Department of Writing

Kat's Story

Professional Writing majors were not required to have an internship when I switched my Writing emphasis in the winter of 2005. The idea of an internship had crossed my mind at the time, but I was only a freshman and did not give it much thought. A year later I changed my minor from Spanish to Nonprofit Administration. My new minor required an internship. The more I thought about internships, the more I realized I needed to have an internship in my major, not just my minor. I was unsure if I had enough time and credits for an internship, but a quick calculation, including my study abroad credits, led me to discover I needed to take an extra three credits in order to stay a full time student in my senior year. Perfect, I had room for an internship.
I notified the Internship Coordinator of the Writing department that I was looking for an internship. I had no idea how to go about finding one, so I was hoping she had some leads. Shortly thereafter I received an email from her about an internship position in the Padnos International Center (PIC). I could not think of a better place. I loved travel and I had studied abroad the previous summer in Australia. 
Coincidentally, I had been involved in a document redesign project the previous semester for my Introduction to Professional Writing class in which two students and I redesigned a document from the PIC. We took a text-heavy, full page document that informed students how to create a study abroad theme and revised it into an easy to understand, 12-page booklet. 
           
I went to the international center to request additional information on the internship and found out there was no preset intern position. I was required to submit a resume along with a letter detailing what I wanted to do for the PIC. I additionally found out the internship was unpaid, but I already had great ideas and the lack of payment could no longer deter me from the position. I submitted a letter, resume, and a copy of the redesigned booklet. 
           
My intent was to call a week later to find out the status of my application, but four days after I submitted my work I received an email from Mark Schaub offering me an internship. I was ecstatic. I could not believe I was offered an internship the first time I applied for one. The PIC loved the booklet my group made and my first project would be to redesign and rewrite the study abroad theme guide, including integrating 3 additional documents on completing a theme abroad.

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