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English Partners & Opportunities

The English Department has partnered with businesses in the local Ann Arbor and the surrounding greater-Detroit areas to provide our students with exciting and enriching internship opportunities across a variety of career options.

The partner list below is in no way comprehensive but it includes opportunities that are currently available.

The English Department offers some funding for internship opportunities for qualified students.

For more information or questions, please contact the English Department Internship Coordinator, Lisa Makman.

Opportunities with English Partners

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Detroit Historical Society Archival Interns - Spring 2020

The Detroit Historical Society is offering one or more internships that focus on archival work. These internships include artifact processing, cataloging, research, writing, and interpretation. The interns will learn how to enter material into a Past Perfect database, digitize and interpret the material, and store the physical and digital artifacts properly.The intern may work on one or more of the following projects.

The first project involves processing glass plate photographic negatives created by regional photographer Louis James Pesha. In 1901, Pesha opened a studio on the St. Clair River in Marine City, Michigan, and began capturing images of passing ships. Following his death in 1912, his wife sustained this tradition. Because of the high quality of the plates and the studio’s location, Pesha’s photographs offer some of the finest images of early 20th century Great Lakes ships. The collection includes 1000 plates, half of which have been processed and can be viewed online. The archival intern will learn how to process the remaining 500 plates.

The second project involves processing approximately 1,000 plans for Great Lakes ships, from passenger and freight vessels, to yachts, survey craft, lightships and salvage equipment. The artifacts represent the work of naval architects throughout the Great Lakes region; they include original vellum drawings, incidental sketches, and shipyard blueprints. Most notable are the works of Frank Kirby, Detroit Dry Dock Company, Great Lakes Engineering Works, Defoe Shipbuilding, John Hacker, Russell Pouliot, and Mack Earle.

The third project involves extensive research and is conducted in partnership with the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History (AGLMH). The project includes locating and documenting art pertinent to Great Lakes maritime culture – vessels, ports, sailors, passengers – and entering the material’s metadata into an existing beta database. This project will concentrate on art in the form of paintings, sketches, sculptures, models, and lithographs. Some of this material will be found in large institutional collections and can be gathered from existing database files. However, a majority of material will be located in smaller collections, such as local libraries, colleges, and with private individuals.

The internship supervisor for these projects will be Joel Stone, DHS Senior Curator, with direction provided by a variety of archival and curatorial staff. The bulk of activity will take place at the Collections Resource Center (CRC) located at Historic Fort Wayne. 

To apply, please contact Joel Stone, DHS Senior Curator, joels@detroithistorical.org


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Flagship Niagara League - Social Media and Digital Marketing Intern

Join the Flagship Niagara League as a Social Media/Digital Marketing Intern and sail on the Brig Niagara for 2-3 months on the Great Lakes. The Brig Niagara seeks an intern to become part of the ship’s crew and capture the experience of sailing on the ship in words and images for social media.

For more information, contact Lisa Makman, English Internship Director, lmakman@umich.edu

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Macmillan Learning Curriculum Solutions - Editorial Production Intern 


The Editorial Production Interns will primarily work with a team of Production Editors to prepare complex manuscript materials for typesetting. They will have the opportunity to learn about the publishing process by working with various teams (Managing Editors, Designers, and Proofreaders) and by obtaining hands-on experience with many different projects. This is primarily a production position with a focus on file preparation (not editing or writing).

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have graduated within the last 3 months. Must be available to work onsite in our Plymouth, MI office from mid-March through July. Must be able to work 15–20 hours/week in March and April, and then 40 hours/week in May, June, and July. Work hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm.

Potential candidates will be given a short text preparation task to complete as part of the interview process.

Visit the Editorial Production Intern Posting for details and to apply.

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826Michigan - Summer Internships

826Michigan offers a variety of internships, and we cater each one to an intern’s specific goals and interests. Internships range from one semester to one year, and typically involve twelve hours a week. 

Summer internship run from early-May to mid-August, and applications are due by March 15, 2020

If you are interested in applying to the 826michigan Internship Program, please email Volunteer Manager Sheena Crenshaw, sheena@826michigan.org.

Emails should include:

  • a resume and cover letter, both of which should have your name in the title of the file. In your cover letter, please indicate why you’re interested in interning at 826michigan, when you hope to start, and something about yourself we couldn’t learn from your resume. 
  • Look over our list of internships and include the ones you are most interested in.

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UM Biological Station, Communications Internship

The UMBS, located at the tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, has been providing exceptional field and research experiences for undergraduates since 1909-and great science requires effective communication. For the past two summers, UMBS has hosted a communications intern to help plan and execute events, engage with alumni and the local community, support surveying efforts and contact management, document camp life (through video and photography), and help tell the story of UMBS as a leading U.S. field station.

To apply, contact: Jenny Kalejs, Outreach Coordinator, jennkale@umich.edu

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Tall Ships Challenge - Writing and Communications Intern

TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE maritime events on the Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico promote maritime history and our waterfront communities. Throughout the summer internship program, participants are encouraged to share their experiences sailing and living aboard the tall ships to a national audience through writing creative essays and blog posts, video interviews, and social media.   

For more information, contact Erin Short, erin@tallshipsamerica.org

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Publishing Internships

Contact U-M English alum Jackson Howard, assistant editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, to find out about internship opportunities at FSG.  Jackson works at the experimental imprints FSG Originals and MCD. He acquires fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on young, underrepresented, queer, and experimental voices, and his first acquisition, Fernando A. Flores's Tears of the Trufflepig, was long-listed for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. 


Contact Jackson Howard, Editor, jackson.howard@fsgbooks.com

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Michigan News - Writing & Editing Internships

Michigan News is the central campus office that promotes research, major events, expertise and programs to enhance the university’s reputation around the world. Michigan News uses multiple methods and platforms for storytelling including news release distribution, social media engagement and multimedia production. Students working with Michigan News may work on a specific publication or project, or may be able to work across the organization. 

Contact, Laurel Thomas, Senior Public Relations Strategist, ltgnagey@umich.edu

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Ecology Center - Summer Internships

The aim of The Ecology Center is to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. The Center helps to advance the best available solutions to the enormous environmental challenges we face today.

To do that, we do the following:

  • We educate consumers to help keep their families healthy and safe
  • We push corporations to use clean energy, make safe products, and provide healthy food
  • We provide people with innovative services that promote healthy people and a healthy planet.
  • We work with policymakers to establish laws that protect communities and the environment

Interns will participate in a variety of tasks to support our work.

To find out more, contact Jeff Gearhart, Research Director,  jeffg@ecocenter.org


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Michigan Quarterly Review -Editorial & Marketing Assistant Intern

Application Deadline - March 1, 2020

Michigan Quarterly Review (MQR) the University of Michigan's flagship literary journal publishes essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and book reviews.

MQR is seeking an Editorial and Marketing Assistant to help MQR’s management administer the magazine’s business and in its production process.  Duties will alternate among the following tasks according to need (8 hours a week):

  • Handle correspondence including special mailing projects
  • Assist in maintaining subscription and contributor databases
  • Fill online orders 
  • Assist with managing submissions on Submittable
  • Assist in preparing author contracts
  • Conduct research projects related to magazine content
  • Respond to mailed submissions
  • Upload print and archival content into Word Press for the MQR website 
  • Select excerpts and public domain images for the MQR website and social media
  • Assist in other publication-related tasks and arrangements
  • Help staff and promote events
  • Assist Online Editor with carrying out social media strategy across various platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook via Hootsuite
  • Monitor social and google analytics to identify trends and growth opportunities
  • Work with MQR editors to help market the magazine to three discrete groups: national audience; regional (Midwest) audience; and local (Ann Arbor) audience
  • Opportunities may include AWP, alumni newsletters, Hopwood newsletters, libraries, Parents’ Week, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor Art Center, Kerrytown Bookfest, Top of the Park, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the magazine editor

Required Qualifications

  • Major or minor in English
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong social media skills; must have familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Hootsuite
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong follow up skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office Programs and G-Suite
  • Enthusiasm for the literary Arts
     

Desired Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for the literary arts
  • Editorial or journalism experience
  • Proficiency in WordPress
  • Understanding of Google Analytics
  • Understanding of Photoshop, InDesign, Canva, or similar program

 

To apply, contact: H.R. Webster. Managing Editor, Michigan Quarterly Review, hrweb@umich.edu

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Ann Arbor Public Library Interns

At this time, AADL is looking to fill four internships:

Software Development Intern, Data Visualization Intern, Archives Intern, User Experience Intern, Youth Services Intern

The Ann Arbor District Library’s Public Library Associate program offers paid, practical experience for applicants looking to build their skills and knowledge in an exciting, fast-paced environment. These internships are available to any applicants with relevant skills, interests, and experience. The internships last for one year from date of hire, with an optional second year extension available to interns who excel in their work.

The Ann Arbor District Library’s Public Library Associate program offers paid, practical experience for applicants looking to build their skills and knowledge in an exciting, fast-paced environment. These internships are available to any applicants with relevant skills, interests, and experience. The internships last for one year from date of hire, with an optional second year extension available to interns who excel in their work.
Pay Range: $13.40 - $14.76
Hours: Part-time, up to 19 hours at the discretion of the Department Manager or Supervisor and including some evening and weekend hours

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FLOW (For the Love of Water) - Communications Intern

Everything we do is reflected in our name: For Love of Water, or simply, FLOW. The Great Lakes belong to all of us. Our mission is to safeguard the Great Lakes, as well as groundwater and drinking water across the basin. We help protect 20% of the planet’s surface freshwater by engaging and activating citizens to join with us to advance public trust policy solutions informed by our cutting-edge policy work. 

The Communications Intern will be responsible for original research and writing, including research and reporting on various Great Lakes water-related campaigns and topics, interviews, case studies, blogs, social media content, videos, photos, and more.

For more information and to apply, contact Kelly Thayer, Deputy Director, kelly@flowforwater.org

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Hour Media - Marketing Research Intern (Summer 2020)

Hour Media, the publisher of Hour Detroit, DBusiness, Detroit Home, Metro Detroit Wedding magazines and more, is proud to offer a marketing research internship for the Summer 2020 term alongside Hour’s sister research company, Professional Research Services. Ideal candidates willwork a minimum of 20 hours per-week. Schedules are negotiable, but a four month commitment is required. Interns must be enrolled in a university; however the
intern does not have to be receiving credit to be eligible for the position.

PRS works with several city and regional Magazines nationwide in providing them solid research methodology for their publications. Interns will assist the marketing research department in day-to-day tasks including, tracking survey results, fact checking professionals, assisting with marketing campaigns and communicating with potential
clients.

Requirements: Qualified students will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher with strong Microsoft Excel skills. Hour Media offers its interns substantial projects and significant opportunity for skill-development. We are looking for hard-working individuals who enjoy a fast-paced environment and are willing to take on new tasks. Professionalism and responsibility are a must.

Note: This is an unpaid internship

Required Documentation: Cover Letter, Resume

Contact:  
To apply for this position, please contact apotter@hour media.com or sshevin@hour-meida.com with the required documentation listed above. No phone calls, please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.