide insurance for students, as they would for any volunteer at their organization. The University does not provide insurance for sites or for students.
Because our students are carefully screened English majors, we have faith in their ability to handle professional duties. We ask that they be given the opportunity to participate in the professional work of their sponsoring agency. Appropriate examples include TV production, legal research, or preparation of articles and press releases.
Students typically spend 14-16 hrs. per week for the 15 week semester (in the case of spring/fall internships) or a total of 200 hours (in the case of summer internships) at their internships; the number of hours may vary from week to week according to the amount of work that needs to be done and what is possible within the constraints of scheduling needs, keeping in mind the overall total required. The link to the academic calendar will provide information on break periods and the timing of the start and end of each semester.
Towards the end of the marking period (late November for the fall, late April for the spring, and early August for summer), a letter of evaluation will be requested. This letter will be an important part of the intern’s final assessment. Around this same time, your intern will be completing a final project analyzing their internship experience. Students are graded on a pass/fail basis based on the combined results of the final project and your letter of evaluation.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to you for providing this opportunity for our interns to learn in a professional setting. If you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact the program director.