Monday, December 5, 2016

Internship Opportunities

Two internship opportunities geared towards English majors recently came our way:

The Buffalo office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is now accepting internship applications for
the Winter/Spring 2017 Session.  Former interns work in a variety of fields across the public and private sectors, from academia to the White House.  This internship will prepare you for a career in law, politics, or public service.

Intern duties include supporting staff with constituent outreach and advocacy events, participating in meetings with community leaders and organizations, monitoring daily regional news, and serving as an advocate on behalf of Buffalo for the Senator.

Interns may apply for college credit through Career Services.  Please send a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation to by December 19th.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at (716)854-9725.

Quinlan, an advertising agency in Amherst, NY, is currently looking for a content marketing intern for Spring 2017.

Content Marketing Intern
Enjoy an internship with a hard-working Buffalo advertising agency jam-packed with great people, interesting projects and all sorts of free parking. Quinlan is offering a content marketing internship for spring 2017 that includes such responsibilities as:

      Managing social media accounts. They say never let the intern handle social media -- we say, that’s how interns learn. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms. Where do you think we should be? We want your opinion, too.

      Assisting with agency and client blogs. We’re looking for help researching blog topics, strategizing content and contacting influencers for interviews. We’ll even ask you to take the ropes and write a few blogs yourself.

      Participating in Quinlan think sessions. You’re pretty smart, so we’d like you to sit in on some of our strategy sessions, brainstorming meetings and concepting conversations with everyone from company execs to our most recent hires. We may ask you to assist with other client work, as well.

Need to Know:
The ideal content marketing intern will be available 9 to 12 hours per week and will be able to work on-site at Quinlan (385 N. French Road, Amherst, NY 14228). This is an unpaid internship and must be completed for course credit.

This is a content marketing internship geared toward written communication -- please, if you’re not a strong writer, this internship is not for you. Undergraduate communication, marketing, advertising, public relations, English and journalism students are encouraged to apply.

You’re here to learn.
As per New York State law and the laws of general decency, this is a learning internship. We will educate you about the work that we do, we will explain why we are giving you certain tasks and responsibilities and we will not push you around as an unpaid employee -- we’ll treat you like a member of our team and as a student who wants to learn more about the ad world.

If all goes well, you will leave Quinlan with a better understanding of content marketing, agency life and at least one reference and letter of recommendation.

Sound good?
If this internship sounds good to you, please apply as soon as possible! Send your resume and two or three writing samples to Grace Gerass at by December 16, 2016. Feel free to call (716) 691-6200 with any questions.

Quinlan is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

English Majors attend Louisiana Bacchae

LIT 101 students and Dr. Dalley with the cast of Louisiana Bacchae
LFirst year English majors in the LIT 101: Introduction to English Studies class with Dr. Hamish Dalley recently attended Theatre professor Dr. Bob Waterhouse's production of Louisiana Bacchae at the Torn Space Theatre.  Having just studied Euripides' play, students were interested to discuss this updated interpretation with the cast and with director Dr. Waterhouse, who came to class and answered questions.

Monday, September 12, 2016

NYU's Center for Publishing Wants You!

The following message should be of particular interest to students in Professional Writing & Rhetoric as well as Public Relations/Communications:

"As we start another exciting academic year at the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing, we’re already reaching out to undergraduates seeking careers in communications, media studies, publishing, writing, and editing. Our students cite career service centers, as well as their department heads and professors, as the most important way that they hear about our programs year after year.
Hence, I am writing today to ask your ongoing support in letting your students know about graduate and summer study at the NYUSPS Center for Publishing. We invite you to register for our new newsletter, which will alert you to information sessions, application deadlines, and general news about our programs, including blog posts of interest. This information then may be easily communicated to your students.

To register for our new NYUSPS Center for Publishing newsletter, kindly click on the following link:

As a reminder, the NYUSPS Center for Publishing offers two programs that are renowned in the publishing industry: the NYU Summer Publishing Institute (SPI), a six-week summer intensive in book, magazine, and digital media, and the MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media, a 42-credit graduate degree providing more extensive study of these industries. Both programs serve as introductory pathways to publishing for many students seeking careers in publishing and media. Students who apply and are accepted to both programs may commence their studies next summer through SPI and matriculate into the graduate program in the fall. They may also choose to attend either program independent of the other.
Thank you for your continued support. Please do let me know if you have any questions.
My best,

Andrea  Chambers
Director, Center for Publishing: Digital and Print Media
Director, M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media
NYU School of Professional Studies
11 West 42nd Street Room 429
New York, NY 10036
Twitter: @NYUPublishing
Instagram: @nyupublishing

Monday, September 5, 2016

English Grad earns Master's in Counseling

An English degree can lead to a variety of interesting career paths.  English graduate Nicholas Sabia recently shared the following update with the department: 

"I graduated in May with my Master of Science degree from Canisius College in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am continuing to work on getting my licensure in the field. I need to gain some experience hours in the field before I can sit for my licensed mental health counsellor (LMHC) state exam.  I also have a job as a substance use disorder counselor, and I am loving my job. I really enjoy helping people in their recovery processes, and we work on other areas of their lives as well. My English/writing background has been so valuable in the field as I am always communicating verbally with clients, co-workers, and supervisors, as well as writing progress notes, emails, and assessments on a daily basis. It also came in handy when writing my resume and cover letter, of course.

I got a Siberian husky puppy a few months ago, Mishka, who is my therapy dog in training. He starts that class next weekend and hopefully in a few months will be able to come to work with me and help people as well. He just loves people and has a laid back personality for working with people."

Former professors, fellow grads, and current English majors join to congratulate Nicholas on this achievement and wish him the best of luck as he begins his professional life.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Welcome New Major Aliesha!

First year English major Aliesha describes herself as "able to listen to what people have to say, but always stand up for what I believe in or share my opinion if needed."  A good listener who nonetheless knows the importance of forming her own ideas, Aliesha says she may "walk around with a confident smile," but she is still "aware that there is plenty of more to learn."  

Coming to Daemen from the Bronx, Aliesha observes, "I've always been able to communicate with other people very well and even on a deeper level than some of their closest friends! In fact interacting with others is another drive of mine because I am constantly encouraging others to go for what they want or even there to simply cheer them on. It's what I do, I love to see other people excel as well as, be happy myself." 

She adds, "I'm always aiming to be better. I never stay in the same place for long. I can adjust and am willing to adjust for the better."  Her positive attitude and eagerness to learn will be great assets as she begins her first year of the English program, and we look forward to giving her a warm welcome.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Welcome New English Major Shenell!

The English community welcomes first-year major Shenell of Brooklyn, who describes herself as "outgoing, hardworking, and productive."  Shenell says she is "sociable" and loves fashion.  Her favorite book read in high school is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie.  "I really like this book because it is very relatable," Shenell says, noting that "it talks about the struggles within a family and how sexism and religion plays a role in people's behavior."

Please come meet Shenell and welcome her to the English Department at our annual First Day Pizza Party at 4 pm in the English suite on the first day of classes, Tuesday, September 6th.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Visit to Bronte Country

Up in the moors of West Yorkshire, even July can be windblown and wintry.  Visitors take refuge in the tiny hamlet of Haworth, home to the three Bronte sisters--Charlotte, Emily, and Anne.  Their father was the rector of the small stone church that stands across from the Bronte Parsonage.  As he conducted parish business in his front parlor office, his daughters sat at a long oak dining table centered before the fireplace in the sitting room across the hall, Charlotte working on Jane Eyre and Emily on Wuthering Heights.  

In Charlotte's room upstairs, one of her dresses stands on display, its tiny size and fragile condition seeming to contradict reports of the sisters walking long distances in all weather across the blustery moors.

Today, hikers follow the path outside the Parsonage that leads across Haworth Moor to the Bronte Bridge & Waterfall on the way to Top Withens, supposed to be the inspiration for the Wuthering Heights house.  The moors, purple with heather and deep in ferns, offer no shelter for miles around.  Sheep bleat from one field to the next, as the wind rushes through long grasses and whips at the lone tree that marks the stone ruins of Top Withens, solitary and sublime.