The Writing Internship Course (English 4986)

The Writing Internship Course enables both English Literature majors and minors and Writing-Intensive majors and minors to earn three hours of academic credit (“S” or “U”) for "real-world” writing experience. Such internships may be paid or unpaid. Each student is limited to one 3-credit Writing Internship.

Internship Course FAQs

What are the benefits of an internship?

  • Interns gain valuable work experience, networking contacts, job references, and insight into a particular profession.

  • Companies and non-profit organizations employing college interns gain their service, a glimpse into the skills of future members of the workforce, and sometimes a future employee.

What are the requirements for ENGL 4986 credit?

To achieve 3 hours of S/U credit for English 4986, student interns must:

  • Fill out an Internship Contract and a Waiver Form and submit the completed forms to Marquette Hall 115 to get an enrollment permission number.

  • Register for English 4986.

  • Work 8-10 hours per week for 15 weeks (120-150 hours in the summer).

  • Work on writing activities, broadly defined as researching, brainstorming, interviewing, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, etc.

  • In Week #1, check in with your faculty sponsor.

  • Maintain weekly internship journal entries of approximately 1/2 page (single-spaced) per week.

  • At midterm, submit sample writings to the faculty sponsor.

  • At semester’s end, submit to the faculty sponsor a folder containing:(1) a portfolio of all notes, drafts, & final written projects

    (2) a log of days/hours spent working on internship projects

    (3) a journal (approximately 1/2 page single-spaced per week), reflecting on what the internship has taught you about writing (e.g., addressing audience issues, meeting deadlines, achieving a company ethos, etc.)

  • At semester's end, remind the on-site supervisor to mail or fax the Internship Evaluation Form to the faculty sponsor.

How can I set up an ENGL 4986 internship?

Students interested in setting up an internship should consult the following Checklist, which outlines the process step-by-step.

  • Journalism: Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WISN 12, WDJT/CBS 58 News, On Milwaukee Magazine, NTVB Cusom Media
  • Technical Writing: Johnson Controls
  • Arts and Entertainment: Apatow Productions, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, United Performing Arts Fund, Milwaukee Film, Comedy Sportz, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Advertising/Marketing: Hoffman York & Compton, Boelter & Lincoln, Curro, Rankin & Williams, Morgan & Myers, Trusted Media Brands, Inc.
  • Business writing: Robert W. Baird, Wisconsin Trade Center, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, G. Strategies, LLC, Focus Training, Inc., Westown Association, FOCUS Training, Inc.
  • Non-Profit: Keep Milwaukee Beautiful, Easter Seals, IndependenceFirst, Starlight Children's Foundation, American Cancer Society, La Casa de Esperanza, Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Artists Working in Education, Impact Inc., St. Joan Antida High School, WI LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Elmbrook Church, Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation
  • Law: Terschan & Steinle Ltd., Willms Anderson, S.C., Chudnow Law Offices, Milwaukee Justice Center
  • Politics: Milwaukee County Courthouse, City Hall 12th Aldermanic District, Progressive Congress
  • Healthcare: Medical College of Wisconsin, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, The Academy of Healthcare Revenue
  • On-Campus: MU English Department's Newsletter, Ott Memorial Writing Center, Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, Marquette Literary Review, Marquette Intercollegiate Athletic Department, Marquette Office of Marketing and Communication, Marquette Office of International Education, Engineering Department (CubeSat)

What are some possible internship sites I could work at?


Information for Employers and Faculty Sponsors

Checklist of On-site Supervisor Responsibilities

  1. Negotiate terms of the internship with the student.
  2. Sign the contract form.
  3. Give the intern the agreed-upon writing-related assignments (legwork, research, interviews, proofreading, briefing, attendance at meetings or seminars, phone work all may be included in the 8-10 hours per week if they pertain to the writing assignment).
  4. Submit the completed evaluation form to the faculty sponsor by Week 15 for the semester in which the credit is being awarded.

[Note: If at any time you have questions about the student’s performance, feel free to call or email the faculty sponsor.]

Checklist of Faculty Sponsor Responsibilities

  1. Meet with student and brainstorm possible internship placements.
    • Advertising: e.g., Hoffman York & Compton
    • Business writing: e.g., Charles Baird, Wisconsin Trade Center
    • Journalism: e.g., any newspaper/ magazine/radio station
    • Non-profit writing: e.g., Keep Milwaukee Beautiful, Easter SealsPublishing: e.g., textbooks, childrens books, catalogs
    • Technical writing: e.g., Johnson Controls
  2. Sign the completed contract form.

  3. Advise the intern to submit completed forms to the English office for processing.

  4. Check with the intern in his/her first week to make sure the internship is beginning smoothly.

  5. At midterm, evaluate sample writings.

  6. At semesters end, evaluate final folder.

  7. Assign a grade of Sor Ubased on the professional supervisors evaluation formand on your own evaluation of the interns work.

[Note: You are the interns advocate. It is strongly suggested that you speak with the on-site supervisor at least twice during the semester to determine how the internship is progressing.]

Internship Evaluation Form

Additional Information

For more information visit the internship page from Career Services.