Writing Internships 

ENGL 4600 Writing Internship Information

 

Criteria

ENGL 4600 Writing Internship is available for students who meet the following criteria:

  • English major or minor, writing minor
  • Course fulfills a distribution requirement for the major, minor, or elective credit
  • Junior or Senior status
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • B or higher in upper division writing course (ENGL 3510, 3620, etc.) May be waived on the basis of a writing sample or professor recommendation.

Internship credit is available for positions that involve:

  • 120 contact hours
  • Activities that primarily include writing and writing-related activities such as research, information gathering, and communications

Course Credit

Students may enroll in up to 3 ENGL4600 courses over three semester periods with permission from the Internship Director, based on continued diversity of learning opportunities. These courses may also involve internships with more than one company or organization.

Obtaining an Internship

Internships can be obtained in two ways:

  • The student obtains employment in a position that qualifies for course credit.
  • The Internship Director sends inquiries from companies who want to hire interns to email listservs for English majors and minors and writing minors. Students contact the employers and apply.

Enrollment Process

To enroll in ENGL 4600, students contact the Internship Director with the following information:

  •  Name and MTSU ID#
  • Activities and schedule
  • Confirmation from advisor that course meets major or minor distribution requirements
  • Name and contact number of the workplace supervisor

The Internship Director emails the workplace supervisor to confirm the student’s activities and schedule, and then provides permission for the student to enroll. The student then enrolls in the course for the semester. Internships do not have to correspond to semester schedules. If an internship extends into a new semester, the student receives an Incomplete on the transcript until the internship is completed.

Course Requirements

During the internship, the intern completes 3 reports on specified aspects of the writing experience, submits a portfolio of writing samples completed at the internship, and submits a structured final reflection paper.

After completion of the contact hours, the Internship Director contacts the workplace supervisor to confirm satisfactory completion of the internship.

Course credit is pass or fail, with the fail grade being assigned when reports and other writing assignments are inadequate, the workplace supervisor provides an unsatisfactory report, or the student fails to complete the internship.