By Lilibeth Garcia

For many undergraduate scholars, touchdown a job at a Silicon Valley startup immediately submit-commencement is the dream, however for alumna Sherissa Go (’21), it’s exactity. Employed at SkyHive, A quantity one Computer software agency in Silicon Valley, she presently works with engineers, gross sales directors and advertising handlers to promote synthetic-ininformigence know-how to Fortune 500 corporations. Regardless of being Inside the tech capital of the world, Go Did not primary in pc science or engineering – she primaryed in English.

One key alternative set her on this trajectory: a paid internship organized by UCI’s Departmalest of English.

Go is Definitely one of many English and literary journalism primarys who spent their UCI yrs placing their writing expertise to apply with tasks collectively with: investigating COVID vaccine hesitancy Inside the Vietnamese American group, scouring newspaper archives to study extra A few trio of California-based mostly German spies all by way of World Wrestle I, crafting and executing a Tik Tok method, and writing articles Regarding the California jail system for a non-revenue.

College students in UCI’s English departmalest, Which inagencys primarys in English and literary journalism, can Make the most of fellowships and internships that place them “in The exact world” properly earlier than they graduate, permitting them To reinforce their resumes and get a head start on their professions. Literary journalism primarys can apply for a UCI Center for Storyinforming fellowship, which places them aprolongedside award-revenueable school who Might assist them good their tales, and English primarys can take part Inside the English Internship Program, which introduces them to The numerous bstudyth of jobs out tright here in communications and advertising.

Experiential studying alternatives are made potential by way of the generosity of donors and assisters, A pair of of whom have been as quickly as UCI English scholars themselves.

Progress by way of 1:1 malestorship

The middle for Storyinforming, which educates The general public on narrative nonfiction writing, is the brainchild of Literary Journalism Program Director Barry Siegel, who now additionally serves As a Outcome of the center’s director. UCI English alumna and prolongedtime Faculty of Humanities champion LaVonne Smith (’94), who accomplished her diploma at 50 yrs previous after a 25-yr hiatus of world touring and elevating a househprevious, currentd the seed funding to launch the center.

“The expertise exceeded all expectations. The extent of discourse, extreme quality of staff And particular personal consideration made for The proper studying environment for me. I wrote my story,” she says. “To assist The varsity of Humanities So as that completely different scholars might have The prospect To write dpersonal their tales and expertise The particular personal developth I did turned my charitable focus.”

In the spring of 2019, the Literary Journalism Program secured a $10,000 donation from Smith to fund a Storyinforming Lab, wright here anyone with one factor to say can discover assist saying it.

Smith, Together with UCI Board of Trustees member …….