Monday, November 13, 2017

NYU Summer Publishing Institute

Andrea Chambers, Executive Director of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute (SPI), is reaching out to inform  juniors and seniors interested in careers in media studies, publishing, communications, writing and editing that NYU will be offering an upcoming information session about this renowned, six-week summer program for rising seniors and recent college graduates. 
·         On Thursday, November 16th, NYU will be conducting an on-line information session from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST.

For more information about the program, students may call 212-992-3232, email or visit the website at

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sigma Tau Delta Inducts Spring Class

The English Department proudly congratulates the following students, inducted into the international English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta,  in our Spring 2017 ceremony:

Heather Brady
Shawna Caparaso
Bridget Dengler
Alicia Espinosa
Mikyla Fisher
Cassandra Johnson
Genesis Laboy
Dalton Lanphere
Chelsea-Lyn Lewis
Connor LoTempio
Annamarie Tedesco
Brianna Zichittella

To be eligible, a student "must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work." (

Students receive special recognition at Commencement (honor cords and a medallion), and are eligible for a host of opportunities including scholarships, internships, awards, and publications.

Congratulations to all inductees!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Internship Opportunities

These internships are currently looking for English majors:

Africa Media has had long-standing reputation for providing professional photographs, video footage and quality journalism pieces for newspapers and magazines - both nationally and internationally. We offer month long internships in Environmental and Travel Journalism, Underwater Photography and Video, Wildlife Film Making, and Wildlife and Travel Photography targeting university aged students. Our internships include hands on tutorials, in the field experience, and a portfolio, production or publishable article upon completion.

Amanda Robbins runs Africa Media’s environmental journalism/travel writing internship program focused along the Garden Route and her office is in Mossel Bay, South Africa. She writes, "Every month I host a number of international interns who participate in writing press releases, news stories, featured articles and content which we submit to the various magazines, news agencies, and online content sites. During the internship, it is my job to provide the interns with practical work alongside the studies they have undertaken at their varying universities. We have a database of magazines, blogs and online content sites in which we work with on a regular basis, but we are looking to expand both locally and internationally."

Contact person
Amanda Robbins will be in the area until April 27th.  She can be reached at 585-813-4039 and at

Quinlan Marketing seeks a 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 summer 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.

Send your resume and two or three writing samples to Grace Gerass at by May 31, 2017. Feel free to call (716) 691-6200 with any questions.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Senior Capstone Analyzes Marketing Strategies

While working on her second internship, this one at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Hanna Perillo came up with a great idea for her senior capstone—when she learned that the company had changed its branding, she was curious to find out why and how the new brand might better reach its audience.

Her senior capstone, an essay entitled No Brand, No Business: Corporate Branding and Consumer Behavior in Health Insurance Companies,” investigates brand identity, branding choices, and advertising campaigns in two major health insurance providers.  Hanna also evaluates the importance of rhetorical strategies, noting that “the appeals of ethos and pathos are part of how health insurance companies prove their credibility and loyalty to consumers, as well as link the brand campaign to emotional behaviors of the audiences.”

A senior capstone can take many forms, depending on the student’s interests and goals—some prefer to write traditional literary essays, while others like Hanna pursue their interests in areas relating to Professional Writing & Rhetoric, like marketing, advertising, or journalism.  Each student develops a research project and plan in consultation with a faculty advisor as well as a second faculty member, who serves as a reader.  

English Department faculty are enthusiastic about Hanna’s project, which she will present as part of Daemen College’s Academic Festival on April 12th.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Future Journalists--New York Press Association Internship Applications due March 1st

The New York Press Assocation (NYPA) Foundation provides paid summer internships for college Journalism, English/Communications, and Graphics students. Students must apply by March 1st of each year, and be accepted into the eight-week program. Students should apply directly to the local community newspaper they wish to intern with and be interviewed and accepted by a NYPA member newspaper (Bee Group Newspapers - Amherst Bee).

Interested candidates should contact Lamark Shaw (Career Services) at

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Departmental Meeting for Majors tomorrow

The English Department will host a meeting for majors tomorrow at 11:30 am in DS 222.  Pizza will be served.  Agenda items include

·       --Applications for Upper-Division standing for sophomores
·     --Internship opportunities
·     --Graduate programs and undergraduate conference opportunities 
·     --Preliminary sign-up for Spring 2018 Literature of London class 
·     --Sigma Tau Delta reception W 4/18 @ 6 pm, Rosary
·     --updates from Insight, English Club, The Iconoclast, and Iconoclub
·     --The Iconoclast Launch party  FR 2/24 @ 4 pm, RIC atrium
·     --Storillo—Thomas Wilkie, English graduate
·     --Peter A. Siedlecki Creative Writing Award
·     --ALBUS Project Coordinator applications for Fall 2017
       --Department Dinner TH 4/27 @ 5 pm, Alumni

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year, New Opportunities--Internships and Graduate Study

MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities at Virginia Tech

A 30-credit Master of Arts that provides instruction in interpreting cultural materials, artifacts, and practices, as well s applying such interpretation to the public sphere, promoting creative solutions to community challenges.  Includes a 60-hour internship at museums and cultural institutions in the region.  For more information, see

NYU MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media--Online Information Session Jan 17

Learn about this renowned, 42-credit master's degree program that provides students with a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the book, magazine, and digital publishing industries. Courses are taught by a faculty of leading professionals who are actively engaged in many of America's top publishing companies. Industry visits to major media companies and global trips to conferences and book fairs provide valuable, first-hand knowledge and networking opportunities. An annual career fair enables students to meet with top recruiters. Evening classes and flexible, full- or part-time schedules are available.  Learn more about the program and  RSVP for the event.

2017 Sigma Tau Delta Summer Internships

Penguin Random House
January 17 is the application due date for the Penguin Random House ten-week paid summer internship for undergraduate student members of Sigma Tau Delta with experience in the publishing industry. The internship takes place in New York, NY, starting in early June. The recipient will work 28 hours per week, earning $11 per hour. Sigma Tau Delta will provide an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses.
Better World Books
February 6 is the application deadline for the Better World Books (BWB) six-week paid summer internship for undergraduate members of Sigma Tau Delta chapters that have run Better World Books textbook drives. The internship takes place in the Atlanta metro area beginning in May or June and ending in June or July. The recipient will work 30 hours per week, earning $10 per hour. Sigma Tau Delta will provide an additional $1,500 stipend to assist with travel and housing expenses.
Summer Internship Stipend
February 2 - April 10 applications will be accepted for the Sigma Tau Delta Summer Internship Stipend, which offers funding for current undergraduate and graduate student members accepting non- or low-paying summer internships. The Summer Internship Stipend is a competitive program providing a limited number of stipends of up to $1,500 each.
The internship must involve working for an "organization" while being directed by a supervisor/mentor within that organization, and the internship’s duties must be consistent with the applicant’s level of education, area of study, and career goals. Financial need will be taken into consideration in addition to internship length. Applicants are responsible for obtaining and providing verification of the internship.