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Introduction

Arts Internships allow students in the Faculty of Arts to gain experience in areas relevant to their fields of study. The English Internship course (ENGL 498) provides a means for students who pursue approved internships to gain up to 3 credits towards their degrees. By synthesizing their internship work and compiling their experiences into a major essay, the course is also an opportunity for students to expand upon the knowledge they gained during their internship.


Eligibility Requirements

The course is only open to U2 and U3 students in good standing, normally after completing 30 credits of a 90 credit program or 45 credits of a 96 to 120 credit program. A minimum CGPA of 3.0, permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, as well as the Faculty of Arts Internship Office are required. Arts internships involve a minimum of 150 hours of work in a host institution approved by the student’s home department or program.

N.B. ENGL 498 may count towards your Major Concentration or Honours English program as 3 “additional credits” but may not fulfill any other program requirement. ENGL 498 may not count towards Minor Concentrations in English.

This Internship will normally only be approved for work during the summer (between May 1 and August 30).


Approval Procedure

English Department Internship Approval Form

To obtain approval for the Internship and ENGL 498, the student must:

  • prior to the summer Internship, make arrangements with a faculty member in the English Department who is willing to accept the supervisory and grading responsibilities
  • in consultation with the supervisor, complete the Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here), and an attached page outlining a detailed research proposal, and submit the completed forms before the beginning of the internship to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English or to the Undergraduate Coordinator.
  • after receiving departmental approval, register for ENGL 498 for the fall term on Minerva
  • satisfy requirements established by the Arts Internship Office, found here, and obtain approval from the Arts Internship Officer.
  • after completion of the Internship, submit to the McGill supervisor a letter from the employer/supervisor at the host organization attesting to the satisfactory completion of the Internship, with a copy to the English Department’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator
  • N.B. students must complete the entire approval procedure prior to commencing the internship. Approval for the course will not be given retroactively. The approval process may take two or three weeks; requests received days before the commencement of an internship cannot be considered.

Course Requirements

Students must submit the following to their ENGL 498 course supervisor:

1) Summary of internship activities, including a description of the host institution (maximum 5 pages).
2) A letter from the supervisor at the institution attesting to the successful completion of the student’s duties.
3) A scholarly essay that discusses an aspect of the internship experience from a critical perspective (minimum 15, maximum 20 pages).


Method of Evaluation

The English department supervisor will mark the scholarly essay and consider the student’s internship summary and the host institution’s report on the student’s completion of duties to arrive at a final mark in ENGL 498. The scholarly essay will count for no less than 65% of the student’s final grade.


Deadline to submit course work for ENGL 498

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure an explicit arrangement is made with the McGill supervisor for the grading and submission of the grade on MINERVA by the appropriate deadline (one week after the end of the classes for the fall term).

If a grade is not submitted by this deadline and the student had not already withdrawn from the course, the grade will become J (incomplete), which constitutes a failure in the course on the student’s transcript.


Host Organizations

The following MS Excel file provides a listing of various host organizations, including magazines and publishers, that offer internships suitable for English students. Note: There is no guarantee that these host organizations are currently offering internships. Read all availability & deadline information carefully.

Internships for English and Cultural Studies Students  [.xls]


For further information, contact:

Department of English Student Information Assistant
For departmental contact information, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/english/

Department of English Administrative Office
For departmental contact information, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/english/

Anne Turner
Internship Officer
Faculty of Arts, McGill University
Leacock Building, Room 307
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal Quebec, Canada H3A 2T7
Tel: 514-398-2916
Fax: 514-398-8049
Email: anne [dot] turner [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Anne Turner)