Beyond the Classroom

As a student in the Department of English, you enjoy a multitude of opportunities for experiential learning.

English Internships

Internships are facilitated through the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office, which will guide you in researching, applying for, and completing an internship that will earn you course credit. Our recent majors have interned with the news departments of the radio and television stations that broadcast out of Portland, with U.S. senators, with local museums, and with local schools. Consider an internship near campus during a semester, or back home over the summer. Internships are learning/work experiences that prepare you for the professional world by building confidence and skills, enabling networking in your field, and allowing you to explore career options. The semester prior to your internship, begin the application process by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office.

 

A female student reads a book from the Maine Women Writers Collection
A student intern conducts research at our Maine Women Writers Collection.

 

Research

As an English student at UNE you have many unique opportunities to pursue traditional literary research as well as to craft projects that reach across the arts and sciences. Recent students majoring and minoring in English have completed research projects on such diverse topics as mapping nationalist stereotypes in Sherlock Holmes stories, creating classroom materials for courses in narrative medicine, and digitizing cultural along with scientific materials to enhance sustainability efforts in the Saco River estuary. All were funded by UNE summer grants or NSF grants. Students have presented their research at conferences such as the Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium, the Maine Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, and the UNE Collge of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposia.

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Maine Women Writers Collection

The Maine Women Writers Collection offers English majors at UNE rich opportunities to do advanced research with primary sources as well as to gain experience in archival internships.  The MWWC, which holds rare and unique material documenting the lives and writing of Maine women, is housed in a state-of-the-art facility where you can conduct hands-on research and develop your own original projects.  You might also take advantage of an archival internship, which are offered periodically, providing students with one-on-one mentorship, experience working with special collections, and practical skills related to library and information science. Learn more

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Global Opportunities

UNE’s Global Education Program creates unique experiences for English majors. You can spend a semester in Seville, Spain and Tangier, Morocco. At these sites, you can take classes in politics, history, and culture that fulfill your College of Arts and Sciences core requirements, with all coursework conducted in English. The tuition and fees for a semester in Spain or Morocco are the same as in Maine, and financial aid and scholarships apply.

You may also partake in faculty-led trips of shorter duration to other countries around the globe, including several trips that allow you to complete your Citizenship credit in destinations such as Peru, Brazil, or Dominica. Consult with your advisor, and visit the Global Education Program to discuss the programs of interest to you.

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Zephyr

Zephyr is UNE’s journal of creative expression. It is more than a literary magazine, as each spring we publish not only selections of prose and verse, but original drawings, paintings, and black and white photography as well. All current and former members of the UNE community are invited to submit their work. As an English major, you might participate in the life of Zephyr by serving on our editorial board, assisting in the submissions review process, or helping to promote and distribute each new issue upon its publication.  Learn more

English Honors Program

If you are an exceptional student, you have the opportunity to conduct high quality undergraduate research under the guidance of department faculty through our English Honors Program.

The Nor’easter News

The Nor’easter News is the student newspaper of UNE. It was founded in 2007 by a group of students that included English majors and an English Department adjunct faculty member. As a student reporter or columnist, you might cover campus events and developments, or a broad range of other topics of interest to the University community, including national and international affairs, politics, entertainment, the arts, and sports.   Learn more