We encourage our English majors to participate in various extra-curricular activities that will enrich their academic experience and development.

Internships for Undergraduates

Seniors in the English Department have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member by serving as an intern in an undergraduate writing, linguistics, or literature course.  The internships are designed to give students practice in teaching literature and/or writing. If you think you would like to intern, choose an instructor who knows your abilities and with whom you would like to work. Before registration begins, visit the instructor during office hours and discuss the internship and the role you would like to play. Instructors approach internships differently, and it is important for students to know what may be involved. Students may be asked to assist with the following tasks: reading and responding to student writing, leading small group discussions, giving brief lectures to a class, meeting students outside of class for informal discussion. Not all instructors ask interns to assist with all of these activities, and not every instructor is willing to have an intern in the classroom. Come to the Department of English office for more information.

Undergraduates accepted to an internship should register for English 481: Internship in the Teaching of Writing, Linguistics, or Literature (2 units).

Writing Consultant Training & Employment

Both undergraduate and graduate English majors are needed to serve as writing consultants in selected composition courses and Writing in the Disciplines program (ENGL 215).For more information about becoming a Writing Consultant please contact Lisa Tremain, Writing Program Director at

Publishing with Toyon

All students and community members have the opportunity to publish their writing and art in Toyon Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art. Submissions are accepted year-round. Visit the Toyon website for more information. 

Students can also gain hands-on experience in producing the Toyon literary magazine. Students enroll in ENGL460 (fall semesters) and ENGL461 (spring semesters) to learn about the editorial and production process, as well as marketing and publicity approaches for literary work. These courses function as an internship in the form of the class, and every student enrolled in ENGL460 and ENGL461 fulfills a role on the Toyon staff. The courses are open to all students who have met the writing general education requirement. Many students choose to take these courses in their final year of coursework because they are career-oriented.