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English 198: The Practicum Class
"Internship in Professional Writing" is a course that offers students an opportunity to secure five quarter units of upper-division P/NP academic credit for on-the-job work experience. Students apply for an internship with the Internship Director and work with the director to establish an appropriate internship experience. The organization of the course varies with the number of students enrolled during any quarter. Regardless of enrollment numbers, the course is organized so that students and the Internship Director can meet regularly to discuss their internship experience and their progress on course assignments due throughout the quarter.
Several English major alums sponsored internships. One was working for a company that delivers software and the documentation to go with it. This alum hired a Santa Clara intern who had a chance to "shadow" a professional at the same time he acquired the kind of practical experience that helped him decide if this is the career for him.
Another alum was a senior partner at a company that began a study "intended to identify business issues and trends influencing communication professionals and their organizations." This alum was looking for interns who could complete literature scans, write summaries of research findings, and provide writing and research support for other assignments.
A third alum was the principal of a new Jesuit middle school for at-risk boys. He used a student intern to help write curricular and policy documents On campus, the Santa Clara Magazine and the California Legacy Center regularly put out calls for interns.
Advantages In addition to earning five upper-division P/NP English credits, an internship offers you the opportunity to apprentice with professional writers in workplace settings and to acquire the invaluable experience of addressing "live" communications problems.
To apply, you need
As soon as you know that you have been hired as an intern, and no later than the first week of the quarter(s) during which you will work in that capacity,
Questions or concerns? Contact Stephen Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 408-554-7087.