Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can apply for the internship program?

  • Majors or minors in a College of Humanities and Social Sciences degree program.
  • Students maintaining a 3.0 GPA in their major, with at least a 2.5 GPA overall.
  • Rising juniors (students who will be juniors during the internship), juniors, and seniors.
  • Students with viable transportation (if necessary).

What is the class like?

  • Students work 120 hours during the semester (10 hours/week for 12 weeks, or 8 hours/week for 16 weeks) at the internship site.
  • ENG 350 meets once per week for a face-to-face seminar.
  • Students are assigned articles on transitioning from school to work; classmates share and reflect on internship experiences.
  • Professionals from a variety of fields come to speak about their careers and the process of finding a job.
  • Students develop job search and workplace skills, refine resumes and cover letters, and create writing portfolios.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Permission of the instructor (internship coordinator) as determined by the results of the application.

How do I get an internship?

  1. Ahead of your ENG 350 application, find an internship position through the Career Development Center (or other job-search site) and get approval from the internship coordinator (if you need assistance, you can always contact the coordinator).
  2. Apply to the internship position.
  3. Once accepted, meet with your employer prior to, or at the beginning of the semester to discuss expectations and to ask questions.

What is the application process for ENG 350?

  • Complete and submit the Application Form.
  • Submit a resume (view examples and access help here).
  • Submit two relevant writing samples (not creative writing samples).
  • Ask two faculty in your major for recommendations. Letters are submitted online via the Recommendation Form.
  • Applications are due by October 31st for spring semester internships.

Does it matter how recent writing samples are?

No - if you're proud of them and think they are good representations of your writing style and skills, use them.

What kind of work would an intern do?

The internship job would focus on work relevant to your major. Much would depend on your interests and experience.

Some common internship duties include:

  • Reporting
  • Designing brochures
  • Creating forms
  • Producing marketing materials
  • Designing museum exhibits
  • Maintaining web sites
  • Editing paper and electronic documents
  • Creating web content
  • Assisting with events
  • Writing press releases
  • Creating press kits
  • Compiling information
  • Conducting research
  • Designing invitations
  • Creating a style manual

What kinds of organizations employ interns?

  • Large and small corporations 
  • Government agencies 
  • Nonprofit organizations

Contact the internship coordinator to discuss what kinds of opportunities might be available to you. 

Why should I consider a second internship?

  • You're not yet sure of what you want to pursue for a career. 
  • You might be considering another field to explore before deciding what you want to do.
  • You want to add more materials to your writing portfolio.