Dr. Ted Pelton, Chair, Department of English, and English
major Kelsey Taylor; Kelsey completed an internship
helping Dr. Pelton with the project of archiving the small
press that he founded and directed, Starcherone Books,
which included creating a bibliography of critical works
pertaining to the press's publications

Internships help provide networking opportunities that may lead to future jobs. Many TTU students have found leads to permanent jobs through their internships.

Students can complete their internships at a variety of businesses in the Middle Tennessee area. The internships are usually three credit hours, but up to nine credit hours can be received. Internships can be completed in the spring, summer, or fall, depending on students' schedules. During a regular semester, internships require about 15 hours of work per week. Students may choose from locations such as the following:

  • Aphena Pharma Solutions, in Cookeville
  • Averitt Express, in Cookeville
  • Cumberland County Playhouse (Crossville)
  • The Business Media Center at TTU
  • The Biz Foundry (Cookeville)
  • Governor Bredesen's office in Nashville (Positions in Policy, Communications, Legislation, Scheduling and Constituent Services)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Putnam and Cumberland Counties)
  • The Herald Citizen, in Cookeville
  • The Small Business Development Center (Cookeville)
  • Historic Rugby (Rugby)
  • MMA Creative (Cookeville and Nashville)
  • MMA Creative, in Cookeville
  • Operation Stand Down Tennessee (Nashville)
  • Putnam County Habitat for Humanity in Cookeville
  • Research Electronics International, in Cookeville
  • Student Records and Registration at TTU
  • Television stations in Nashville or Knoxville
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Nashville)
  • Tennessee Tech’s Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving (Cookeville)
  • Tennessee Tech’s Office of Marketing and Communications (Cookeville)
  • Under the Sun, an online creative nonfiction journal founded in the TTU English Department

Students may choose other jobs that complement their skills and career goals, as well. Students are normally not paid for their internship work so that they may receive college credit, but many internships can lead to full-time job opportunities.