ENGL 4600: Writing Internship

About ENGL 4600

English 4600, the Writing Internship course, provides course credit for serving an organization in a writing capacity. Activities must primarily include writing and writing-related activities such as planning, research, information gathering, social media and other forms of communications, or coorporate writing such as memos, letters, reports, promotional and feature articles. Full details are below, and you may also contact English Internship Director Dr. Bryanna Licciardi with questions or when you're ready to enroll.

Eligibility Requirements 

ENGL 4600 is an available opportunity for students who meet the following criteria:

  • English major, English minor, or Writing minor
  • Course fulfills a degree requirement for the major, minor, or elective credit
  • Junior or Senior status
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • B or higher in upper division writing courses (ENGL 3510, 3620, etc.). This requirement can be waived on the basis of a writing sample or with a professor's written recommendation.

Internship positions must meet the following criteria to be considered for ENGL 4600:

  • 120 contact hours 
  • Activities that primarily include writing and writing-related activities such as planning, research, information gathering, social media and other forms of communications, or corporate writing such as memos, letters, reports, promotional and feature articles

Repeat credit is an option for ENGL 4600:

  • Students may enroll in the course more than once with permission from the Internship Director.
  • Determination is based on longer standing internship roles, as well as on internships for more than one organization.

How to Obtain an Internship

Students are responsible for obtaining their internship position. This can be done in one of two ways:

  • The student obtains employment in a position that qualifies for course credit.
  • The student contacts an organization seeking to hire interns and applies with them directly.

To help you locate internship opportunties and understand how to navigate the search safely, we've created several resource pages for you: 

Course Registration Process

Once you've secured an internship, your next step is to get help registering for ENGL 4600. To request permission to register, students will email the Internship Director Dr. Bryanna Licciardi with all of the following information:

  1. Your full name (and preferred name if different)
  2. Your Student M#
  3. The organization name, a summary of your responsibilties, and anticipated schedule (e.g., start/end timeframe, 5 hours/week)
  4. Forwarded confirmation from your advisor that 4600 meets your degree requirements
  5. The organization supervisor's name, title, and email address

Upon receiving the above information, the Internship Director will email the workplace supervisor to confirm the student’s activities and schedule. Then the Director will initiate the registration permission request with our English Deparment for the student to enroll. 

Important to Note
  • Internships do not have to correspond with MTSU semester schedules. If an internship extends into a new semester, the student can receive an Incomplete in the course until the internship is completed.
  • After completion of the contact hours, the Internship Director may contact the workplace supervisor to confirm satisfactory completion of the internship.

Course Fulfillment Requirements

To earn course credit, the intern will fulfill work obligations and complete all of the assigned tasks within the asynchronous D2L course. Tasks include biweekly reflective discussions, a portfolio of work, and a final paper.  

Course credit is Pass/Fail. The Fail grade will be assigned if reports and other writing assignments are inadequate/not completed, the workplace supervisor provides an unsatisfactory report, or the student fails to complete the internship.

CLA Internship Consultation

Beyond English department assistance, you may also seek consultation to learn more about internships and what they can do for you and your future with the College of Liberal Arts's Internship Advisor, Don Srisuriyo.

To schedule a consultation with Don, log in to SSC Campus with your PipelineMT credentials. Select "Get Advising" (blue button on right side of screen) → Select "College of Liberal Arts" → Select "Internship Consultation" → Select "College of Liberal Arts" → Select "Don Srisuriyo" → Make and confirm your appointment time. Be sure to include a description of what you would like to talk about in the comment box.