Final Project

Your final project should be a 10 page evaluation paper; a 10-page research paper using MLA style citations; a 20-30 minute video (video should be edited and include footage which analyzes and explicates your experience); or a portfolio and 6-page essay.

The Evaluation Paper
The evaluation paper (or, alternatively, the six page essay accompanying a portfolio) can be "informal" in the sense that it will likely be personal and anecdotal but it should nonetheless be analytical, reporting on not only what you did with your semester but also what you thought about what you did-- where it all fits into the larger scheme of the field you interned in or your life plans or whatever is most appropriate to your own situation.

Should you choose the portfolio option, I suggest you approach the portfolio as a portfolio one would use in job hunting, i.e., one which showcases the range of your abilities and experience by presenting an example of your best work in whatever categories are applicable (as opposed to say, the creative writing class portfolio model where ALL the work completed in a semester might be included).

Submission of Project
You will want to look for notification of specific deadlines in your particular semester but the submission period for your final projects/papers will generally be scheduled for the Tuesday of the second last week of classes through the Tuesday of the last week of classes, in the case of spring/fall internships, or the last week of Summer Session III in the case of summer internships. You might not have (probably will not have) quite finished up with your final internship hours at that point but that should not affect your ability to complete the project.

If you are not able to leave your final project with me, please, do not shove it under the door. The Undergraduate Secretary will have a box in her office where you can leave it. This means you need to plan on delivering your paper (or having someone bring it for you) during normal English office hours. Summer interns will need to mail their projects to Prof. Gelineau.

Project Return
Prof. Gelineau will respond directly to you by email with response to your final project so typically students do not require return of those projects but sometimes the project or portfolio include materials you would like to have returned to you.  There are two options in that case:  either provide a suitable self-addressed, stamped envelope for immediate return OR stop by my office (LN 1211 In the corridor between the cafe and the library, across from the booths.) during office hours the semester following your internship. Projects not claimed over the period of a full semester past the semester in which you interned will be shredded. 

Sponsor Evaluations
Your sponsor should be receiving a letter towards the end of the semester asking for their evaluation of your performance to be sent to me no later than the last week of classes. As we approach the end of the semester, it wouldn't hurt to politely inquire if your evaluation has been sent yet. In fact, if you have had a good experience with your internship (as I hope you have), and particularly if you feel confident that your sponsor has been happy with your performance, it would be a good idea to ask your sponsor if they wouldn't mind writing a letter for your credentials file at the same time that they write their evaluation letter to me. Just be sure to be clear that those are two different letters with different destinations and slightly different intentions (one to evaluate your performance for me, and one to recommend your sterling qualities as an employee to potential employers). IF YOU DO NOT YET HAVE A CREDENTIALS FILE, STOP BY THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT OFFICE FOR ADVICE ON HOW TO GO ABOUT SETTING ONE UP.  Don't presume that it is smarter to wait for that recommendation when you're actually on the job hunt.  See tips on maximizing your internship for more on this. 

Annotated Bibliographies
The idea behind this assignment is to get a feel for the field you are interning in. This helps to provide a wider context for your own individual experience. The items in the bibliography are not intended to be items you are reading in the course of your internship (i.e., legal briefs, corporate reports, or books you are writing cover blurbs for) but rather trade periodicals, or things like news reports or thought pieces on happenings in your field or industry. These may be articles you have found on your own, but many times the most fruitful route is to ask your supervisor what they read to keep up to date. This way you not only get suggestions for periodicals you might not even have known existed, but you also demonstrate to your supervisor your initiative and interest.

An annotated bibliography contains the usual bibliographic information and then includes a brief (usually 3-5 sentences) analytical synopsis--that is to say, BRIEFLY, what the piece was about and what you thought about it.

It is not a requirement that your final project refer to the articles in your annotated bibliography but when the bibliography items are well-chosen, it is common for final projects to do so.

Last Updated: 3/2/17