Summer Opportunities In English Literature and Creative Writing
Divisional Grants in the Humanities support students who hope to pursue individual projects during the summer months, typically under the direction of a faculty member. While these grants are most typically awarded for scholarly projects, recipients have included creative writers in past years. The due date for applications this year is February 10, 2016. For more information, see http://www.swarthmore.edu/summer-research-opportunities/humanities-division.
The Morrell-Potter Summer Stipend in Creative Writing, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program of the Swarthmore Department of English Literature, supports a writer of exceptional promise during the summer after the junior year. Applicants present proposals for summer projects, along with samples of their work, early in the spring semester, most likely late January this year.
The Friends Historical Library and the Peace Collection hire students during the academic year and over the summer to work on special projects. Pamela Harris reports that they regularly hire a “reference intern,” extend at least one spring internship for a paid summer project, and sponsor two SPEED interns: http://www.swarthmore.edu/its/swarthmore-projects-educational-exploratio....
Our students have often found internships at libraries, museums, publishing houses, literary magazines, and small presses during the summer. Recently, for example, Swarthmore students have served as interns in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ summer immersion program, at NPR, at the Folger Library in Washington DC, the American Poetry Review, Copper Canyon Press, Graywolf Press, Saturnalia Books, and Tupelo Press. Here are some specific internships:
American Society of Magazine Editors (due date December 1 this year) http://www.magazine.org/asme/internship-program
CartoDB (mapping software, Digital Humanities) https://cartodb.com/jobs
NEH program internships: http://www.neh.gov/about/human-resources/neh-internship-program
Folger Shakespeare Library: http://www.folger.edu/internships
Library of Congress Junior Fellows: http://www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/
Presidential Libraries: http://www.archives.gov/careers/internships/libraries.html
Berkman Center: https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships_summer
Berkman Center list of related organizations with internships: https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/92309
DH summer fellowship possibilities: CUNY Digital Humanities
Stanford Lit Lab
MIT Climate CoLab
Student poets and fiction writers often attend summer writers’ conferences, workshops, and seminars. Our students have participated in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, scheduled this year from June 12 - July 3 (due date for submissions January 31); and recent graduates have attended international poetry conferences in Prague and in Canada. A number of Swarthmore fiction writers have taken the Alpha Fantastic Literature Workshop, July 21-31, at the U of Pittsburgh's Greensburg Campus, for young writers ages 14-19. Students might also consider the Odyssey Fantasy Workshop at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, in June; the Clarion Writing Workshop (one at UC San Diego, the other, "West", in Seattle) that begins in June and runs for six weeks; the Summer Literary Seminars scheduled for Montreal, Lithuania, and Kenya this year; the Baltic Writing Residency; the Home School (formerly the Ashbery Home School) in August; the Iowa Summer Workshops; the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore in July; the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont in July; the Yeats Summer School in Sligo, Ireland, in July; and hundreds of others. Some URLs:
Students may attend classes and workshops at other colleges and universities, as well.
Career Services can assist you in finding summer opportunities. Career counselors are available for consultation by appointment through 610-328-8352, or come by Parrish 135; and Career peer advisors are available to get you started, Monday to Friday, 1 to 4:30, in Parrish 135.
SwatCareers: internships posted by Swat alums and employers seeking Swatties. Stop by Parrish 135 for username and password
UCAN Internship Database: exchange of internship listings for 20 selective colleges and universities.
Garnet Connection: Over 300 posts of Swatties and their summer experiences
Online Alumni Directory: All 18K Swat alums – Self-register for access
Alumni Career Profiles: Career narratives of alumni career mentors
Accessible on-campus without a password
Swarthmore Business Association
Swarthmore College Alumni
Swarthmore Black Alumni Association
Housing or other Benefits
Swarthmore does not offer college credit for internships. What if the employer requires credit for me to do the internship? Check with the Registrar.
Outside funding: deadlines vary, competitive
Campus Funding Sources:
Summer Project Grants (April 2016)
Summer Internship Support (March 2016)
Swarthmore Future Entrepreneurship Program (Feb 2016)
Rubin Mentoring Program (Feb. 2016)
How To Be Competitive:
Clean-up and restrict your Facebook account
Network with employees when possible
Write a persuasive cover letter
Follow-up to express your interest
Prepare for a possible interview
What have English majors been doing lately during the summers? A few intriguing examples:
Summer Research Internship
"During this past summer, I conducted research under English Literature Professor Lara Cohen on the genealogy of the term "underground" in the nineteenth-century United States. The Underground Railroad became the focal point of the project, as the publications surrounding the antebellum movement profoundly exemplified how the literal and figurative manifestations of the term "underground" can be difficult to wholly dissociate. Newspapers like The Liberator and The National Anti-Slavery Standard utilized a discourse of "conductors," "derailments," and "collisions" to both publicize and obfuscate the underground network to a mainstream readership. I generated a database of print materials focusing on the Underground Railroad, as well as the Subterranean Pass Way (abolitionist John Brown's planned counterpart to the former), the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and American opinions about Karl Marx. Over the course of my research across these disparate subjects, I enjoyed reading into the possible "underground"/counter-cultural meanings and realities behind the printed narrativizations." -- Zachary Wunrow, '14
Early Novels Database
Emma Madarasz '15, Treasure Tinsely '15 and Sierra Eckert 14 worked with Professor Rachel Buurma on the Early Novels Database in 2014. Treasure Tinsley is a Trico DH Intern who posts about this experience on the TDH website http://tdh.brynmawr.edu/tri-co-dh-blog/e. Nora Battelle ‘17, Gaby Ekens ‘17, and Yumi Shiroma ‘16 worked on the END in 2015.
Morell-Potter Summer Internship
"The Morell-Potter Stipend allowed me to remain in Spain over the summer, extending, in effect, my study abroad experience. During this additional time, I was able to write a lot, and even produce a couple of things to my liking; for me, that's not bad! I learned a lot about my process as a writer, saw a lot of beautiful things, and I hope to remain inspired by the experience for a long time to come." -- Ian Hoffman, '15
De Mott Summer Grant
"This summer, I lived at Swarthmore and wrote the first draft of my Playwriting thesis, which reimagines Paradise Lost for the stage and tells the (fictionalized) history of John Milton and his three daughters. I also worked as Assistant Director on Shakespeare in Clark Park's production of Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, which featured a 100-person battle scene. This was the type of work I couldn't do during the academic year, and having a whole summer to focus on these projects, thanks to the Deborah A. DeMott '70 Research and Internship Grant, was a fantastic privilege." -- Patrick Ross, '15
“Last summer, with the support of a summer research grant, I created a portfolio of poetry based on research about the interactions between different cultural groups in Cleveland.” – Jacob Oet, ‘16