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.
The new curriculum requires that all writing majors complete a three-credit internship and enroll in WRT 490. WRT 490 is offered in the fall and winter semesters and meets for fifty minutes per week; it is offered online during the spring/summer session. All writing internships must be completed during the same semester you enroll for the course.
Each student is responsible for finding an internship, but the department will help in the effort. Since internships are learning experiences, they may be unpaid; but since the intern will do actual work, some organizations do offer stipends and other forms of reimbursement. An internship scholarship may also be available through the Career Center.
By taking WRT 490, you not only get work experiences for your resume but also earn academic credits on your transcript under the guidance of a faculty advisor who helps you reflect on these experiences and prepare for future job searches.
A writing internship helps students to:
You may work as an intern at a worksite without taking the academic internship course (WRT 490); however, an academic writing internship is highly recommended as it has these added values:
You must meet both field hour and academic requirements to receive academic credit toward completing the major.
As a rough guide, you are expected to spend 45 field hours per semester in the internship and supporting academic work for each credit awarded. For a three-credit internship, it will be 135 hours a semester (e.g., 10 hrs/week x 14 weeks = 140 hrs). Credit is awarded only when the student, the internship coordinator, and the work supervisor have completed evaluations of the internship, including the organization’s evaluation administered by the Career Center.
For a three-credit internship course, you need to attend a weekly 50-minute seminar and complete course work, including reading reflections, work reports, final report, internship digital portfolio, and other assignments that will help you better understand your internship experience.
Final grades (A, B, C, D, and F) are given based on the evaluations of your fieldwork and the quality of your academic participation. A sample WRT 490 syllabus is available in the Writing Department office.
To get your writing internship approved, you must meet the following criteria:
You need to get your internship approved by the internship coordinator before you register for WRT 490. Please schedule a meeting with the internship coordinator right after you are offered the internship position to discuss the nature of the job, possible learning and training experiences you will obtain at the worksite, and how many credits you want to get awarded (a three-credit internship will require your attendance and participation in a weekly seminar).
Tip: You should plan for this early as it takes time to complete paperwork from different parties, and you don't want to miss the deadline of registering for the course.
Writing Department Coordinator