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Experiential Learning Placement Process

Meetings for Interested Students

Periodic informational meetings are held to answer questions about the range of opportunities available. At these meetings, the Internship Coordinator will answer questions about the process of applying, what to expect, how to prepare for success, etc. Sometimes Career Services and Cooperative Education Center will also join us to provide a free resume writing and interviewing workshop to help prepare students for landing an internship. These meetings will be announced via the department's student listserv and on flyers in the English Department office.

Practicum Placement Request

Students seeking department help in finding an experiential learning placement (internship, volunteering, etc.) begin by completing the Practicum Placement Request (doc) form indicating their interest. The document is used to describe the learning outcomes the student hopes to achieve from the placement and when he or she would like to participate. Students are also required to provide contact information for three members of UMass Lowell faculty or staff who will provide a recommendation for the student's placement.

After review of the Practicum Placement Requests, students will be notified if they are eligible to apply for any of our departmentally sponsored internships. Students will then provide a resume and may meet with the Internship Coordinator for a pre-screening interview. Names and resumes of selected students are forwarded to the community partner who will decide whether to interview the student(s) for the internship or volunteer opportunity.

Practicum Application Form

The Practicum Application Form (doc) is the formal request to earn academic credits for an internship that you have been offered. You must complete the form and attach a second page with the description and learning goals. This form is submitted to the Department Internship Coordinator for review.

Registering for the Course and Meeting Its Requirements

Once the practicum application as been reviewed and accepted, the Internship Coordinator will email the applicant with a permission number to add the Practicum course. They will also be provided with the syllabus and assignment handout. Students must complete 120 hours minimum (verified by the placement supervisor) and submit two writing assignments to the Internship Coordinator. The class is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Contact Us

Students may contact the English Department Internship Coordinator, Diana Archibald, at any time with questions or ideas: E-mail: Diana_Archibald@uml.edu or Phone: 978-934-4199.