University of Dayton Department of English
Writing Internship Guidelines (English 485)
Who is eligible for an internship?
- English majors or minors or non-majors pursuing the Writing
- Minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA in English
- Junior or senior class standing
- Have successfully completed one upper-level professional
writing course: Report & Proposal Writing, Business Writing,
Technical Communication, or Web Writing
Where can students find internship opportunities?
Students may suggest their own workplaces for internships, or they may
request assistance from the Internship Coordinator in obtaining an
internship with a local organization. Internship openings will be
posted to this website on a regular basis.
How do students apply?
At least one semester prior to desired internship, student should fill
out an application containing:
Permission will be granted or denied in writing from the
Coordinator, Nicky Adams. Contact her at 229-3423 or
- A statement of the student's goals in enrolling in the
- Type of experience desired
- Suggested workplace, if known
- Resume at minimum; preferably a professional portfolio
How many hours of credit is an internship worth?
From 1-3 credits, depending on hours worked. 40 hours per 1 credit
What work must a student complete in order to receive credit?
Student, supervising organization, and Internship Coordinator will
agree in writing on the period of internship, time schedule, and
intern’s responsibilities prior to start of the internship. Intern must
work the agreed upon time and complete the designated responsibilities.
University of Dayton:
Student must meet with Internship Coordinator three times during the
semester (before internship begins, midterm week, finals week). By
finals week, student must provide Internship Coordinator with the
following. Credit for the class will not be awarded if all of the
following are not received by the designated dates:
- Internship Journal:
A collection of weekly journal entries of what the student during the
placement. Journal entries should address what the intern is learning
on the job as well as how the job experiences and coworkers are
affecting the intern, positively or negatively.
- Artifact File: A
collection of samples to demonstrate what the intern worked on during
the placement; photocopies are acceptable.
- Student Midterm
Evaluation: Student will answer a brief list of questions at the
midpoint of the internship and meet with supervisor to discuss work to
- Supervisor’s Midterm and
Final Evaluations: Evaluations from the placement supervisor
will serve as supporting documents to confirm what the student presents
in the internship report and artifact file. These evaluations can
assist the English Department in measuring the value of the internship
- An Essay of Assessment: Handed
in at the end of the internship, this essay should discuss how well the
experience met the goals of the internship, the student’s strengths and
What are the responsibilities of the supervising organization?
The organization is expected to
- Delegate duties to the intern in accord with those
stipulated in the initial agreement form that is signed and returned to
the Internship Coordinator;
- Submit mid-term and final evaluations to the Internship
Coordinator addressing intern’s attitude, ability, quality of work,
attendance, and recommendation for credit;
- Maintain contact with the Internship Coordinator during the