Department of Writing
WRT 490 Writing Internship Guide
What is a Writing Internship (WRT 490)?
WRT 490, Writing Internship, is a supervised work experience in an area of a student's potential career interest. It is usually initiated by the student who plans the work experience with the internship coordinator to supervise the internship and the supervisor at the worksite. Credit is awarded only when the student, the internship coordinator, and the work supervisor, have completed evaluations of the internship.
- Apply course concepts to workplace communication problems
- Try out a career option
- Gain practical work experience in a real-world workplace
- Build self-confidence and gain a competitive edge
- Network with professionals in your field
- Build a professional portfolio
- Obtain work references
- Endorses your internship experience as one related to your major
- Counts as a requirement, for professional writing students, or elective, for creative writing students, toward your major (thereby reducing the number of credits you’ll need to complete)
- Offers timely suggestions and guidance for problems and issues you might encounter at your worksite
- Smoothes your transition process from school to the workplace in a nurturing and supportive environment where you work with other writing interns and a faculty advisor
- Provides career consultations and refine your job application documents and interview skills through workshops
- Helps you develop a professional identity as an emerging professional writer ready to initiate changes in and add value to your future organizations
- Field Hour Requirements —50%
- Academic Requirements —50%
- Be a major or minor in writing
- Be at least a junior
- Have a 2.75 cumulative GPA minimum, OR approval of the internship coordinator
- Have taken at least four courses from this list: WRT 200, WRT 210, WRT 219, WRT 251, WRT 350, WRT 351, and WRT 360
- Your internship must be at least 50% writing or editing.
- Your onsite supervisor should be able to provide professional guidance in your specialized area for internship projects.
- Plan early. The search for an internship may take months, so it is important to start looking and working on it in advance.
- Schedule a meeting with the internship coordinator to discuss your background and career interests and set up an action plan. You should try to set up the meeting at least three months prior to the beginning of the semester in which you wish to do the internship to allow time to find a site that meets your needs and interests.
- Join the Writing Job & Internship Listserv to receive email announcements on a regular basis. To sign up, please send an email to the internship coordinator.
- Sign up for the department internship workshops. Every semester a series of internship workshops will be offered to all writing students. Topics include searching for writing internships, resume critiques, and professional networking.
- Sign up for the career counseling workshops offered by the Career Services (206 STU). You can find out the event information at this website: http://www.gvsu.edu/careers/
- Get your resume and cover letter reviewed and critiqued by the internship coordinator, Writing Center, or Career Services.
- Register an account at the website of LakerJobs, GVSU's full-service web-based employment system. You will be able to find a lot of internship information there.
- Network with local professional writers by attending monthly STC (Society for Technical Communication) chapter meetings. Two students will be sponsored every time. Event information can be found at this website: http://www.wms-stc.org/.
- Contact students who did internships before to ask for referrals for internship sites. A list of internship locations is available in the Writing Department office. Some previous internship locations include the Red Cross of West Central Michigan, Zondervan Publishing, the Humane Society of Kent County, and The Grand Rapids Children's Museum.
Page last modified February 14, 2012