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Wordsworth Trust

Winter: January–April 2023
Spring–Summer: May–August 2023
Fall: September–December 2023

Applications accepted year-round

The Wordsworth Trust, one of the premiere literary heritage sites in the UK, offers 14-week unpaid internships to four BYU undergraduates per year in the picturesque Lake District village of Grasmere. The Trust’s properties include Dove Cottage, the home where William and Dorothy Wordsworth wrote many of their most famous works; the Jerwood Centre, a research library with an unrivaled collection of manuscripts, rare books, and landscape art related to the Wordsworths, their period, and the region; the recently redesigned Wordsworth Museum; and adjacent visitor sites.

Rotating among various assignments, interns work with library collections, manage research projects, lead tours, and help staff the museum and gift shop. In their free time, they socialize with other interns and trainees (many of whom are recent college graduates from the UK), explore the Lake District, and complete BYU coursework. These varied experiences allow student interns to acquire expertise in Romantic-era literature, history, and culture; transferable skills working in museum, archival, and heritage settings; and 12 hours of academic credit, 6 of which can count toward the English major.

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Paul Westover
4149 JFSB
(801) 422-3048


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Interns receive 12 academic credits, which during Spring-Summer post as 6 hours per term. English majors generally earn:

ENGL 399R – Academic Internship (9 credit hours, 3 of which fulfill the major’s English+ requirement)
*This course is required to receive funding from the Department of Humanities.

ENGL 300R – British Literature in a Cultural Setting (3 credit hours)

Other course combinations (e.g., ENGL 384R) are possible according to individual needs.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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$3,200 (approx.)

Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for grads and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing at the Trust, international health insurance, and processing fees for a UK visa.

Does not include airfare, other travel expenses, meals, or personal expenses. With these additional costs, students generally spend approximately $6,000–7,000 total (before scholarships, stipends, and other forms of financial aid are applied).
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

English majors and others with a major in the College of Humanities qualify for experiential education stipends of $1,500–2,500 depending on financial need ( Interns sponsored by the library receive a $2,000 HBLL scholarship and may apply for additional funding through their department or college.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Students are required to take the following prerequisite course prior to departure:

HCOLL 396R—Internship Preparation

Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour).

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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As part of the program cost, BYU students live in a private, furnished bedroom in an on-site house at the Trust. Internet and utilities are included, and students share a bathroom, kitchen, and commons area with other interns.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Positions are filled up to a year advance as qualified and committed applicants come forward. Since there are no set deadlines, interested students should contact Paul Westover well in advance of when they would prefer to intern. After meeting with Paul Westover, promising candidates will be asked to submit an application consisting of three items:
  • A professional CV (or résumé)
  • Contact info for two professors (preferably in literature or related fields) and at least one former employer
  • A letter of application addressed to the Wordsworth Trust
After receiving applications, the Wordsworth Trust generally arranges Skype interviews with qualified candidates.

Complete the online application here only after receiving an offer from the Wordsworth Trust. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Paul Westover, a professor of British Romanticism in the College of Humanities, will work closely with all interns, both English majors and HBLL employees.

4149 JFSB
(801) 422-3048
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.