Student Organizations

The English department sponsors and supports several student organizations. Some of these organizations provide professional development and academic expertise, while others are just for fun.

Sigma Tau Delta/English Club

Sigma Tau Delta is an English student honor society which meets on a regular basis and plans events throughout the year. Several of our students have attended the national Sigma Tau Delta convention and presented at related conferences. Watch for news about this year's Sigma Tau Delta activities.

English Club includes Sigma Tau Delta members along with anyone who just has an interest in English-related activities, even if you are not a major or minor.  Join us for regular meetings, games, contests and lectures. 

The Decaturian

Millikin students with newswriting experience or interest are encouraged to write for the award-winning student newspaper, the Decaturian. The Decaturian is a biweekly student newspaper published during the academic year. The paper is written, edited, and managed by students. Each issue reaches about 2,500 readers and is a primary source of news on campus. You can get course credit for writing and working as a staff member for the Decaturian. The course is EN120, Journalism Workshop. If you don't have journalism experience, or if you want to develop more professional newswriting skills before writing for the Decaturian, you will want to enroll in EN215 Newswriting I.

An English professor serves as adviser to the DEC and teaches journalism courses. If you have any questions about writing for the Decaturian or earning academic credit for journalism work, contact the adviser, Dr. Scott Lambert.

Contact any editor for information about joining the staff. Everyone is welcome to attend regular story meetings. The Decaturian office is located on the ground level of Blackburn Hall. Email the Decaturian editors at decaturian@millikin.edu. Millikin students with newswriting experience are encouraged to write for the award-winning student newspaper, the Decaturian.

Collage

Millikin's student literary and fine arts magazine is Collage. Peer judges select the best work, fiction, poetry, drama, and essays. Art and photography also are included. Collage is published by students who are responsible for judging, copy editing, and designing the publication. All Millikin students are invited to submit writing and artwork, and to work on the staff of Collage. Submit your work with your name and title of the work on a separate sheet of paper. Turn in your submissions to the English Department office, Shilling 402.

Campus Jobs and Internship Information

Are there internships for English majors?

A majority of our English majors have one or more internships related to professional goals and personal interests. We have four types of internships in English at Millikin, but each follows the same procedures and academic outcomes.

  1. Professional Writing Internship—working with a business or non-profit organization, helping with a variety of writing tasks including reports, publicity, newsletters, press releases, employee manuals, program plans, grants, flyers, brochures and plans.
  2. Teaching Writing Internship—working with a Millikin English faculty member in a course on teaching writing, tutoring students in the course, helping to develop a lesson plan and to experience the teacher's perspective in a college level writing course.
  3. Pre-professional Internship—English Education majors complete several internships in the schools as part of their education requirements, and they complete 3 credits of pre-professional development work, often in the form of individualized internships. These projects include developing resources for teaching English, working with faculty on education rationales and related work.
  4. Technology Internship—working with a professor in the use of technology in the professor's discipline, which in English usually means technical writing and computer aided publishing technical support. Technology interns usually serve as tutors in the Media Arts Center, developing tutorials, user procedure manuals, and tutoring students in the Media Arts Center courses.

How do internships in English work?

Area employers and organizations often contact the English department looking for an intern, so we can help place students in an ideal site for both the student and the organization requesting an intern. However, students can seek and find possible sites for an internship on their own—especially during the summer when they may not be in the Decatur community.

Once the site is located, the student contacts the site manager and sets up an interview. If they are accepted for the internship, a learning contract is written. The intern, site supervisor and faculty adviser all must sign off on the Internship Learning Contract at the beginning of the internship.

During the internship, the intern keeps a log of activities and time spent. Forty log hours are required for each credit. The intern also keeps copies of writing and other products worked on during the internship which are included in the final internship portfolio. At the end of the internship, the supervisor writes a letter of evaluation based on the task goals and resulting performance of the intern. The intern writes a learning review based on the learning goals expressed in the Internship Learning Contract (adding unexpected surprises or unanticipated things learned as well).

Can an internship be paid?

Internships on campus are for credit only, but internships off campus may be paid. In either case, the learning contract, log of hours and review are required for academic credit.

Can I get internship credit after I complete an internship somewhere?

No. If you have not prepared your learning goals and task goals at the beginning of the internship, you may not get credit for the internship. You must register before or at the very beginning of your internship in order to receive academic credit. You may not receive credit or sign up for the internship the semester after you do the internship.

Example of a Professional Writing Internship

Office of University Advancement
Contact Deb Kirchner, 424-6383

Term: Fall semester

Hours: 120 total hours: approx. 8 hours per week, flexible with class schedule as necessary. Pay: Academic credit only

Job Description: Assist with editorial content and production for Millikin Quarterly, the university's alumni magazine. Includes interviewing and writing profiles and other articles for Quarterly, assisting with the layout, proofreading, research and fact-checking, plus other duties as assigned.

Skills Needed: Writing or communications major preferred. Should have skills in interviewing, writing and layout, as well as the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines working independently. Good interpersonal communication skills required. Experience with the following software would be beneficial: Microsoft Word; Adobe PageMaker, PhotoShop and Illustrator.

Conant Awards

Established by Grace Patten Conant, a former chairperson of the Department, this competition offers cash prizes in two categories. All Millikin students are eligible to submit work completed at Millikin University.

Category I: Literary Creation Category II: Literary Interpretation

This category includes fiction, poetry, drama, and literary essays. Students may submit as many entries as they wish in one or more of these forms. To be eligible, the entry must have been done in any course at Millikin or written under the supervision of any Millikin faculty member.

This category includes interpretive papers written about literature. To be eligible, the entry must have been written in any course at Millikin or written under the supervision of a Millikin professor. Students may submit as many entries as they wish.

Students may submit entries in one or both categories. Each entry must be accompanied by a Millikin instructor's signature verifying that the work was produced under her or his supervision. Students may not submit work done in high school or at another university

Submission guidelines

You must be a Millikin University student to enter the Conant Literary Awards competition. Indicate which category you are entering: Literary Creation or Literary Interpretation. Include a title of your manuscript or a brief description (such as "Six Poems" or "Lady Isabel: Ellen Wood's Rebellious Angel").

All entries must be authenticated as work completed at Millikin University under supervision of a Millikin faculty member. This authentication is provided by the supervising professor's signature.Be sure to remove your name from all title pages, headings, and headers. The manuscript itself needs no title page, but you should retain a photocopy of everything you submit. If you enter both categories, submit a separate form for each entry. All entries should be brought or sent to the English Department office, SH402A.

All entries should be sent or brought to the English Office, SH402A, no later than noon on Friday, February 19, 2016. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form.