ENG 495 gives students the opportunity to get hands-on professional experience in a field related to English studies. The Department of English matches a student intern with an appropriate host organization, and depending on the host’s needs, the intern spends the semester assisting with writing, editing, copyediting, research, public relations, and other communications-oriented tasks.
Interns commit to working 8-12 hours each week for their host organizations. These are unpaid internships; students in the program earn three academic credits, and the internship experience counts as one of the 400-level electives for the English major. Students who qualify for the internship program are usually in the final semesters of their degree programs at the university.
In addition to working with their host organizations, interns in ENG 495 submit weekly reports reflecting on their experience, a mid-term report, a final report, and a formal letter of application and resume. Responses to a few short reading assignments about internships, the job market, and professional conduct are the focus of some of the weekly reports.
If you are interested in pursuing an internship, write to Cynthia Ward at email@example.com to set up a short interview, and attach a four- to six-page sample of your strongest writing. Academic writing you have done for a class is fine if it’s your best work, but non-fiction such as journalism or technical writing is optimal. Do not submit examples of creative writing. You will need an override to enroll in ENG 495, so you need to go through this approval process before registering for the class.
The host organization plays a direct supervisory role with the intern, assigning work and giving feedback as necessary. The UHM-based supervisor of the internship program remains in contact with the students throughout the semester and is always available if questions or concerns arise. Interns send the supervisor weekly reports on their activities, and they write a mid-semester and final report on their experience. They also compile a portfolio of work they have completed during their time with the host organization.
Sponsoring an intern requires hosts to devote time to orienting and supervising a temporary staff member, so we strive to place only the strongest students with our community partners. Students must first interview with the UHM-based supervisor and submit a sample of their writing. The host organization will then interview the prospective intern, and may decline to take on students who appear unsuitable for the position.
Internships offer invaluable experience with the day-to-day operations of the kind of publications, businesses, and organizations in which English majors and minors typically seek employment. An internship on your resume and a strong letter of recommendation from your host will give you an advantage when you’re applying for jobs.
In addition to the hosts listed below, you may organize your own internship with an organization you identify yourself. All internship arrangements must be approved by the UHM supervisors of the internship program.
Current Host Organizations for UHM English Department Interns
The organizations listed below have either hosted interns from the UHM English Department in the past or have expressed an interest in hosting an intern this semester. Please note that an organization’s inclusion on this list does not guarantee that an internship will be available with that organization in a given semester.
College of Languages, Linguistics, & Literature, UHM
The College of LLL at UHM is seeking an intern to assist with public outreach, social-media content creation and management, and event planning.
Hawaii Book and Music Festival (spring semesters only) The Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival employs two UHM interns to help plan this large-scale event, which takes place in May. Interns write biographies of participants, contribute copy to the festival program and Web site, maintain the festival’s presence on social media, and help in other ways with promotion for the event.
Hawaii Business Magazine
The premier publication on everything pertaining to business in Hawaiʻi, this magazine offers interns an opportunity to learn about the operations of a monthly magazine, including writing and copyediting. Students with an interest in business are especially encouraged to apply. Note: this internship requires travel to downtown Honolulu.
Hawaii Home + Remodeling This magazine devoted to remodeling, architecture, and landscaping in Hawai‘i has been an excellent host for several UHM interns, who get hands-on experience in magazine publishing and writing. Each intern has been assigned articles that have appeared in the publication, so this internship is a great way to start building a portfolio.
Hawaii Literacy This organization promotes literacy among adults and children throughout the community through various programs, a book mobile, and libraries located in public housing projects in Honolulu. Interns assist with event planning, publicity, grant writing, and the operations of the libraries.
Hawai‘i Language Roadmap Initiative A partnership between UHM and the Governor’s office, the Hawai‘i Language Roadmap Initiative seeks to promote language education and advocacy to build the state’s multilingual workforce. Students conduct interviews with community stakeholders, write articles, and contribute to the initiative’s social media campaign.
Aimed primarily at readers outside Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Magazine covers a range of topics connected with the state.
The internship involves writing, proofreading, editing, image editing, layout, and design. Note: this internship requires travel to downtown Honolulu.
Honolulu’s premier arts, culture, and travel magazine, Honolulu Magazine offers editorial and web editorial internships that involve students in many aspects of the magazine’s production, including editing and social-media content creation. Note: this internship requires travel to downtown Honolulu.
Honolulu Publishing Company This publisher focuses largely on visitors to Hawaii, with publications like the Hawaii Drive Guides and Spotlight’s Hawaii Guides. The internship involves writing, proofreading, editing, image editing, layout, and design. Interns apply in spring for fall semester.
Ka Leo Working for the UHM campus newspaper gives you the opportunity to publish work quickly and to gain writing, copyediting, and interviewing experience.
Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing Published by UH Press, this journal publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from throughout the world. Interns gain hands-on experience with the proofreading, editing, planning, and production processes that go into producing a high-quality literary periodical. Please note that Mānoa requires a proofreading exam as part of the interview process.
Nella Media Group/FLUX Magazine Nella Media Group publishes the lifestyle magazine FLUX along with Innov8, the Go! Mokulele in-flight magazine, the Chinatown Newspaper, and Lei. Interns with NMG get access to all the dimensions of magazine publishing and are assigned articles that appear in NMG publications.
Pacific New Media This program runs workshops on Web design, photography, social media, and other media-intensive topics. Interns work on event planning, social media writing, video production, and other support activities. The staff at PNM is supportive and dynamic, and the internship will put you in touch with media and technology leaders here in Hawai‘i and throughout the US.
Read to Me International An organization devoted to encouraging adults to read aloud to children run by former Hawai‘i First Lady Lynn Waihee, Read to Me is a new internship partner for us. Tasks would include writing, editing, event planning, and public relations. For example, Haku Mo`olelo (Write Stories) is a project designed for female inmates at WCCC Prison. The Inmates write their own children’s story that is published for them to read aloud (on a tape recorder) to their child. The book and CD are mailed home to their child.
The Smithsonian This semester-long academic internship at the world renowned Smithsonian Institution located in Washington, D.C. is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Enjoy world-class exhibits and offerings of the museums and galleries that comprise the Smithsonian Institution, while also making a valuable professional contribution to one of its programs. To top it off, you will be living in the heart of our nation’s capital with other interns. Interns apply in Spring 2017 for the Fall 2017 semester. (Please keep in mind that you can only take ENG 495 for credit in the major once; if you pursue an internship for Spring 2017 and the Smithsonian internship for Fall 2017, the second ENG 495 course would only count as elective credit.)
The Smithsonian Institution interns will be provided round trip airfare from Honolulu to D.C., housing, and a monthly stipend. In addition, the interns have the support of members of the National Capital Region Chapter of the University of Hawaiʻi Alumni Association who take pride in assisting and guiding the interns as needed and desired.
Sof Ma`arav History Project Interns will help product a comprehensive history of the Hawai`i Jewish Congregation of Sof Ma`arav. Tasks involve assisting with the organization, recording, and transcription of oral histories; conducting archival research; compiling demographic, organizational, membership, and leadership information; and providing technical assistance to the project.
Surfrider Foundation Working closely with O‘ahu chapter coordinator Stuart Coleman, interns at the Surfrider Foundation help support the ocean-focused public education and advocacy work of the Surfrider foundation. Stuart is a successful writer with years of experience in publishing and freelancing.
Tinfish Press This press publishes books of experimental poetry, often focused on the Pacific region, broadly defined. Interns help with copyediting, proofreading, production, and event planning and gain valuable experience with the world of small presses.
Trim This magazine is devoted to the history and culture of surfing around the world. Interns research and write articles, transcribe interviews, and are involved in the copyediting and design of the publication. Students with Hawaiian language skills are especially encouraged to apply, as some of the research involves Hawaiian-language materials.