English@Work program helping prepare students for careers in English

Feb 09, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Heading into the workforce might seem intimidating for some college graduates, but one University of Iowa class is working to lessen that fear by showing and providing English majors with the tools to enter the work world—and they’re succeeding.

The class, English@Work, is offered through the Department of English, which is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. English@Work helps students realize the high demand of their skills in the workforce. So far the program has launched students into a number of internships including one at Prairie Lights, a marketing and research firm in Cedar Rapids, and the International Writing Program.

It’s also created internships for Creative Nonfiction writers and revitalized internships with the UI Press. One student in the class was accepted to serve as a peer advisor at the Pomerantz Career Center starting this spring, helping to further ties between Pomerantz and the Department of English.

The two joined forces in fall 2014 to create English@Work and help students learn why the knowledge and skills gained as an English major are valuable in the eyes of employers.

Throughout the course students create resumes, write sample cover letters, test out software for designing portfolios, practice informational and informal interviews, and learn how to navigate finding internships.

Registration filled up almost immediately this semester, and with the Department of English continually researching internships by reaching out to alumni and local business, they are optimistic the program will keep growing.

Sign up for the class on ISIS when registration is available for the Fall 2015 semester. 

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college comprising the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 16,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students study each year in the College’s 39 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.