Puget Sound English Department

August 21, 2011

Back to school…and work?

UPDATED 8/27: New deadline of September 26 for applications!

We hope you’ve all had a wonderful, restful, and/or productive summer! Just in time for the beginning of classes, word of an exciting internship opportunity that several of our former students have experienced. The internship is unpaid; if you are interested in receiving course credit, please contact Professor Mahato (mmahato@pugetsound.edu) or Professor Christoph (jchristoph@pugetsound.edu).

Oh, and welcome back!

Seattle Metropolitan is seeking smart and outgoing interns for our editorial department, located in Seattle, Washington. We are now accepting applications for our fall internship program (start: September, end: February) in the following beats, or areas of concentration: Food and Drink, the Arts, Mudroom, SEO, Multimedia, and Style/Bridal.

Learn firsthand how an award-winning magazine and website are put together. Editorial interns are responsible for fact-checking; primary research and reporting for food and drink and arts blogs; editing blog posts for typos, bad links, and for optimized positioning in web searches; writing event and business listings; participating in team brainstorms; assisting editors in conceptualizing and/or executing features such as Best Doctors and multimedia projects such as slideshows, audio, and/or video content; and assisting with some administrative tasks. Editorial interns focusing on seattlemet.com are responsible for uploading magazine content to our website using our content management system and editing blogs for SEO.

Interns are expected to work closely with the respective editors of their beat and must be willing to pitch in where needed in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Interns who shine at the simpler tasks will have the opportunity to work on larger projects, such as contributing to features and writing departments. We want our interns to walk away with strong clips that they have earned.

The position requires a minimum of 20 hours a week in 4- to 5-hour stints between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm weekdays.

The ideal candidate is eager, independent, and wants to learn. Candidates should be working toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the liberal arts, especially journalism, English literature, publishing, or creative writing; graduates are also accepted. Successful candidates commonly have previous editorial experience at school magazines, newspapers, or journals; strong interest in magazine writing; good phone and research skills; and the ability to juggle several assignments at once. Interns must be located in the Seattle area during the internship. Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, and content management systems is helpful but not required. Digital photography and/or video experience is helpful but not required.

Unpaid; students may take the internship for college credit. And, ahem, you will learn firsthand how an award-winning magazine and website are put together.

Application deadline for internships beginning in September is Monday, August 29, 2011 now 9/26/11. We accept applications on a rolling basis for all terms (winter, spring, summer, fall).

Send a cover letter, resume, three references, three writing samples (if you don’t have clips, write an event listing or a post for one of our blogs) and any photographs or audio/video reels to:

Ariana Dawes, Managing Editor
Seattle Met magazine
1201 Western Ave, Suite 425
Seattle, WA 98101
edit_intern at seattlemet.com

If you email your application, make sure the word “Internship” appears in the subject line or your message may not reach its destination.

No phone calls, please.


April 25, 2011

Writing Internships: Presentation Session Tuesday, April 26

As you may or may not know, the English department offers a recurring Writing Internship course (English 497), during which students gain practical work experience, make professional connections, and reflect on the nature of careers open to those proficient in the study and use of language. This year, nine of our students are completing their internships, and will be presenting an informational and poster session on the work they have done in their positions and in the course.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 26 from 6-7 p.m. in Trimble Forum. If you’ve ever wondered “What can I do with an English major?” or “How can I help prepare myself for an exciting post-graduate career?,” you owe it to yourself to stop by. Come help celebrate the achievements of this outstanding group of student interns.

March 23, 2011

Internship in the City of Destiny!

Filed under: Activities off Campus — ATH @ 12:23 pm

Thanks to Rose Thompson for alerting us to this internship in communications for a current student or recent grad. It’s unpaid, but requires only a few hours a week and offers experience in a variety of communications and PR areas. Contact information is included below!

ORGANIZATION: City Club of Tacoma

POSITION: Communications Intern


City Club of Tacoma is seeking a smart, organized, energetic person with strong writing, communications and social media skills to assist and help lead our communications committee. This internship offers an excellent opportunity for a talented student to gain public relations and journalism experience while building relationships with Pierce County media, community and legislative contacts.

The Communications Intern will work closely with City Club of Tacoma’s leadership team to develop annual plans and provide support for City Club’s mission and objectives.

Internship Responsibilities:
– Write and distribute press releases.
– Update online calendars and postings with current events and activities.
– Increase City Club of Tacoma’s visibility and membership by using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
– Update and maintain City Club of Tacoma’s database of media and community contacts.
– Other responsibilities depending on our current campaigns.

This position will be unpaid, part time ( three to five hours per week) for six months. The internship will be based at City Club of Tacoma’s downtown offices, but the majority of work will be conducted virtually. As part of an incentive, we can offer free attendance to City Club programs for the duration of the internship.


Desired Qualifications and Abilities:
– Student or recent graduate with major in public relations, journalism or related fields.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.
– Creative thinker.
– Excellent initiative and ability to organize and keep deadlines with minimal oversight.
– Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting and fact-checking.
– Ability to be flexible, positive, take initiative, and demonstrate good judgment.
– Consistent and reliable follow-through on commitments.
– Public relations experience or abilities.
– Professionalism.


Please contact Erik Hanberg at erik@cityclubtacoma.org for more information or to apply.

February 28, 2011

Local Writing Internship

Exit133, a local blog and source for all things Tacoma, is seeking writer-interns for a new ongoing feature, Tacoma Arts in Review. If you have an affinity for the arts, an affection for our “City of Destiny,” and are a current student, you are welcome to apply. Applications are still open and accepted on a rolling basis. See link above for further information and application requirements for these positions, including specific samples of written work, and good luck!

April 27, 2010

Current Students: Writing Internship Info Session TODAY

Don’t forget to stop by Trimble Forum, today, from 6-7 to find out about internship options and the valuable role they can play in career preparation. Professor Mita Mahato and current members of English 497 (the internship course) discuss the process, placements, and rewards of this important component of our program.

And yes, of course there are refreshments!