An internship requires Junior status or instructor approval, along with good academic standing. You can earn one to three credit hours depending on the number of hours of work (1 credit = 15 hours/2 credits = 30 hours/3 credits = 50 hours). Internships can be selected from among community partner organizations. You will need to negotiate a letter of agreement with site supervisor & submit to the Internship program director, attend an orientation, midterm, and final session and submit regular updates on blackboard as well as a final reflective updated.
We offer study abroad opportunities that develop skills and networks for English and Writing majors.
Travel seminars encourage you to discover new areas of knowledge while nurturing intellectual and personal maturation. Exposure to a culture and literature outside of the United States invites you to think critically about the past, present, and future of people whose experiences differ substantially from your own.
Faculty in the English Department have led travel seminars to England, South Africa, and India.
“Payton Prize” — National
Each summer we welcome submissions of short non-fiction essays for the Payton James Freeman Essay Prize, the “Payton Prize.” The finalists are determined by Drake English faculty and the winner is selected from among the finalists by a outside judge. In 2014 Cheryl Strayed selected Tammy Delatorre’s “Out of the Swollen Sea” [http://therumpus.net/2015/02/out-of-the-swollen-sea/] and in 2015 Emily Rapp selected Stephanie Anderson’s “Greyhound.” [this will be published jan 11, I’ll provide a link then] Winning authors receive a cash prize and travel to Drake University to speak with students and read their essays at a public event. Winning essays are published in The Rumpus. Submission information will be made public by June of each year.
“Payton Prize” — Drake Undergrad Only
Each winter current undergraduate students at Drake University are invited to submit short essays for the Drake Undergrad Only version of the Payton Prize. Finalists are determined by Drake English faculty and the winner is selected from among the finalists by an outside judge. In 2014 William Bradley selected Eric Mercurio’s “Inference to the Best Explanation: Muons, Electron Beams, and Circuit Construction.” Winning student authors receive a cash prize and read their essay alongside the national prize winner at the Payton Prize public event. Submission information will be made public by early December of each year.
Emerging Writer Award
Each summer we welcome submissions of published first books by emerging writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic forms. Our current rotation (subject to change) has us awarding a prize in Poetry for 15-16, Graphic Forms in 16-17, and for a collection of short stories in 17-18. Recent winners have included Mira Bartok’s memoir, The Memory Palace, Majorie Celona’s novel Y, Billy Simm’s novel in woodcuts The Clown Genocide, and Rita Mae Reese’s poetry collection The Alphabet Conspiracy. Winning authors receive a cash prize and travel to Drake University to speak with students and read from their book at a public event. Submission information will be made public by June of each year.