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Dispatches from the Field: Revisted

Alexander Lawrence Berry

“It feels amazing to be able to apply the skills you learn in school to an actual position in an organization.”

Alex Berry interned for UW Eau Claire-Extension in Fall of 2016. This internship will help his future career path by giving him “real world experience” in an editing and writing position, as well as by giving him “professional connections and references” that he can use later on to get a job. The internship also helps him expand his knowledge of the skills that will become necessary in his future employment.

A Rhetoric of Science Technology and Culture major, Berry says that through his many years of refining his writing abilities via his various assignments in class as well as working as a writing tutor for the Center of Writing Excellence, he was able to enter his internship with much more confidence and experience than he would have had otherwise.

When asked about what skills he has seen improved, Alex Berry responded, “learning to communicate effectively with both coworkers and the community to achieve the desired results for my organization, and working collaboratively with a client to make their vision of their project into a reality.”

In giving advice to future interns he said, “try your hand at different things, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! It’s all part of the experience.”


Brittany Jansen

”I get to combine my skills and interests from my English major and music minor!”

Brittany Jansen interned for Heyde Center for the Arts in Fall of 2016. Her internship is largely focused on social media writing and as such has given her new writing experiences that she would not have obtained in the classroom.

The writing skills she has learned in class have come in handy while on job as in her words, “in social media writing it's important to be able to condense information into just a few sentences that engage readers and catch their interest.”

As opposed to the formal writing that she has become accustomed to, Jansen has gained skills in social media writing, skills that will likely aid her in her future endeavors.

In giving advice to future interns, Brittany Jansen stated simply, “Set up a meeting with Career Services to review your resume and cover letter, and get interviewing tips.”


Connor Drexler

“Being at the workplace allows me to learn new operating systems and programs and while engaging me in work I want to be a part of.”

Connor Drexler interned for the Beaver Creek Reserve on Fall of 2016. The internship allowed him to better understand the going ons in a non profit organization as well as giving him new knowledge in writing, editing, and publishing.

An English major, Connor said that his major was the “perfect blend of creative and innovative education” that would prepare him for a large arrangement of job opportunities.

When asked about what skills he has seen improved, Connor responded that he has gained “a new knowledge base on how nonprofits operates, how to allocate funding, and how to advance my organization through a variety of platforms.”

In giving advice to future interns Connor said, “you will be handling a lot of materiel that is very specific to the causes your organization works for, so make sure it is something you would want to deal with on a daily basis.”


The Fall 2016 English Interns

By Brandon Thomas Hoyne


The Fall 2016 interns have experienced working in an office setting, enhancing their skills in editing and creating professional connections and references.

Many of the interns including, Alex Lawrence Berry and Alison Rose Campbell, have found direct correlation to their future employment endeavors. In the case of Alex they found, “professional connections and references useful in finding a good job after graduation, and by helping me to expand my knowledge as to the types of skills.”

Since all internships that are recommended and managed by the English Department Internship Director, Dr. Jennifer Shaddock, are carefully geared towards English majors/minors, all of the interns this Fall have found that the skills they learned in the classroom translate well to the workplace.

In the case of, Brittany Jansen a Rhetoric in Science Technology and Culture emphasis, they saw that their writing, communication skills, and rhetorical skills were very useful at their internship at Heyde Center for the Arts.

One of the main reasons for taking on an internship is to improve upon the skills that they have acquired in class as well as receive new skills in the process. English majors have always tended to see their writing and editing skills improve but interns like Connor Drexler have gained skills inherent in nonprofit operations such as allocating funding and advancing the organization through a variety of funding.

The Fall 2016 interns each gave advice to those seeking their first internship. Some of them stated that it is best to work on bettering your resume in preparation for your interview, while others said it is best to simply look for something that you feel passionate about. However, an internship is just a step towards your future, so while it is good to do what you want, focusing on where you’ll end up is a good way to start when looking for an internship.


And remember, not only does an internship give you essential job experience, but by enrolling in ENGL 498: Internship in Writing you can get 1-3 credits for an internship, and it fulfills your entire service learning requirement.  Contact Dr. Jenny Shaddock ( for more information. 

Don't forget to attend the Internship Information Meeting on Monday, February 27 from 12:00-12:50 in CEN 4308 for more information!