A successful internship is an invaluable way of developing your writing, editing, digital and web design, marketing, grant-writing, and technical skills. By building professional connections with on-site supervisors, companies, and departments, student interns are able to gain experience in the workplace while utilizing their academic abilities.
Typically interns work on-site for 8 to 10 hours per week during the semester or 10 to 12 hours per week during summer session and enroll in ENGL 4/597: Internship in Technical and Professional Writing. This 3-credit hour online course helps student interns deepen their on-site experience through weekly discussion posts, reading tailored to their specific internship placement, and a final report (either oral or written). The English Department Internship Coordinator oversees the online course and will assist students in identifying an internship placement suited to their skills and career goals.
Internship supervisors complete a final evaluation of the intern’s performance. Assessment criteria include punctuality, dependability, self-motivation, cooperation, confidentiality, work ethic, and professionalism. These evaluations are considered in the calculation of the final grade for ENGL 4/597.