Sports Illustrated co-op

Spend a semester in New York working at Sports Illustrated, for credit, in a paid internship position!

English majors at Villanova have the rare opportunity to be chosen to be part of a co-op involving research, some writing, and the opportunity to learn from highly respected professionals in the magazine business.  Each semester, one junior or senior English major will be selected for this program.  The intern will receive 9 credits for successfully completing the co-op (including writing a final report), and will also take a distance-learning journalism course for 3 more credits.

To apply to do the co-op in Spring 2016, e-mail the following to Dr. Evan Radcliffe (

  • a letter of application, highlighting your skills and experience in writing and doing research;
  • a résumé
  • two or three samples of your writing, which can include academic papers and published writing, whether in print or online (at least one published piece is recommended, though it is not required);
  • two brief letters of recommendations from faculty or supervisors who know you and your work well.  They should send letters to Dr. Radcliffe (see above).

We will also review your transcript, but you do not need to send it.  The deadline for applications for the Spring 2016 semester is Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  You may also submit your application in hard copy to the English department.

Students for the program will be selected based on their aptitude in writing and editing and their potential for success in the co-op.  Work done in English courses on Sports Writing, Journalism, Magazine Writing, and Technical Editing is particularly useful evidence.

Villanova is one of only three colleges in the country with this kind of arrangement with Sports Illustrated.  We have Villanova English major alumnus Jim Gorant, class of 1989, to thank.  Mr. Gorant is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated and the author of four books.  His 20-year career in the magazine industry has included stints on staff at several magazines, and his freelance writing has appeared in more than three dozen publications.

For further information, contact Dr. Radcliffe.