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.
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.) The Book Publishing program adheres to the standards and rules set forth by PSU’s office of Advising and Career Services. Students should be familiar with the definition of an internship to judge whether an opportunity fits the criteria.
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.
To receive credit for an internship, students first secure the internship, then determine how many credits the hourly commitment will earn. Each term, WR404/504 Internship is offered by the English department. Before attempting to register, the student should email the faculty member teaching this course in the term in which credit will be earned for permission to register. This class meets every other week and focuses on professional development. If the scheduled class time interferes with a student’s other courses or work schedule, the student should contact their advisor for alternative arrangements.
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.
Students wishing to pursue 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.