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Housed within the Department of English, the Poetry Initiative is a statewide organization that works with libraries, museums, schools, colleges, community organizations, and various other entities to promote and celebrate the reading, writing, and performing of poetry in the state of South Carolina. The Poetry Initiative offers a number of opportunities for graduate students in the English department to participate in the planning and staging of arts events, as well as to present their own work before an audience.

Students who are interested in pursuing internships should visit the Internships and Co-ops page of the USC Career Centers website for information about how to find the right internship for you.

English majors who wish to receive academic credit for an internship must have the internship supervised by a professor in the department. Internship forms are available in the Undergraduate English office (Room 114, Welsh Humanities Office Building). The form must be completed by the supervising professor and then taken to the Undergraduate Office and the dean's office (Room 258, Gambrell Hall) for approval.

Internship Opportunities for English Majors

The strong writing and critical thinking skills that are honed in the English major are assets to employers in a wide range of professions. Some of the fields that are most popular among English majors include

   Public relations
   Web development/new media
   Arts administration
   Higher education administration
   Nonprofit administration
   Library science
   Religious ministry


Fellowships, which are available through a competitive application process, provide funding for scholarly research and/or academic study. Many also support study or work abroad.

Fulbright Scholarship

   Emilie Duck and Ben Forney, 2009
   Sierra Carter, 2008
   Caitlin Cook and Alexis Stratton, 2006

Mellon Fellowship
   Daniel Warner, 2005

Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship
   Jeanne Britton, 2000

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
   Jessica Tzerman, 2003

Students interested in seeking fellowship funding should visit the USC Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs website to find out about available fellowship programs. The Office of Fellowship and Scholar Programs provides extensive support and assistance to students who are applying for the Rhodes, Truman, Fulbright, Mellon, and other prestigious national awards.

English majors have a distinguished tradition of securing many of the nation's most distinguished fellowships. Recent recipients from the department include the students listed below.

Magellan Scholar Program

The University of South Carolina also offers funding for undergraduate scholarly research through its Magellan Scholars program. Students interested in applying for a Magellan Scholarship should visit the Office of Undergraduate Research site. Previous Magellan Scholars from the English department include


Jason Spiro, with Professor Mindy Fenske


Jenny Thompson, with Professor Janette Turner Hospital


Jennifer Brackett, with Professor Matthew Bruccoli


Kathleen Curtin, with Professor David Miller