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Internships and Field Experiences

The English Department at Frostburg State University offers opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in a number of areas. Students have gained experience working at online and print newspapers, in the university's public relations office, in social media development, and with other local and regional publications.


Why an internship?

An internship gives you practical experience in a professional setting, one that allows you to develop and refine a variety of skills.  The hands-on experience you gain helps to build your resume and make you more marketable.

Who is eligible for a Field Experience or an internship?

To be eligible, you must have junior or senior standing.  You can do an internship during semester or the summer.  If you have a summer internship that is appropriate for English credit, keep in mind you’ll need to pay tuition for any credits you earn.

To be eligible for an Internship in English (ENGL 495), you must be in good academic standing.  The ideal candidate should have

  • excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • 2-3 faculty members who can recommend you as a writer and as a responsible person (e.g., one who attends class regularly and on time, meets deadlines, contributes to class)

Credit Options for Internships

ENGL 494    Field Experience in Writing: 3 credits for 9 hours work per week

ENGL 495/492   Internship in English: 6 credits (18 hours per week) or 12 credits (36 hours per week).  Additional 1-credit (ENGL 492) covers the seminar meetings with the internship coordinator.

For an English Field Experience or Internship, please contact:

Dr. Jill Morris
138-A Dunkle Hall

For a Field Experience to be applied to the Journalism minor, please contact:

Mr. Andy Duncan
313-B Dunkle Hall


Some examples of internship sites and typical writing opportunities:

On  campus

  • News and Media Services (press releases with an option of writing an article for the alumni magazine, Profile). 
  • WFWM (press releases, Facebook updates, publicity articles)
  • FSU Social Marketing Team

Frostburg and Cumberland area

Beyond the ‘Burg

Amy Barkman:
Amy BarkmanInternship in News and Media Services, Frostburg State University.

Amy is now the advertising and marketing manager for Bedford Farm Bureau Co-op in Bedford, PA. She oversees all of the advertising/marketing/communications for four locations and handles the accounting work for the Co-op’s seed and fertilizer programs. Amy: "One of the most rewarding and memorable experiences I had at FSU was an internship for Liz Medcalf in the News and Media Services office."


Kenisha Boone: Kenisha Boone
Internship in the Washington Literacy Center, Washington, DC

Kenisha is now Program Manager, in charge of the education program at the Washington Literacy Center. Kenisha: “Through my intern experience, I discovered that I preferred a life of meaningful service to others over a simple 9-5. My internship opened up my desire to work in the non-profit world. It is certainly rewarding to see a student you have worked with grasp a new task. My work is making a difference.”


Eric Morris: Eric Morris
Internship for the Cumberland Times-News, Cumberland, MD

Eric is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Writing, specializing in investigative journalism.  Eric: “I gained invaluable workplace experience while interning as a reporter at the Cumberland Times-News. The time I spent in the newsroom prepared me for the fast-paced, deadline-driven life of a professional journalist.”