Internships are becoming an increasingly important part of an education. College graduates today find themselves in diverse workforce settings, and would benefit from hands-on experience and training that strengthen their resume and prepare for a future career. The English Department is dedicated to providing a wealth of internship opportunities for students throughout the University. Internships are made available through the English 3805 course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for English 3085?

The course is open to juniors or seniors in any major, preferably with a 2.5 GPA or higher and strong writing and language skills.

What kinds of internships are available?

Interns use their English language skills: writing, editing, textual analysis, research, tutoring in literacy or literature, verbal communication, in professional settings, such as publishing, law, government, cultural institutions, non-profits, business. Most internships are unpaid but carry academic credit. Most are located in center-city Philadelphia or near Temple’s campuses.

What are the requirements?

Students in English 3085 are required to interview for their positions, create and present current resumes and cover letters, post weekly journal entries on Blackboard, take part in online discussions with the instructor and other interns, and submit final papers evaluating the internship experience. The major part of the internship is the work done at the professional site.

How are credits determined?

For three credits, interns work 10 hours a week for 14 weeks or the equivalent (140 hours total). Additional or fewer credits are pro-rated at 47 hours total per credit. The course may be taken for 1-12 credits over several semesters.

How do students find their internships?

Securing an internship is excellent practice for a job search after graduation. After an initial interview with Professor Robison to assess their interests and options, students apply to appropriate sites, interview with interested employers, and arrange work schedules with the workplace supervisor when an internship is offered.

How are interns registered for the course?

Students cannot register themselves for English 3085. In order to be registered, a student who has been accepted as an intern should email Professor Robison,

Recent Internship Placement

Editing & Publishing:

  • Temple University Press
  • Running Press
  • Perseus Books
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Friends Journal
  • Jewish Publication Society
  • Jessica Kingsley Publishing
  • Apiary Magazine
  • Vindico Publishers
  • Esquire Magazine
  • DC Comics
  • South Jersey Magazine
  • Philadelphia Style
  • Magazine
  • Quirk Books
  • Heartworm Press
  • Magazine American
  • Lifestyle Magazine
  • Rodale Press
  • Penumbra Press
  • Paradigm Magazine


  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • City Paper
  • Philadelphia Weekly
  • University City Review
  • The Spirit Newspaper
  • Chestnut Hill Local
  • Live Well Revolution
  • Campus Philly
  • Garrubbo Guide
  • Rockonphilly
  • GenHERation
  • EmpowHER
  • South Jersey Magazine
  • Jerusalem Post

Law & Government:

  • US Court Pre-Trial Services
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Solicitor’s Office
  • Department of Labor
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • Department of Labor
  • US Attorney DA’s Office
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s office
  • Philly VIP Congressman Joe Sestak’s office
  • Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz’s office
  • Office of Hon. Judge Karen Shreeves-Johns
  • Philadelphia Prison Society Berks County Courthouse
  • Montemurro Law Firm
  • The Henry Law Firm

Non-Profit Organizations:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Catholic Charities
  • Urban Affairs Coalition
  • Berks County Animal Rescue
  • National Adoption Center
  • Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Intercultural Family Services
  • Girls Incorporated
  • TMG Health
  • Eisenhower Fellowship Foundation
  • Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks

Cultural Institutions:

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Franklin Institute
  • University Museum
  • WXPN
  • World Cafe Theatre
  • Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
  • Wilma Theater
  • Arden Theater
  • Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
  • Trocadero
  • Moonstone Arts Center
  • Fringe Arts
  • Arts Sanctuary
  • Freeman’s Auction House
  • Rare Books
  • Literacy and Literature Tutoring
  • Mighty Writers
  • Nationalities Service Center
  • JumpStart
  • Tree House Books
  • Center for Literacy
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • PuppetQ Theater
  • Greenfield School
  • Educare
  • Let’s Get Ready
  • Warrior Writers
  • Puentes de Salud
  • Charter School Services

Radio & Television:

  • MTV
  • WMMR
  • CBS-TV

Research, Cataloging, & Lecturing:

  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Temple Libraries, Paley and Ambler
  • Michener Museum
  • Tom Keels, Author, Temple Press

Marketing & Advertising:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • Chris Lotts
  • Literary Agency
  • Braithwaite Communications
  • GSW Marketing/Advertising
  • Breslow Associates
  • Temple University Press
  • Gallery ML
  • Comcast
  • Comcast SportsNet
  • Suburban One Sports
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • The Weinstein Company