Internships and Independent Studies

MA student Julie Kane, pictured here heading to a pub at Oxford, recently studied in England as part of an independent study. 
MA student Julie Kane, pictured here heading to a pub at Oxford, recently studied in England as part of an independent study

Internships

In an internship, you work directly in an off-campus context appropriate to your field of study. One student recently worked as an editorial intern for the nationally-acclaimed literary journal Shenandoah. Such opportunities give you practical experience in your areas of interest.

Independent Studies

Students have the opportunity to tailor their field of study through independent study (ENGL 670). An independent study allows you to undertake a directed reading, research problem, or writing endeavor not covered by the MA curriculum in conjunction with a faculty member who has expertise in the area of inquiry.

Recent Independent Studies have included: Shakespeare's contemporaries; Native American mythopoetics; preparing digital editions of works using primary sources and archival materials; performing editorial work on the James Dickey Review; and assisting professors in the research and publication process of their books.