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The Poetry Concentration encourages students to delve deeply into the art and business of poetry through reading, writing, translating and fine arts book-making. The concentration asks each student to acquire practical, hands-on knowledge of the professional work of publishers, editors, translators, fine art printers and curators, as well as administrators of writers conferences or workshops. Practical experience in the Poetry Concentration may consist of paid internships or volunteer work.

To qualify for credit as a practical experience:

  1. The internship or practical experience must be at least 100 hours of work (Praxis funding requires 220 hours. For more information about PRAXIS, visit the CDO Web site);
  2. The practical experience should include work assignments that are necessary to the organization and that offer the intern significant learning opportunities;
  3. Supervision by a skilled professional is essential and should include face-to-face meetings at least once a week.

Internship Supervisor Form

To arrange an internship, supervisors are asked to supply the following information
by April 15.

Your Name
Your Organization
Organization Web Site
Your E-Mail
Name of Student

Please describe the projects the intern will be working on in as much detail as possible:

Please describe how the intern will be supervised and evaluated throughout her time. What meetings will she attend with you or other staff members?

Please Type Your Name
Supervisor's electronic signature



If you have any questions about the Poetry Concentration internship program, please contact the director of the Poetry Concentration, Ellen Doré Watson, ewatson@smith.edu