The graduate program in Book Publishing recognizes that internships and independent study can be a valuable means of expanding the curriculum and allowing students to pursue special interests. Students wishing to pursue either internships or independent study should seek the approval of a faculty member willing to undertake the arrangement. Please keep in mind that faculty choose to take on these courses on top of their regular workload. To register, a student must fill out a By Arrangement Request form, have it signed by the faculty member, and leave it with English Department staff to be signed by the Chair and forwarded to Registration.
Cooperative Education/Internship (WR 404/504)
The graduate program in Book Publishing has internship agreements and longstanding relationships with many small presses, literary non-profits, magazines and journals, providers of publishing services, and so forth. (Currently enrolled students have access to a database of these relationships.) In Cooperative Education/Internship arrangements, students typically complete relevant professional duties for a business or non-profit, gaining valuable on-the-job experience, and present a reflection on their work experience to the sponsoring faculty member. They must also submit a letter of evaluation from their internship supervisor. Cooperative Education/Internship coursework applicable to the degree is limited to 9 credits in the graduate program in Book Publishing; however, in any given term an internship may be taken for between 1 and 4 credits, depending on the number of hours worked. One credit equals 40 hours, 2 credits equals 80 hours, 3 credits equals 120 hours, and 4 credits equals 160 hours. PSU has four terms per year: Fall (late September–early December), Winter (January–March), Spring (April–early June), and Summer (late June–mid-August). Internships can fall within these terms or can span terms, as long as the total hourly commitment is met.
Writing and Conference (WR 405/505)
In Writing and Conference arrangements, students typically conduct independent research and present their results and analysis in a final paper submitted to the sponsoring faculty member. Writing and Conference coursework applicable toward the degree is limited to 12 credits in the graduate program in Book Publishing; however, in any given term a Writing and Conference may be taken for between 1 and 4 credits, depending on the scale of the project being undertaken.