Graduate Internship


While many graduate students are aiming for academic careers, USF English offers opportunities to explore a world of career possibilities outside of the university. Our robust internship program places graduate students in large corporations, small companies, and an array of non-profits within the Tampa Bay region. Remote internship opportunities are also available.

The goal of a graduate  internship is to learn how to translate academic skills academia to non-academic careers. During a semester, students work 10 hours per week for an employer/mentor who introduces them to the many tasks, skills, and expectations associated with a particular position or career field. By participating in the day-to-day activities of the internship, students gain valuable insight, practical knowledge, and key resources to help them understand the array of career options after they graduate from USF.

In addition, graduate internship students take a concurrent course with the graduate director in which they reflects on the work they are doing, conduct informational interviews with other potential employers, and create an assortment of documents (resume/job letters) to prepare for their future careers.

Arrange an Internship

MA and MFA students are introduced to internship possibilities in the Introduction to Graduate Studies course and PhD students are encouraged to apply anytime during their program. With the help of the Graduate Director, students are encouraged to find their own internships (although numerous opportunities are also routinely offered); students, therefore, should speak with the Graduate Director one semester prior to the potential start of the internship to discuss possibilities.

Intern Experiences


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Adam Cater, 

Zephyrhills Correctional Facility

For my summer internship project, I designed and implemented a creative writing program with a group of incarcerated persons at the Zephyrhills Correctional Facility. The course itself consisted of two and one-half hours of instruction on Wednesday evenings, and turned out to be some of the most fulfilling engagement with writers I have ever had. Teaching at the college level is certainly worthwhile, but teaching a group of writers who have no reason to be in the classroom other than their pure desire to learn more about the craft is a truly gratifying experience.

It turned out that the classroom instruction was only a minor aspect of the internship. The real lessons to be learned were found in the time and energy dedicated to establish such a program, to continue to comply with both university and institution requirements during the project, and to determine how such a program could best progress forward. The latter of this has turned into a project of its own, as I am now working with various university entities in an attempt to turn this one-time volunteer internship into a sustainable program.


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Cat Modlin-Jackson

Refinery 29

As an intern at the digital media publication Refinery29, I put academic research skills to use by assisting in content development for the podcast Strong Opinions Loosely Held. My primary responsibility was finding scholarship relevant to episode topics and condensing that information into plain-language reports that the podcast production team could use to write scripts. On occasion I also helped create videos for the Refinery29 Facebook page and website. Not only did the internship give me an opportunity to apply academia in the non-academic world, it gave me insight into what it takes to get a job in digital media. Moreover, by the end of the internship I came away with a better sense of how to create content that appeals to a wide audience. Now I draw on the experience I gained from the Refinery29 internship in my work as a digital journalist.