The Chernin Mentoring Program aims to build stronger and more informal connections among undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. Three faculty members and six graduate students will hold regular gatherings throughout the semester with small groups of undergraduate majors and undeclared students interested in the study of literature. The program began in the fall 2010 semester under the leadership of Professor Maura Nolan, and each semester more than 200 undergraduates have participated in the program.
These meetings will provide opportunities for open and flexible discussions of a host of intellectual, institutional, and practical issues and questions. We start with basic questions -- What is the English major? Why major in English? What kinds of reading do we do and why? -- as well as explorations of campus resources like the library, the Bancroft, and the art museum. Students will have the chance to exchange ideas about literary texts and literary criticism, as well as the opportunity to think in new and surprising ways about the Berkeley environment and literary study. Mentors will be available for one-on-one meetings to help with course selection or to answer questions like: Who should I talk to about American poetry, the Victorian novel, or Renaissance drama? What is the difference between a senior thesis and an honors thesis? Why do people go to grad school, or law school, or med school? What are the different things people do with a degree in English? Every semester, the Chernin Program will host a career panel, with Berkeley alumni in different professions, who will speak about how the English major has contributed to their careers.
In sum, the Mentorship Program opens up the extraordinary resources of the Berkeley community to the extraordinary students on our campus. It will help you to make the most of your English major and your time at Berkeley, while forging a community of like-minded faculty and students who have joined together to explore the possibilities of literary study.
Although this is not a traditional course, each participant will enroll in and earn one credit for an independent study (as English 98 or 198, on a Pass/NP basis). The program is not meant to offer extra help or tutoring on things like the mechanics of paper-writing or literary analysis; rather, it provides a more relaxed and fun way to make the best of your Berkeley experience.
To participate in the Chernin Mentoring Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, SID and whether or not you are an English major. Help spread the word about this great opportunity by becoming a fan of the Chernin Mentoring Program on Facebook.
Kathleen Donegan writes and teaches about literature and culture in early America, from New World encounters through the first decades of the republic. Her special interest is in the early seventeenth century settlement -- and un-settlement -- of English peoples on Native lands. Professor Donegan is currently completing a book entitled A Season of Misery: Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement which investigates the relationship between suffering and violence in these outposts and contact zones and the role of misery in constituting colonial subjectivity, and which will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. She teaches courses on early American women writers; the American gothic; captivity, slavery and piracy; the colonial Atlantic world; racial formation in early America; and is working on an edited collection of colonial shipwreck narratives.
Nadia Ellis joined the Berkeley English Department in the Fall of 2008, after finishing her Ph.D at Princeton University. She writes about and teaches literature of the black diaspora, the postcolonial, the queer, and various intersections thereof. She plots migrant trajectories from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom to the United States; considers cities and archives (and cities as archives); and explores the politics and substance of affect. Enduring research questions surround the relationship between modernism and postcolonialism, performance and identity. More urgent ones involve the contestatory nature of black global culture and the material effects of spirituality. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Territories of the Soul: Ways to Belong in the Black Diaspora.
Eric Falci, the director of the Chernin Program, is an Associate Professor in the English Department, where he teaches courses on modern and contemporary British and Irish literature. He specializes in Irish and British poetry since World War II. His book on contemporary Irish poetry, Continuity and Change in Irish Poetry, 1966-2010, has just appeared from Cambridge University Press, and he has published several essays on recent Irish and British poetry. He is currently working on two projects: a book-length introduction to British poetry since 1945, under contract with Cambridge University Press, and a book on the conjunctions and disjunctions between poetry and music.
2012-2013 Chernin Fellow Biographies
Stephanie Bahr grew up dividing her time between St. Louis, Missouri and a small island outside Quebec City where she learned French as a child. She attended Mount Allison University, a tiny liberal arts college in New Brunswick, where she benefited immensely from a strong, close-knit academic community. After graduating, she moved to the Bay Area and spent one successful year as a Wealth Management Analyst at Morgan Stanley; while there she found herself memorizing sonnets on her lunch break and daydreaming about how to design the perfect Shakespeare course. Stephanie is now a sixth year graduate student at Berkeley. In her dissertation, she analyzes the ways Reformation theology and interpretive practices shape the production and analysis of Renaissance literary texts. When she is not reading Renaissance literature, writing about Renaissance literature, or teaching Renaissance literature, Stephanie has far too many hobbies competing for her attention, including: belly dancing; photography; creative writing; horseback riding; pottery; and even amateur blacksmithing.
Catherine Cronquist Browning specializes in Victorian literature and the history of childhood, as well as in religion and literature in the nineteenth century. Her dissertation, Bower of Books: Reading Children in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, explores, as she writes, “the function of the reading and readable child subject in four key Victorian genres: the philosophical treatise, the Bildungsroman, the fantasy novel, and the autobiography.” She has presented papers at numerous conferences, has published several reviews of books on children and children’s literature, and is working on several articles in addition to her dissertation. Catherine has a wealth of teaching and mentoring experience at Berkeley. In addition to her work as a GSI and an instructor, Catherine has served as the Assistant Pedagogy Coordinator in the English Department, and as the Graduate Student Researcher at Berkeley’s GSI Teaching and Research Center, where she has helped to coordinate the “How Students Learn” initiative and a new pilot program entitled SMART (Student Mentoring and Research Teams). She has won the English Department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant and Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor awards, as well as the Teaching Effectiveness Award from the GSI Teaching and Resource Center. Since 2008, Catherine has taught yoga throughout the East Bay, and she sees important connections between her academic work and her yoga practice: “I have found that teaching yoga complements teaching academic course and has made me more aware of students as individuals navigating their way through a system of practice, as well as members of particular classes and communities. A large proportion of my yoga students are Berkeley undergraduates, and seeing their need for stress relief and their interest in community has given me a deeper sense of the challenges they face on such a large, busy campus.”
Charity Ketz specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and Romanticism. She received her BA from Penn State University, an MFA in poetry from Cornell University, and has held lectureships at both universities. Her dissertation “tracks two distinct epistemologies operative in the long eighteenth century (a sympathetic and an autobiographic) and is especially interested in exploring the work of those writers (e.g. John Locke and William Wordsworth) who speculatively recreate early moments in sensation as a means of maintaining self-contemporaneousness (and thereby human freedom) or as a means of sensing the mind’s movements in time.” Her book of poems, The Narcoleptic Yard (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), won second place for the Hudson Prize in poetry, and she has published numerous poems in magazines and journals. Her 2007 chapbook, Locust in Bloom, was the runner-up in the Poet’s Corner Press Chapbook Competition. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. From 2010-2012 she co-coordinated UC Berkeley’s Eighteenth-Century Studies Working Group. She has been a GSI for English 45B and English 125A, and has taught R1A and R1B. In addition, she has taught composition and creative writing courses at Penn State and Cornell. She is currently teaching a poetry class for at-risk young women in the Cambodian community at The Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland. Describing her own history, Charity encapsulates the importance of mentoring within a university community: “Having been an undergraduate who spent several years shuttling between an English and an Accounting major, and having found the transition from a small high school to the sprawl of Penn State University’s mega-campus difficult, I know that students need the lyric space offered by small discussion courses as well as mentoring that goes beyond the acquisition of any skill set. They need role models who are not only excited to hear what they have to say about Wordsworth’s Prelude or Socrates’ Apology but who will also point out some of the possibilities that exist for them in the larger academic and non-academic worlds.”
Rosa Martinez works on nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, as well as early American and Spanish literature, African American literature, and Chicano/a literature. She is particularly interested in issues surrounding gender and sexuality, and her dissertation, Passing and Passage: Reading Masquerade in American Literature, focuses on “the writerly masquerade at play in racial and gender ‘passing’ narratives in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” She is also writing a book of short stories that investigate racial and sexual ambiguity, entitled the bitter sweet of it all. In 2010-2011, Rosa was the Co-Curator of the Holloway Series in Poetry, and she has been active in the English Graduate Association. She has published several articles and reviews, and has given a number of papers at academic conferences on English, Spanish, and American literature. She has taught courses on American literature, Chicano/a literature, and creative writing, as well as on issues of race and sexuality in literature and culture. Rosa discusses some of her experiences during her time at Berkeley: “Through the years I have worked with the Graduate Diversity Program, speaking on panels with faculty and organizing workshops pertaining to SROP, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the graduate school application process and ‘life as a graduate student amidst the budget crisis.’ I also participate in the annual PossePlus Retreat as the sole graduate student among scholars and faculty. Two of my mentees are now PhD students at Stanford and USC, and another is an editor for the Berkeley journal. Beyond academics, I make the effort to expose students to outreach opportunities, sharing with them my weekend-experiences with youth as a counselor for California Offender Program Services and LGBT support groups.”
Gina Patnaik realized that she loved studying literature in the second grade, when her mom set up a creative writing workshop and “printing” press in her elementary school. Ever since that time, she’s been thinking, in some way or another, about how education emerges from the balance between classroom and life experiences. As an undergraduate, she served on the University of Iowa’s Lecture Committee, bringing voices from politics, academia and the arts to speak on campus. Her interest in human rights mechanisms and global justice have led her, among other places, to present at the UN’s first Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. At Berkeley, Gina has been deeply involved with the creation of the Human Rights Interdisciplinary Minor, serving as the minor’s program coordinator and co-teaching its senior thesis workshop. At every point in her education, Gina has been encouraged, challenged, and guided by amazing mentors who helped her figure out the connections between her academic interests and her personal and political engagements with the world. She’s excited to have the chance to continue to build similar relationships within the Berkeley English community. Gina specializes in twentieth century literature and human rights, and her dissertation explores the aftermath of war in the legal, psychoanalytic and fictional narratives of the twentieth century. She has presented her work at conferences in the United States and Europe. Gina has taught in the English department and in the Human Rights minor program, and in 2012, she received Berkeley’s Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.
Ian Thomas-Bignami first came to UC Berkeley’s English Department as a junior transfer from Diablo Valley College in 2002, received his B.A. and the Departmental Citation in 2004, and returned to study eighteenth-century British literature as a graduate student in 2006. As a graduate student instructor, Ian has led courses on travel writing and on shifting notions of knowledge in the Enlightenment period. He recently received an Outstanding GSI award for his work with students. His dissertation, Attending to the Unknown: Epistemological Dilemmas and the Rise of Literature, addresses the relationship between natural history and poetry in the eighteenth century and focuses in particular on the way that specific epistemologically troublesome cases in natural history are repurposed in eighteenth-century verse. In addition to his research and his vast teaching experience, Ian has worked as a private tutor and as a volunteer with local and international NGOs. In 2010, Ian led a group of high school and college students on a volunteer mission to Kenya as part of the Cherish Our Children International organization. About the importance of mentoring, Ian writes, “As a community college transfer student to Berkeley’s English Department before the Chernin Program existed I am familiar with the need many undergraduates have for advice and support. I can identify with my undergraduate students when they feel both surrounded by opportunities and frustrated by the lack of assistance necessary to pursue them, especially when the only thing keeping a student from taking advantage of a great opportunity is the lack of awareness that it exists. I feel strongly that skilled undergraduate mentoring helps students utilize the incredible richness of the English Department, the University community, and the Bay Area.” In addition to reading and teaching, Ian enjoys gardening, fixing things, and taking his son to the park.
Chernin Program, Spring 2013
Week of January 21-25
January 22: Opening Meeting, 6:30 p.m., 155 Dwinelle
Week of January 28 – February 1
Jan. 28 and 30: small group meetings: Introductions, “Talking in Public”; mentors distribute course control numbers
Week of February 4-8
One-on-One Meetings with your mentor
Week of February 11-15
Feb. 11 and 13: small group meetings: “What’s a good sentence?”
Week of February 18-22
Monday, February 18th: academic and administrative holiday
Wednesday, February 20: Professors At Work: Scott Saul, 5:30 – 7:00, 300 Wheeler
Week of February 25 – March 1
Feb. 25 and 27: small group meetings: “Art in Public”
Week of March 4-8
Berkeley Art Museum Visits
(***there will be 10 time slots available over two weeks, and you can sign up for one slot via doodle poll: http://doodle.com/4angs3cfum9yawud)
Week of March 11-15
March 11 and 13: small group meetings: “My Writing Selves”
Berkeley Art Museum Visits(cont.)
Week of March 18-22
Wednesday, March 20: Study Break, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Department Lounge
Week of March 25-29
Week of April 1-5
April 1 and 3: small group meetings: “Who We Write For”
*an English department professor will sit in on each group
*Wednesday 6 and 7 p.m. groups will meet April 10 instead
Week of April 8-12
Office hours (course selection advising: in small groups by appointment)
Monday, April 8: Professors At Work: Namwali Serpell, 5:30-7:00, Maude Fife Room
Tuesday, April 9: Chernin Program/EUA Panel on internships, 6-7:30, 300 Wheeler
Wednesday, April 10: small group meetings: “Who We Write For” ( ***THIS IS FOR THE WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. GROUPS ONLY***)
Week of April 15-19
Monday, April 15: Telebears appointments begin for Fall 2013 classes
Tuesday, April 16: Chernin Program/EUA Panel on undergraduate research, 6-7:30 p.m., 300 Wheeler
April 15 and 17: small group meetings: “Me Writing You”
Week of April 22-26
Wednesday, April 24: Career Panel, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Maude Fife Room, [315 Wheeler]
Week of April 29 – May 3
April 29 and May 1: small group meetings: Conclusions, “The Chernin Public”
Week of May 6-10 (Reading Week)
Tuesday, May 7: Chernin creative writing groups end-of-semester reading, 5 p.m., Department Lounge
Wednesday, May 8: Study Break, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Department Lounge
The Chernin Mentoring Program is interested in helping students explore many aspects of academic study and professional preparation, including internships. What follows is a preliminary list of internship opportunities and funds for undergraduate archival work or conference travel that your mentors have researched or that your fellow Chernin students have held. The list is a work in progress, and you are our best resource! Please continue to send links and descriptions of internships that would be of interest to English majors.
A few tips:
ASUC Academic Opportunity Fund
Awards for undergraduate research and conference travel. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by the ASUC Academic Affairs Office. Allocations are generally limited to $500 per event, though this amount may be waived under exceptional circumstances.
Center for British Studies Undergraduate Travel Grants for Conferences and Research (rolling deadline)
Funds undergraduate students to help finance travel to conferences and for research. Awards of $500 — $1,000 towards expenses (to be reimbursed after the event).
Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs (deadline 1/18/2013)
The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, post graduate leadership training program through which Fellows gain hands-on experience and access through work in the government, nonprofit, labor, political, and business sectors. Monthly stipends and financial aid are available.
The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics (deadline 12/3/2013)
Monetary awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 for essays writting on ethical issues. Registered juniors and seniors are eligible for the prize.
Haas Scholars Program (deadline 2/15/2013)
Funds financial aid eligible, academically talented UC Berkeley undergraduates to engage in a sustained research, field-study or creative project in the summer before and during their senior year at Berkeley. Each year, twenty Haas Scholars are selected from all disciplines and departments across the University on the basis of the merit and originality of their project proposals. $12,600 to do independent research.
Leslie Lipson Essay Prize (deadline 3/8/2013)
A $2,000 prize is awarded to students who submit winning essays on one of five topics related to humanistic values.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships (deadline 3/5/2013)
The MMUF program at UC Berkeley prepares fellows to enter graduate school by funding research and building mentoring relationships with faculty. Students should have at least 4 semesters left at UC Berkeley when applying.
McNair Scholars Program (deadline 10/11/2012)
Competitive program to select UC Berkeley undergraduates for doctoral study. The program aims to increase numbers of groups underrepresented in doctoral programs.
Student Opportunity Funds (rolling deadline)
Funds for conference and research travel (excluding food and lodging).
Summer Research Opportunities Program (deadline 2/1/2013)
Paid summer research program. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have shown potential for success, but may have had limited access to graduate research or other academic opportunities. The program strongly encourages applications from undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and who show potential to benefit from exposure to the environment of a research university.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) (deadline 3/08/2013)
SURF offers summer stipends to support undergraduate students' concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis or another major capstone research project. SURF awards will go to students who have an interesting research question, a well-conceived research plan, and clear faculty support. $2500 over one summer.
URAP is one of the best ways undergraduate English majors can connect with faculty, learn valuable research and archival skills, improve their resumes/scholarship applications, receive academic mentorship, and get a glimpse of what conducting a senior thesis or entering graduate school in the humanities will entail. The program pairs undergraduate students with faculty on research projects.
CalCorps Public Service Center
Founded in 1967 by students, Cal Corps is the University’s Public Service Center. The Center partners with the community, student leaders and faculty to engage over 6000 students each year as volunteers, and through jobs, internships, and courses. Cal Corps serves as a clearinghouse for a variety of academic year and summer internships, including Cal in the Capitol, Cal in Local Government, the Magnolia Project (which links students to poverty-alleviating organizations in New Orleans), and JusticeCorps.
The Townsend Center's G.R.O.U.P. Summer Apprenticeships Program pairs faculty members and undergraduate students in summer research projects, allowing students to develop new skills under the guidance of a faculty mentor and to experience the rigor and excitement of academic research in an area of their interest.
Companies and organizations partner with UC Berkeley's SAGE Scholars Program by offering paid internships to the SAGE Scholars in their field of study in addition to making an annual contribution to the SAGE Scholar's Fund at UC Berkeley. Through these partnerships business sponsors will provide invaluable business experience and training, as well as strong mentoring. SAGE Scholars will also participate in career workshops at UC Berkeley, specially designed to enhance their business and leadership skills.
Creative Residencies for Emerging Artists Teaching Empowerment (C.R.E.A.T.E.)
C.R.E.A.T.E. is an arts-in-service internship program that allows Cal undergraduates to contribute their skills in visual arts, dance, theater, and creative writing to meet community needs in afterschool programs. Interns are recruited at the beginning of every semester.
The Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq) is a Cal Community Center providing programs, resources and services for and about the Women's and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities, as well as, sexual and hate/bias motivated harassment and violence. GenEq is a fast-paced and dynamic work environment where we promote brave spaces for dialogue and mutual understanding. Interns should possess those personal qualities that will aid in effectively and affably relating those who seek assistance through the GenEq. These qualities should include mature judgment, sensitivity to others, appreciation for a diverse student body, and knowledge of issues affecting women and LGBT persons. We are looking for passionate individuals who are committed to issues of social justice and are motivated to make social change within our communities.
Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program
The Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program is a scholarship fund for students volunteers. Each year, the program selects up to 20 undergraduates to receive need-based scholarships in the range of $2,500 to $5,000, making it possible for students to volunteer 12 to 15 hours a week in off-campus service activities. Applications are due in July of each year.
The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize
The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and the public good.Up to $25,000 for a project to be completed in the year after graduation.
Funding for Graduate Work in the Humanities
Beinecke Scholarship ($32,000 for MFA or PhD in Arts, Humanities, or
Social Science: requires financial need. Apply when you are a year or a semester away from graduation.)
Jack Kent Cooke (up to $50,000 for six years; requires financial need, 3.5+ GPA. Apply in your last semester or after graduation).
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship -- up to four years of support in a graduate program --
and DAAD for Study in Germany, both administered by the
Graduate Division Fellowships Office, 318 Sproul Hall.
Chernin Entertainment will be seeking interns to work with our feature film and television departments in Summer 2012. Candidates should have strong communication and organizational skills.
Positions are unpaid, and candidates must be eligible to receive academic credit. Please email resumes and availability to Sandi Howk at email@example.com later than March 31st, 2012 for Summer 2012 consideration.
Chernin Entertainment produces television programs and feature films. Its current slate of television shows includes the breakout hit comedy New Girl, A&E’s Breakout Kings, and Fox’s new series Terra Nova and Allen Gregory. Fox will air the highly anticipated Touch, starring Keifer Sutherland, in spring 2012. Peter Chernin, along with Dylan Clark, produced the company's first feature film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was released in August 2011. The film received critical acclaim and has grossed over $430 million worldwide as of October 2011.
826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. They offer a range of programs, all free of charge, for students, classrooms, and schools in the Bay Area. Their project-based approach allows students ownership over the writing process, and strengthens their ability to express themselves clearly and in their own voice. By making writing fun, by demystifying the process, and by creating gorgeous books, magazines, and newspapers that honor their work, we can inspire young people to gain critical skills and write with confidence.
Come exercise your writing and editing skills, work directly with teachers and students, and gain valuable experience in the many aspects of educational programming, nonprofit administration, and event planning.
To apply, please send an email with a current resume (with references) that reflects relevant experience and skills. Also include a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.
KQED (local NPR affiliate)
KQED offers internships in programming, research, content production, communications and marketing.
KQED's Internship program offers a great opportunity for interested students to obtain valuable on-the-job exposure to areas of our business that support our mission, goals, and objectives in Public Broadcasting. The purpose of the program is to provide qualifying students with opportunities to learn and experience elements of the broadcast communications industry. Individuals who participate in our program will have the opportunity to make valuable contributions to our organization.
We have part-time AmeriCorps service positions available at UC Berkeley, and we’re looking for the best and brightest students to join our program. You can find out more by visitingour website. Students who are interested can apply by clicking here.
Energy Service Corps is a joint project of CALPIRG and AmeriCorps. Our goal is to reduce energy use here in Merced and across the state. Energy Service Corps members serve for four months to twelve months and upon completion of their service, receive a $1,208 award to pay for future schooling or to pay off student loans.
Energy Service Corps members take on lead roles to teach local school children fun, interactive lessons about energy and the environment, lead energy surveys of local buildings and coordinate service projects that bring together local community groups. Members forge partnerships with community and faith-based groups, meet with local and state officials to encourage their participation in community projects, contact the media to write about energy efficiency and adapt educational activities to fit the needs of local communities and to appeal to a wide range of age groups – all in an effort to foster long-term community stewardship and increase energy efficiency across California!
There are lots of other ways you can get involved if you want to help out, like:
A rigorous, two-month program allows undergraduates to teach high-achieving middle school students in small classroom settings. Each teacher has a lot of support from professional experienced teachers and from other college students who have taught at Breakthrough before. Since Breakthrough is an official partner of Teach for America, it is something to consider for anyone who is planning on applying. "At 33 locations across the nation and abroad, Breakthrough Collaborative launches motivated middle-school students on the path to college and prepares older students for careers in education. A national nonprofit, Breakthrough Collaborative is devoted to preparing high-achieving middle-school students, most of whom are of color and from low-income families, to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs. Breakthrough also recruits and trains outstanding high school and college students to become Breakthrough teachers and build an interest in careers as educators."
Comcast SportsNet offers four multi-week internship programs for students preparing for a career in sports television. The four internships are within the 1) News Department, 2) Live Events Department 3) Marketing/PR Department and 4) Digital media. All of these are unpaid internships, and applicants must receive college credit for their work. The internships are located in our San Francisco, CA office.
The Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University focuses on the needs of students with exceptionally high academic abilities. The CTY community includes very bright students from all over the world whose talents place them well ahead of their age-mates. These students need special attention: greater academic challenges, interaction with intellectual peers, and teaching strategies designed especially for the gifted. CTY offers gifted students, and their families and schools as well, a wide range of programs and services to nurture their intellectual abilities, enhance personal development, and foster better understanding of the needs of talented youth. CYT hires instructors for its day and residential summer programs. At CTY you will work with an exceptional group of students, make contacts and friendships with dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience in a rigorous academic community. CTY has consistently been named as one of the top internships in leading publications. We have a network of past employees now working in positions ranging from heads of school to deans of students to university professors. Program sites located in several states, including California.
Undergraduate and High School Interns: The SFDA offers internship positions for undergraduate and high school students with an interest in criminal justice who seek exposure to the unique and diverse opportunities the SFDA offers. Undergraduate and high school students assist prosecutors in a variety of clerical tasks, such as organizing and preparing case files for trial, contacting witnesses, and managing subpoenas and records surrounding both pre-trial hearings and jury trials. Applicants should be reliable and well-organized students who can successfully balance their studies with their work at the office.
Unigo.com, a multimedia college platform, is looking for exceptional college students to join our network. College students will be paid $16/hour to chat online with prospective students interested in their university. What’s great about this program is you can work around your unique schedule and commit to as many or few sessions as you wish. Your involvement can change higher education by making the college application process easier and more informative
Unigo is an online community led by college students and counselors to help families find, get in and pay for college. Founded in 2008, Unigo is based in New York and funded by McGraw-Hill Education and a group of angel investors. Unigo works with media companies such as USA Today, The Huffington Post, US News & World Report and others. For more information visit: http://www.unigo.com/fast-facts.aspx
Writers for Liberty - Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University
Paid internship. On the job training for reporters, producers, and investigative journalists! The Institute for Humane Studies seeks skilled writers passionate about individual liberty and free enterprise. Spring, summer, and fall placements available in:
Past interns have worked with 20/20, DC Examiner, CAlWAtchDog, The Daily Center, and Fox Cable News. Benefits include a stipend, career workshops, mentoring, and a growing professional portfolio.
ZYZZYVA, the literary journal of West Coast writers and artists, is looking for editorial interns for its San Francisco office. The internships will focus on editorial assistance, online feature writing, social media management, and general office support.
The part-time internships begin the week of January 10thand will last 8 to 10 weeks. Applicants should be available to work from our San Francisco office 2-3 days every week for the duration.
All applicants should possess excellent writing and research skills, have a sharp eye toward detail, and should be pursuing a career in professional writing or publishing. The ideal candidate is highly organized, deadline oriented, and passionate about the world of letters and its presence on the West Coast. Interns are expected to contribute regular fine arts (book, theater, art) reviews and other features to the ZYZZYVA blog.
To apply, please submit a brief cover letter (including availability), resume, and 3 samples of non-fiction writing with the subject line “ZYZZYVA Intern” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is December 19.
Established in 1985, ZYZZYVA is the leading print journal dedicated to publishing new works by contemporary artists and authors living and working on the West Coast. Produced and published in San Francisco, ZYZZYVA is available in bookstores across the country and brings national attention to the work of West Coast authors and artists. ZYZZYVA has established a strong tradition of finding talent, and has offered many contemporary luminaries their first time in print, including Po Bronson, Chitra Divakaruni, Haruki Murakami (translated by J. Philip Gabriel), and F.X. Toole.
Confused about what to do with your English major? Not sure what you are qualified for? Need inspiration as you plan your future? We have compiled a list of jobs held by Berkeley English Department alumni to give you an idea of just how flexible the English major can be as a steppingstone to many different careers. It is remarkable to see the variety of jobs filled by English majors. When you get asked "but what can you do with an English major?", this list will provide a plethora of answers. We found it truly exciting to read about English majors in the film industry, banking, publishing, acting, social work, politics, software companies and hardware companies, the federal government, libraries, advertising, the tourist industry, magazine publishing, the healthcare industry and many more.
Need a new book to read? Looking for bedtime reading or summer reading? The Chernin Program has put together a list of recommendations from faculty, grad students, and undergrads. The list is an ongoing project, so we will be adding to it as more recommendations arrive. Check back from time to time to see the new additions!
Please feel free to add your own recommendations, too—just email email@example.com.
Eric Falci's list:
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel. These are the first two books in a planned trilogy about the court of King Henry VIII, focusing primarily on Thomas Cromwell, a key figure in Henry's government. Each is an amazingly vivid historical fiction. Both volumes won the Booker Prize (in 2009 and 2012).
Catherine Cronquist Browning's list:
American Gods, Neil Gaiman – fiction – Blend together a cross-country road trip, a book of world mythology, and the darkest human impulses, and you’ve got American Gods. It’s a sprawling novel, with dozens of major characters and many detailed subplots, and it’s compulsively readable.
The Prizes program at UC Berkeley is a primary forum for rewarding creative expression and scholarly achievement by Cal's finest students. Winners receive both distinction and a cash prize, which is coordinated with the winner's financial aid package, if any. Prize competitions are open to students of any major. Successful, even prominent, artists and poets in our society found that winning an award at Berkeley was a pivotal experience in their artistic careers. Prizes are administered under the direction of the Academic Senate Committee on Prizes. Copies of the essays and poetry submissions chosen to receive prizes are archived at the Bancroft Library at the end of each year.
The general deadline for all contests (except the Greek/Latin Translation contests, Eisner Film/Video, Eisner Photo-Imaging, and Lipson Essay Prize) is 4 p.m., December 1.
Write a poem
$500 - $300
Write a poem
Write a poem
$600 - $250
Write a story or play
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Write an anecdote, story, poem, drawing, or play illustrative of American wit and humor
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BAY AREA POETRY/FICTION/DRAMA READING SERIES
* This blog collects all of the bay area poetry events and is updated almost every day:
This is a really fun reading series. Join the facebook group and you will get updates. It is usually a younger crowd of student-poets. The readings always take place at 604 56th street, one of those Oakland houses with a couch on the porch. It often turns into a party afterwards.
Hosts fancier readings series, most often with older, more well-established poets. Events are most often in San Francisco. Take especial notice of the reading planned for November 20th—UC Berkeley professor Lyn Hejinian will be presenting!
Dramatic readings of plays and other performance/literary events. For example, on Sept. 21 at 7:30 is “Stealing the Leads: Women Read Glengarrygloss Glen Ross, a Play by David Mamet.”
Takes place in the Maude Fife Room in Wheeler! This reading series pairs an established visiting poet with a graduate student poet.
A noontime poetry reading series that takes place in the Morrison Library in Doe on the first Thursday of the month.
A monthly prose reading series at UC Berkeley. The “Bay Area Mystery Writers Panel” on Oct. 14th looks interesting.
San Francisco’s literary festival. Most events happen in bars. Titles include, “Is Self Publishing the New Black?”
BFR is an entirely undergraduate student-run publication. We seek out innovative fiction that plays with form and content as well as traditionally constructed stories with fresh voice and original ideas. We run a yearly Sudden Fiction contest for stories under 1,000 words.
BPR is the University of California, Berkeley's longest running poetry journal, having been published annually since 1974. It has earned the distinction of being one of the premier student-managed journals in the country. Throughout the academic year, our staff works to produce a volume of poetry, with submissions coming from all across the nation, as well as from students, faculty, and friends of the University. In addition, we wish to promote serious consideration of student creative writing and to foster a welcoming community where poets can hone their craft and receive helpful feedback about their work.
CLAM is a bi-annual publication run by members of the UC Berkeley student body. We publish literature and visual art by the Berkeley student community and report on recent artistic events and accomplishments at UC Berkeley. Our mission is to provide space for new writers and artists to have their work published. We want to form a community of creative people to share their ideas and gain exposure.
Cal Slam is one of the last bastions of creative expression on the UC Berkeley campus. We host Monday Writing Workshops, General Meetings every Saturday, and an Open Mic and Poetry Slam on every third Thursday of the month. Our poets learn to use their poetry to better explore and share themselves, their experiences and the world around them through words.
The Human Journal builds communities on the Cal campus in two ways. The first, more obvious, way is through the publication. The publication is a collection of true, personal, and specific stories written by Berkeley affiliates (students, faculty, staff. . .) with the intention of letting us know each other a little better. The second way that HJB builds community is through the staff. The staff of the Human Journal are a close knit group of individuals dedicated to making Cal a little bite friendlier and a little bit more welcoming. They know each other well, and support each other not just in journal related issues, but in life.
Oatmeal Magazine is run by two Berkeley kids who live nearish each other in said city. Disillusioned by scary literary mags but inspired by a certain creative writing class, they now happily found an outlet for writing weird things, and having people like them for it. Do you want to be us? Or, better question, would you like to join us in our celebration of this literary breakfast? If you’re interested, please state your interest in this particular feast by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the Chernin Program is closed for the spring 2013 semester. If you are interested in participating in the Chernin Program in Fall 2013, please check back at the end of this semester to find instructions about signing up.
General sign ups for Spring 2013 creative-writing peer workshops are now closed. However, with questions or to request late admission to a workshop, please contact Jocelyn Rodal at email@example.com
The Bay Area is crawling with fun things to do. The suggestions below are just the very, very beginning of cool things to do in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Below are several recommendations for cheap (or free) cultural activities nearby. Make sure to check out their websites for additional information about current readings, exhibits, or other activities. Readings: City Lights Books (SF) An independent bookstore started by poet Lawrence Ferlenghetti and Peter Martin. Frequently hosts readings. Check out the calendar posted on their website! http://www.citylights.com/ Green Apple Books (SF) A fabulous used bookstore in the Richmond. http://www.greenapplebooks.com/ Moe's Books (Berkeley) A used bookstore on Telegraph Avenue which frequently hosts readings. http://moesbooks.com/ Festivals: Stern Grove Music Festival: A free summer concert series in Stern Grove Park (SF) http://www.sterngrove.org/ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: A FREE three-day concert series in Golden Gate Park (typically held in early October). http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/ Litquake: San Francisco's literary festival, featuring readings, lectures, talks, book signings, and more (typically in early October). Check out their website for readings during the rest of the year, as well. http://www.litquake.org/ Oakland Art Murmur's First Fridays http://oaklandartmurmur.org/ On the first Friday of every month, Oakland art galleries stay open from 6-9 pm. Expect live bands, dancing, and food trucks! Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum of California http://museumca.org/event/friday-nights-omca-3 Off the Grid Food Trucks, music, dance lessons, and half-price admission to OMCA. Theaters: Berkeley Repertory Theater A Tony-award winning nonprofit theater located in downtown Berkeley. Make sure to check out student rush ticket prices ($10 off regular price) and under 30 prices (1/2 off advance ticket sales). Or, if you love theater, consider volunteering as an usher. You'll get to see shows and receive extra tickets each time you volunteer. http://www.berkeleyrep.org/index.asp Aurora Theater Company https://www.auroratheatre.org/ Voted the best theater of the Bay in 2012, Aurora Theater's season includes several contemporary plays and frequently features new playwrights. Student tickets (with UCB id) are $15 when purchased 24 hours in advance. There are also $20 rush tickets. Pacific Film Archives (UCB) http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/ Daily (or near-daily) screenings of art films. Tickets are $5.50 for UCB students; season tickets are an even better deal! CalShakes: Shakespeare performed in an outdoor theater in the beautiful Orinda hills. http://www.calshakes.org/ Museums: San Francisco Center for the Book A museum dedicated to books and bookbinding. Admission is always free; the center also offers frequent workshops on book-binding, printing, etc. http://sfcb.org/ Discounted or Free Museum Days: Asian Art Museum (SF) - 1st Wednesday of the month (free); $5 admission on Thursdays from 6-9 http://www.asianart.org/ de Young Museum (SF) - 1st Tuesday of the month (free) http://deyoung.famsf.org/ Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - 1st Tuesday of the month (free); 1/2 price admission on Thursdays from 6-9 Oakland Museum of California - 2nd Sunday of the month (free) http://www.museumca.org/