Internships in Writing

The School of Communication Writing Internship Program places students in learning environments in which their knowledge and skills are put to practical professional use.

The program strives to offer a variety of internship opportunities which showcase the ability of graduates in our various degree programs to be successful in a multitude of workplace settings.

Further, the job experience and professional contacts resulting from an internship are intended to enhance students' competitiveness in future job searches.

We believe internships should be viewed as an exploratory opportunity for students to learn not only about a particular career path but more about their own talents and skills as well.

Overview of the Internship Program in Writing

BENEFITS OF AN INTERNSHIP

While many different types of internships exist, they all have one thing in common: Internships allow you to extend your learning. They provide experience and practice in a field in which you may be interested or offer a feel for a type of job or even a career you might want. Because internships focus on the individual, both the educational and personal benefits are many.

An internship allows you to work in a field that interests you and to broaden your skills, thus enhancing your resume.  Also, your employment will create a professional base for future networking, and your employer can provide a valuable reference. For some, internships allow for "testing the waters" of careers you may have interest in or may not have thought about before.  You’ll also gain the confidence you need to take on the job market and sharpen the skills to do so.

Overall, an internship will leave you feeling positive about the application of your coursework to a professional field and confident in your abilities. But equally important, an internship offers you a look into yourself, helping you step back and view your interests, skills, and knowledge.  As a result, you come to a self realization of what appeals to you about your major and what you want out of life.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for an internship, you must meet the following two requirements:

  • have successfully completed at least 72 hours of coursework
  • have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.25 in your degree program

It should be noted also that some internships have additional course requirements.

Link to Internship Partners

COURSE CREDIT FOR INTERNSHIPS

You may earn up to three hours of elective credit may be earned for department-approved internships. To receive credit, you must be approved to enroll in WRTG 4385. Following enrollment, you will develop an individual contract in collaboration with the Internship Coordinator and receive credit for its successful completion.

You are also required to complete UCA’s Student Internship Waiver before registering for WRTG 4385: Internship in Writing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION . . .

If you are a potential internship partner in industry, government, or the nonprofit sector, please contact the School of Communication Writing Internship Coordinator, Dr. Kyle Mattson, Thompson 313, by emailing him at  kmattson@uca.edu, or leave a thorough message at 501-450-3338.

Link to information for Prospective Internship Partners

If you are a Writing undergraduate major or minor pursuing a future internship for which you would require academic credit, please make an appointment by email with Dr. Mattson in the semester prior to the planned internship.