On 12th July, three LJMU English students on the second year module ‘Working in the USA’ – Isobel Currie, Rupert French and Jessica Rimmer – travelled to New Haven, Connecticut to begin a three week internship project at Southern Connecticut State University. Part-funded by LJMU’s Curriculum Enhancement Project and the International Office, they are going to produce a range of online resources for students considering taking advantage of the ‘transatlantic alliance’ between LJMU and SCSU (or ‘Southern’ as it’s known to its students and staff) that should allow hundreds of students to experience life and study on the opposite Atlantic coast in the next few years.
Alice Ferrebe, the Head of English, who arranged the internships and travelled out with the interns, said, ‘This is a really exciting new development – for LJMU, in its alliance with Southern, and for our long-running “Working in the USA” module. We hope that in the future lots of students who have always dreamed of living in the USA will take this opportunity to study abroad in a great institution in a really unbeatable location. Southern’s campus is beautiful, and New Haven is a great town full of things to do, eat and see, plus both New York and Boston are a day-trip away. The posts that Isobel, Jessica and Rupert produce will give those who are thinking about spending some of their second year abroad a real sense of what SCSU has to offer them. They’re also working on some material for Southern students hoping to study at LJMU, to fill them in on our university and our city.’
LJMU English’s ‘Working in the USA’ module (originally part of the American Studies degree programme) has been running for over twenty years. Those who choose it gain credit for their reflections on their experiences in the US during the summer of their second year. In the past, students on the module have gained work-experience in National Parks, Summer Camps, film companies and American Vogue – the amazing support given to us by SCSU’s International Office, and by colleagues on their English programme, has made Southern another fantastic location for these three students to travel, work and learn abroad.’
Watch out for the launch of the materials that Isobel, Jessica and Rupert come up with later this summer – both on this site, and the University’s Study Abroad pages.