Nationwide, employers emphasize the importance of internships; indeed, a significant
number of employers--34%--report that they specifically look for internship experience on the resume of job applicants. And a letter of recommendation from the supervisor of your internship can be invaluable
in landing the job you want.
Towson offers many excellent internships with magazines, publishing houses, newspapers,
public relations firms, and businesses. Each will give you a chance to discover the
practical application of the skills you've acquired in writing, critical thinking,
editing, oral communication, literary analysis, and research.
The English Department offers two different internships. ENGL 497 (Internship) is appropriate for all students. It is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. ENGL 498 (Internship as Capstone) is designed to meet the capstone requirement of the English major. It uses regular
(A-F) grading and requires completion of your English Major Assessment Portfolio.
For more information, see Professor Michael Downs, Professor of English and Coordinator
of the English Internships. Office: LA 5332. Phone: 410-704-3695. Email: mdowns AT_TOWSON. Professor Downs' office hours are posted beside his office door.
Connecting the University and a Career
Employers who have welcomed English interns in recent semesters
Press Box (a newspaper dedicated to area sports)
Chesapeake Home Magazine (a perennial favorite; the Editor-in-Chief was one of our majors)
Cadmus Communications (a leading publisher of scientific and medical journals, offering
an outstanding internship)
Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity (a great opportunity to learn about and practice grant
Cook Library (for anyone thinking of doing graduate work in library science)
Script Magazine (a leading publication in movie and television screenwriting, and another perennial
The National Aquarium (“swim with the fish”—not—but you can write about them, do public
relations writing, and help plan events)
Waterman’s Gazette (a newsletter for those who catch fish rather than look at them . . . located in Annapolis)
American Red Cross
Style Magazine (like Chesapeake Home, a popular choice for those interested in an internship in editing with a popular
Brick House Books (work as an editorial assistant at Clarinda Harriss’s small press;
a rare opportunity in editing in creative writing)
Poetry.com (another opportunity in creative writing)
The Mercury (work as editor of the Humanities program newsletter)
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Sylvan Learning Center
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Grub Street (Towson’s award-winning publication)
Henry Adams LLC (within walking distance of campus)
Maryland Public Television (a student is currently working a production assistant
Young Audiences—Arts for Learning
Law Offices of John Turnbull (shadow a Towson lawyer and find out if you really want
to go to law school)
Towson Chamber of Commerce
Our own English Professors (Chris Cain, Michael Downs, and George Hahn are among those
who have taken on interns as research assistants or manuscript editors)
Baltimore Sun (a great opportunity to intern at a newspaper with a proud history)
N.B.: This list is only a sampling of the opportunities available to students.
Students may also “self select” an internship for Professor Downs' approval.
See the Towson University Career Center.