English 494: Internship Final Portfolio

Internship Final Portfolio Due Dates for Fall 2014

Rough Drafts of Resume and Cover Letter (in Dropbox) and LinkedIn profile (emailed): Tuesday, November 18, 6pm

Revised Drafts Due (in Dropbox): Friday November 21, 9am

Last Day of Regular Classes: Monday, December 8 (is also the last day of your internship)

Final Portfolio Due Date: Friday, December 12, 5pm

How to Hand In: Name documents correctly and place in your personal folder of the class Dropbox. No late work will be accepted. The Final Evaluation Form from your Internship Supervisor is due at this deadline as well; these will be emailed the week of November 24.

Your Final Portfolio includes:

1. An updated cover letter (name file LastnameFirstname_Cover_Letter_Final_Portfolio);

2. An updated resume (name file LastnameFirstname_Resume_Final_Portfolio);

3. Three items exhibiting professional work; and (name each file Lastname_Firstname_Portfolio1, Portfolio2, Portfolio3_

4. A fully fleshed-out, professional LinkedIn profile, with an appropriate profile photo; reflects your professional experience, academic backgrounds;

5. A final piece of reflective writing (name file LastnameFirstname_Resume_Final_Portfolio_Writing);.

Notice the LinkedIn profile requirement is new.

Descriptions appear below.

Updated Cover Letter. This cover letter can be addressed to a real position for which the intern plans to apply, or a hypothetical person/company/position (e.g., Jane Doe at Upstate Nonprofit regarding the opening for the “entry-level administrative position”). Either way, the goal is the same: to write a cover letter that outlines the intern’s qualifications and experience for a specific job, one that integrates a description of his or her internship experience.

Updated Resume. An updated, professional resume, one page, which includes student’s internship experience.

Three Items Exhibiting Professional Work. This varies depending on the kind of experience and internship a student has, but the principle is the same: three (3) items produced during his or her time at the placement that exhibit professional work, ones that you plan to discuss in your Final Reflective Writing. This may include more straightforward examples of professional work: articles, blog posts, internal reports, press releases, promotional flyers, brochures. There are other, less conventional examples: emails, lesson plans, invitation for a benefit. Still others might be screenshot of a database the intern updated, a quiz the intern drafted for a class. If the student needs help with other suggestions, they speak with the internship instructor.

LinkedIn profile, thorough and professional. Go by this LinkedIn Checklist and complete your profile accordingly.

Final Reflective Writing. This can take either of two forms. Either of these will be marked for mechanics, grammar, and general professional neatness.

  1. A 3-5 page reflective paper (MLA format 750-1000 words) that describes your internship, the activities you performed while at your placement (this is where you would discuss your portfolio items), what you think you benefitted from the experience. Include one story from your internship experience that stands out to you. And, finally, see if you can explain how the internship helped you draw the connection with being an English major and what you plan to do professionally after college. Also, include any advice you might have for students who will take this class in the future. Dividing your paper into sections with headers for each of these topics is totally acceptable.
  2. An interview that will be published on the Saint Rose English Blog (stroseenglish.com) and possibly other college-related promotional materials. To do this, answer the following interview questions. Since this is an interview, the word count is lower than the first option (500-750 words), and has the added mutual benefit of getting the story of your experience out to the world. There are some other requirements. We will need photo(s) of you at the placement, a signed Consent form to use your photo. (A PDF copy, “Consent on letterhead,” is in the “03 Resources Rubrics Forms” folder of our Dropbox. A printout can also be provided.) Questions appear below, and you should keep the questions there and provide answers below.


Internship Title, Company, Location (for example, Fundraising Intern at ABC Nonprofit in Albany, NY):

Describe what you did at your internship?

Can you tell us one story about your internship that stands out?

Did this internship help you draw the connection with being an English major and what you plan to do professionally after college?

Any advice for English majors?


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Spring 2015 English 494 English Internship Meetings

Spring 2015 English 494 English Internship Meetings

Before the semester*:

Friday November 21; 9am-11:00am
Albertus 112
Before this meeting, go to the Career Center and research writing a resume and cover letter, as well as look over samples in our shared Dropbox folder. For meeting: bring draft of resume and cover letters in digital form. We’ll go over the explanation of requirements of class and grading rubric, review the Learning Contract procedure, and take a look at available internships. Also in attendance: the Fall 2014 internship class, who will assist in navigating the class.

Friday December 5; 9am-11:00am
Albertus 111
Revised resume and cover letters due. Students cannot apply for an internship before his or her resume and cover letter have been approved.

Friday December 12; 9am-11:00am
Albertus 111
Resumes and Cover letters must be approved by this date. Edit in class.

During the semester:

Friday, January 16 9am-11am; Albertus 112

Friday, March 13 9am-11am; Albertus 112

Friday, April 24 9am-11am; Albertus 112

These are mandatory class meetings. Attendance will be taken. Adjust your internship and work schedule accordingly, as you would any other class.


*If you cannot make any of these pre-semester meetings, it is student’s responsibility to present alternate days and times as soon as possible, before the Fall 2014 semester ends.


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English 105 Final Portfolio Details

Final Portfolios are due Tuesday, December 9, at 4pm; for every file, name “LastnameFirstnameFinalPortfolio105NAMEOFASSIHNMENT” place in a new folder called “Final Portfolio” inside the Dropbox folder for your assignments. No late submissions accepted.

Final Portfolio will consist of all of the work you have done this semester, revised and corrected.

Your Final Portfolios must consist of the following.

1. One or Two Pieces that use a at least two (2) Revision Exercises. Choose among the major assignments from this semester (Immersion, Caldwell, Laymon, Persuasion). To do this, use two or more of the Revision Techniques from this Teaching Blog. The major stipulation is that the revision must be radical. It does not matter if you make the assignment better; what matters is you carry through on two or more revision techniques and radically alter the piece.

Include a Short Essay that explain why your revision is radical; can be in note form (no more than 300 words).

2. All Major Assignments (Immersion, I Remember, Caldwell, Laymon, Persuasion), in revised and corrected form. By revised, we mean any and all of the following: updated, clarified, expanded upon, made better; by corrected, we mean grammar, punctuation, usage, syntax, used of outside sources, paper format, aligned with MLA style, including Works Cited and in-text citations. That’s a total of five files.

Please note: you will be submitting one, or even two, of your assignments twice, in both Radical Revision and corrected and revised versions. That’s strange, isn’t it?

Grading Rubric [pdf]



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Directions for Advisees: Preparing for Your Advising Appointment, Advisement Times

Hello, Daniel Nester Advisee!

This post explains what you need to do before your advising appointment on Advising Day this coming Tuesday November 4, 2014 as well as outline how to set up an appointment with me. If you are a continuing advisee, you probably know the drill; if you are a new advisee, I urge you read all of these directions, and email me with any questions before we meet.

The goal of this 15- to 20-minute meeting is for me to advise you on which classes you should take, discuss your academic progress to your degree, approve your tentative schedule, and give you a PIN number so you can register for classes.

We have a short time to accomplish this.This means student advisees need to do some work before we meet.

Advisement meetings will take place in my office Dolan Hall, 442 Western Avenue, 1st floor, Room #1 first on the right. My office phone number is 518-454-2812; my email is nesterd at strose dot edu.

Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

1. Email me to sign up for a meeting. The schedule with appointment times is at the bottom of this post. Check this page and refresh it often. Advisement times are on a first-emailed, first served basis. There are as many appointment times as there are advisees, and then some.

2. Obtain and fill out a Course Registration Form. This is important. The English Department has copies as well as the Registrar in Saint Joseph Hall’s Student Solution Center. Here is a link to a PDF filePlease do not come to our advisement appointment without filling out the top matter of this form (i.e., your name and address) and courses you need to take.If we change your choices through the course of our meeting, we can simply cross one course out and add another.

Bottom line: bring the form and fill it out beforehand. If you do not come to our appointment without a filled-out form, I will have to reschedule our appointment. If you show up without a form or with simply a blank form, there’s no point in meeting, since a large part of our meeting will consist of me looking at you writing out your address.

3. Login to Banner (bannerweb.strose.edu) and review your Academic Progress report. Print the report out or download it for your files. Look at it and see if all of your classes are falling into the right places. Identify which areas in your English major requirements as well as your Liberal Education requirements you still need to fulfill.

3a. If you are a transfer student, looking at your Academic Progress Report is doubly important. Make sure that your transfer classes are there, that nothing looks strange or out of place, that your transferred classes are also “counting” for requirements you think they should be. For example, make sure that a class you thought fulfilled a requirement is not languishing in your General Electives on the bottom-right-hand corner of your report. You should also have a copy of your Statement of Transfer Credit report, which tallies up which classes you took at your previous institution, and tells you where it will apply in the College of Saint Rose degree requirement. If you transferred from some of the local colleges, the college keeps a Transfer Equivalency Database online.  This information is designed to help provide you with an unofficial evaluation of the courses and how they may transfer to the College. It’s helpful to see if any of your courses should have gone somewhere else on your degree requirements. Please come with these questions at our meeting, and we can figure out the next step.

Those of you who have already met me for an advising appointment know that I take ample notes in your student folder regarding what administrative tasks need to be done to make sure classes are falling in the right places in the Academic Progress Report, there are no clerical errors, etc.

4. Review the semester’s English Department Course Offerings and read the course descriptions. College-wide courses are at strose.edu/ugcourses. Look at your Academic Progress report and identify which kind of English courses you need to take. This is your major; read the courses descriptions and come with questions about particular courses.Figure out your schedule as far as days of the week are concerned.And finally: Have an idea of which English course(s) you would like to take next semester (as well as Summer, if applicable).


Monday, November 3, 2014

4pm Jen A [grad student]

4:30pm Kathleen R [grad student]


Tuesday, November 4, 2014



12:30pm Haley A [advisee]

1pm Abbey B [advisee]

1:30pm Ty V [advisee]

2pm Sierra R [advisee]

2:30pm Sarah S [grad student]

3:30pm Stephen R [auditor]



5pm Kate B [intern/ind study]



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

1pm Judie G

4pm Lee G [grad student]

4:30pm Jay D [grad student]

5pm Kim D [grad student]

5:30pm Samson D [grad student]


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MLA Works Cited Format: Some Examples

Directions: I’ll be handing out some books, magazines, and newspapers in class today. Working in groups, come up with a Works Cited page for the set of sources you get. You also need to add the following electronic sources:

Link 1

Link 2

Link 3

Link 4

Link 5



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Midterm Conferences English 105

It’s time for your midterm conference. Please sign up for one of the many available slots below. At our conference, we will go over the following: a breakdown of your midterm grade; your strengths as an active learner in this class, ways you think you can improve; your Persuasive Argument essay, for which you should be prepared to outline your tentative thesis, your supporting claims, and an update on your research thus far.

These conferences will take place in my office, which is Dolan Hall, 442 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203. My office is Room #1, the first on the right as you walk in.

Tuesday, October 14

3pm Kaelyn D

3:30pm Kaitlyn B

6pm Kahlil D

6:30pm Michaela B


Wednesday October 15

11am Connor M

1:30pm Cali L

2pm Mardia W

4pm Stephen R


Thursday, October 16

10am Courtney B

10:30am Alyssa P




12:30pm Madison D

1pm Abby B

1:30pm Samantha P


Friday, October 17

1:30pm Aaron V

2pm Brittany L

2:30pm Julian L


Please note that a missed conference, or one you fail to schedule with me, counts as a missed class (i.e., one absence), and cannot be made up.

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Kiese Laymon-Inspired Writing Prompts

How-to-Slowly-Kill-Yourself-and-Others-in-AmericaThe following prompts all draw from and are inspired by Kiese Laymon’s essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and are written by students in the Fall 2014 graduate creative nonfiction class.

– On page 47, Laymon writes “I’m a walking regret, a truth-teller, a liar, a survivor, a frowning ellipsis, a witness, a dreamer, a teacher, a student, a failure, a joker, a writer whose eyes stay red, and I’m a child of this nation.”  Come up with a list of descriptions that fit you (not all of them have to make sense, some of them can be contradictory) and write an essay about them.  Include at least one thing you cannot actually be (a frowning ellipsis) and justify how you fit that description.

– Inspired by “Our Kind of Ridiculous.” On page 57, Kiese Laymon writes about his girlfriend’s friend recapping the abuse from police officers who falsely accused the author. “She nervously says ‘totally’ and ‘ridiculous’ a few more times,” writes Laymon, “She never says ‘afraid,’ ‘angry,’ ‘worried,’ ‘complicit,’ ‘tired,’ or ‘ashamed.'” Think about a time you had a misunderstanding with someone–anyone. It could be your parents, your lover, a friend, a teacher, the cops. Choose carefully and make sure it’s a disagreement that especially stung. Write about what was said during the most intense moments. Then write about what you wish was said. Try to make connections between this moment and other challenges you’ve faced in your lifetime.

– Inspired by “Prologue.” On page 18, Kiese Laymon imagines an exchange between his late Uncle Jimmy and his former self. Think about someone who has died and write about your own missed opportunities. What would you have said to that person if he/she were still alive? Write in the second person, as if you are writing a letter to the deceased. Imagine a conversation you could have had, and explain why that conversation never happened.

– Inspired by “Hip-Hop Stole My Southern Black Boy.” Think back on a hobby or interest that spanned a number of years in your lifetime. Was your participation a group effort or was it all about you? How were you introduced to the hobby? Where did you usually practice? Where do you stand now? Write about your journey. State how your interest in this hobby/activity has grown and changed over the years. How did your participation ultimately shape you?

– Based on “Kanye West and HaLester Myers are Better at their jobs…” Write an essay about a celebrity and how they had an impact on your life. Tell the story through the voice or perspective of another person: Your mother, your brother, or the kid that sat next to you in the third grade. Use the person telling the story to guide your experience with this celebrity.

– Based on “You are the Second Person.” Write an essay about a conversation you overhead. Speculate the history based on what you see and what you hear. Describe the person(s) in full and give quotes. Tell us where you are in your life and why you’re listening. How is it affecting you in this moment?

– Based on “Hip-Hop Stole My Southern Black Boy.” Write an essay based on a place and build a story around it. Make it a weird place. Try and steer clear of the simple places: bedroom, living room, classroom, whole towns, or vacation spots. Instead, give us a tree, a kayak, or a chair in your doctor’s office.

– Prompt inspired by Laymon’s “Prologue” (15). Write a letter to a dead relative.  Find a way to connect the letter, and the relative, to your own life, your own fears, your own insecurities.  Find a way to show how the dead relative represents something inherent within you, about you that you’ve just come to realize or accept about yourself.  Apologize to the dead relative for never having a real conversation about these things and for never really getting to know all of the nuances of this relative.

– Prompt inspired by Laymon’s “Kanye West and HaLester Myers Are Better at Their Jobs…” (85). Find a connection between something happening to a family member or a friend and the release of a popular album.   Both need to occur within the same month.  How does the situation with a family member or friend connect thematically to the music?  What are they both saying about this moment in time in our culture in America?  Find correlations between the two and then add your own narrative thread to the mix.  In other words, once you’ve established a connective thread between the family/friend narrative and the music, add a personal narrative thread from the same time period and find a way to connect your personal narrative thread to the greater thematic impression that you are making about the culture in America during this time period.

– Prompt inspired by Laymon’s “You Are the Second Person” (127).  Write about yourself in the second person.  Everything that you do should be framed around writing to yourself in second-person point of view.  Like Laymon, see if you can center the narrative around your writing experience and the frustration you feel when your writing is critiqued or just not understood.  Really trudge through the emotions of sharing work with other people (in his case, it’s his editor, but it can be a teacher, a workshop group, etc) and examine your own role in how the work can be misunderstood and how it can be better.  End the piece on a high note that pays attention to the work of writing and gives a hint of praise or appreciation for just doing it every day, head down, writing.

– In his title essay, Laymon has a powerful line on page 47 where he identifies himself as many things—“I’m a walking regret, a truth-teller, a liar, a survivor, a frowning ellipsis, a witness, a dreamer, a teacher, a student, a failure, a joker, a writer whose eyes stay red, and I’m a child of this nation.” Write an essay that begins with a line like this one. State at least seven different identities for yourself, some simple (teacher, student) and others that go a step further (a writer whose eyes stay red). In the essay, explore different situations that led you to identify yourself in these ways.

– Write an essay in which you explore your awareness of how you’ve benefited from your position of privilege—whether it’s race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ability, etc.


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