Graduate ready to do the work: You’ll do that here. 

Gaining experience for your future career is important! This prepares you for the world awaiting you after college. The English Department provides many possibilities to learn, research, and publish your work. Look through the opportunities provided to students at Southeast in the Department of English. 


There are often internships available on campus, either directly connected with English Department programs (e.g., the Faulkner Center or the University Press) or in other offices. In addition, off-campus opportunities are usually available.  It is a good idea to check with the Internship Coordinator as early as possible in order to negotiate and facilitate site selection. 

Because they involve a rather heavy time commitment (150 hours of on-site experience), internships are best taken by students having proven certain academic competencies and during a semester when students may be enrolling in a fairly light class load. 

Remember that the student, the internship organization, and the proposed site supervisor are reviewed to ensure that each internship is an appropriate, productive learning experience. 

In general, prerequisites for an internship include: 

  • successful completion of at least 75 semester hours in a college/university setting 
  • minimum university GPA of 2.75 
  • minimum departmental GPA of 3.0 
  • completion of at least 9 hours of course work in any English major option not included in the courses required of all majors 
  • if you are taking the internship as part of the minor in writing, completion of the 9 required hours 

You must contact the Internship Director for an override to enroll in EN 435, a non-graded 3-hour course for which you receive academic credit. Once you are officially enrolled, you are responsible for completing the number of hours specified for the internship and for various other course work responsibilities; these will include a weekly log detailing what you have done on the job and a final report on the internship experience and may also include samples of the writing you have done. 

Whether the internship is paid or unpaid, both the on-site supervisor and the intern should realize that the primary aim is learning. Your on-site supervisor has an obligation to see that you have an adequate opportunity during the 150 hours on site to gain information and/or skills to enhance your career opportunities. 

For further information on internships, contact Dr. James Brubaker. 


The Writing Lab

The Writing Lab provides writing support to University and community clients. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for students to get real-world experience by serving as tutors for other students seeking to strengthen their writing.

Teaching Assistantships 

Our teaching assistant (TA) program is one of the most progressive and thorough in the nation. It consists of a two-week orientation before the fall term, bearing three hour’s credit for which tuition and fees are waived. 

The orientation is supplemented with a seminar in the teaching of first-year composition in the first term of the program. Each teaching assistant also meets on a regular basis with the supervisor. The supervisor makes sure that each assistant has responsibility for teaching and evaluating their students’ work. This supportive environment provides teaching assistants with the knowledge and confidence to become effective instructors of first-year composition. Graduates of our program who have gone on to PhD programs or fellowships report that our TA program is superior to the one they encounter. 

The English Department offers teaching assistantships to graduate students to teach beginning composition and/or ESOL courses, tutor for the Writing Center, serve as a research assistant in the Faulkner Center, and/or serve as a research assistant in the Southeast Missouri State University Press. Three letters of recommendation required.

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For teaching assistant applications, contact: 

Dr. Philip MacKenzie
Southeast Missouri State University 
One University Plaza 
English Department MS 2650 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 
Phone: (573) 651-2641
FAX: (573) 651-5188


Experiential Learning

  • Center for Faulkner Studies

    The Center for Faulkner Studies is devoted to the study of William Faulkner, sole owner and proprietor of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.
  • University Press

    Southeast Missouri State University Press serves as a first-rate publisher in our region and as a working laboratory for students interested in learning the art and skills of literary publishing.
  • The Cape Rock

    The Cape Rock is one of the oldest literary journals in the nation. It provides a forum for new and established poets and photographers.
  • Big Muddy

    Big Muddy is an 8.5 x 5.5 perfect bound, color-cover, semi-annual publication that explores multidisciplinary issues and events concerning the 10-state area that borders the Mississippi River, from the United States/Canadian border to Louisiana's Gulf Coast.

Sigma Tau Delta 

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, provides exceptional English majors with opportunities for advancing the study of language and literature, for developing skills in creative and analytical writing, and for meeting with other scholars and professionals in the discipline of English. 
Members of Sigma Tau Delta also have the opportunity to publish their writing in The Rectangle, Sigma Tau Delta’s literary publication. Student members are also eligible to compete for other writing awards. In addition, student members may compete for academic scholarships, professional internships, and teaching awards. At regional conferences and at the annual international convention, students may present original creative and analytical work as well as network with students, faculty, and professionals from around the country and abroad. 
For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, its benefits and membership requirements, contact Dr. Christopher Rieger.

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