You love literature, and so does the College of Liberal Arts’ Department of English. But your English degree program doesn’t start and end with books. You can awards and scholarships; study abroad in Rome; join the Association of Departments of English; explore English Clubs & Organizations; participate in the Writer-in-Residence program; or attend a DuPlessis Lecture or Philadelphia reading series.


Internships are becoming an increasingly important part of an education. College graduates today find themselves in diverse workforce settings and would benefit from hands-on experience and training that strengthen their resume and prepare them for a future career. The English Department is dedicated to providing a wealth of internship opportunities for students throughout the university. Internships are made available through the English 3805 course. You can read more to learn about frequently asked questions and see a list of recent internship placements. Students cannot register themselves for English 3085. In order to be registered, a student who has been accepted as an intern should email Professor Robison,

Awards and Scholarships

The entire list of awards and scholarships for English majors is listed along with applications and instructions on the College of Liberal Arts Awards and Scholarships page.

Association of Departments of English

The Association of Departments of English (ADE) advocates for English departments and promotes the value of English studies. As a project of the Modern Language Association, the ADE provides information and research for its member departments, creating institutional, national, and professional contexts for exploring policy, disciplinary challenges, trends, and best practices in the broad field of English studies in higher education.

Student Clubs & Organizations

For information about Temple University’s English clubs and organizations, click the link below relative to your program of interest and scroll to the Student Clubs & Organizations section of that page.

Writer-in-Residence Program

The Creative Writing Program invites a distinguished novelist (in the fall) and poet (in the spring) to be in residence for several days in order to work with MFA students. These guests read student manuscripts in their genre, meet with students individually in conference, give a reading, attend graduate workshops, and spend informal time with the students over the course of their visit.

Please visit the Creative Writing MFA page for info about the Writer-in-Residence Program.

DuPlessis Lecture in Poetry and Poetics

The DuPlessis Lecture is named after Professor Emeritus Rachel Blau DuPlessis. DuPlessis is a widely published poet and critic and one of her significant contributions to the field of poetry and poetics is her interweaving of these two practices. Her poetry often speaks to the concerns of her critical work and her critical works often stretch the conventions of the scholarly essay. This lecture series honors DuPlessis’ expansions of literary form, and features poets who write in a number of different registers.

Local Philadelphia Reading Series

  • Chapter and Verse Reading Series Founded by graduate fiction writer Steve Dolph (class of 2007) and is currently curated by Ryan Eckes (also class of 2007) and Stan Mir. It takes place at Chapterhouse on 9th Street between South and Bainbridge.
  • Kelly Writers House Located at the University of Pennsylvania (3805 Locust Walk), the Kelly Writers House hosts readings and literary events almost every night of the academic year. Follow this link for the full calendar.
  • Free Library of Philadelphia The Central Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library (at 1901 Vine St.) bring some of the biggest literary names around to read from their works. Some of the events are ticketed, but many are free to the public.
  • Bryn Mawr College Reading Series Bryn Mawr can be easily reached via public transportation by taking the Paoli/Thorndale line to the Bryn Mawr station.
  • Villanova Literary Festival This festival happens every Spring semester. Villanova can be easily reached via public transportation by taking the Paoli/Thorndale line to the Villanova station.