Employers favor candidates who have some internship or on-the-job experience. The English Department encourages all of our majors to consider completing a professional writing internship during their junior or senior year. All students in the professional writing concentration will to complete at least one internship. The internship may be in any field, with the primary job duties of writing, editing, and designing documents for specific audiences.
Who is eligible:
Juniors and seniors who have taken ENGL 365 or ENGL 366 (Technical Writing), ENGL 462 (Special Projects in Professional Writing), ENGL 472 (Professional Writing), ENGL 473 (Professional Editing), or ENGL 474 (Document Design) and who are in Upper Division are the best candidates for a professional writing internship and are eligible to register for ENGL 463 (Professional Writing Practicum), which awards 3 credit hours for the internship experience.
- In certain cases, if you have not taken any of these courses, but have relevant work experience, you may be able to sign up for internship credit. This is determined by the Internship Coordinator.
How it works:
The Internship Coordinator meets individually with you to discuss your interests and career goals, so that a good match can be made with potential employers. The Internship Coordinator recommends employers to you.
You will apply for the internship positions by submitting a resume, and remain in contact with prospective employers through the interview and eventually to the hire. The more positions you apply for, the better the chances are for securing an internship.
Interns must spend a minimum of 45 hours over the course of the semester doing work associated with the internship (writing, editing, document design, social media posts, etc.).
Some internships are paid, while others are unpaid. Both are valuable experiences.
- During the internship, you will collect the work you have done and compile it into a portfolio. This and a reflective essay are due at the end of the semester in which ENGL 463 is scheduled, usually the same semester in which the internship takes place. (Sometimes a student will complete the internship during the summer, but schedule the course the following Fall.)