Consider completing at least one internship before you graduate. Internships allow you to build a file of work samples, learn more about the kinds of work you would like to pursue after graduation, learn how to act like a professional on the job, and network with people who can hire you or help you find a job.
To browse possible internship sites, read guidelines and requirements for completing internships, find contact information, and download a learning agreement, visit the internship page in the undergraduate section of the
English Writing majors have had some great experiences in internships recently. Read about some of them below.English Department website.
"My name is Dalyce Wilson. I am an English Writing major at the University of Pittsburgh. This semester I was hired to intern with the University Communications and External Relations department at Carlow University. At my internship, I wrote news releases about events or prominent people at Carlow University that were sent to newspaper journalists to cover the stories. I also wrote student spotlights, which allowed me to interview prominent Carlow students, alumni, and faculty for stories that were published online and in Carlow Magazine. A lot of my work at the internship allowed me to learn how to use my fiction writing in a professional and informative way. At times I worked closely with my supervisor Drew Wilson to observe the process of taking pictures for printing purposes and how to ask in-depth questions for an interview. Doing research to find out about people affiliated with Carlow University was also a huge part of my internship."
Tyler Pecyna reflects on his internship experiences: "At the start of the semester, I felt concerned about overloading my schedule. My agenda already featured an internship with Pittsburgh Sports Report, an editor position at The Pitt News and 15 credits. Then I received word about an internship opening on the sports copy desk at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which I applied for and received.
"After adjusting my schedule to make all the classes and extracurriculars fit, I settled into a nice groove, in which one aspect seemed to consistently complement another. I not only gained an appreciation for a stricter sense of time management, but also found a way to mend the different angles of this education.
"Improving writing simply comes by reading and writing, so that increased exposure benefited my coursework. The editing, style and reporting tips I picked up through my internships naturally crept into the writing I completed for classes.
"My internship with Pittsburgh Sports Report led me to the PNC Park press box, where I momentarily accomplished a lifelong goal of covering the Pittsburgh Pirates. That opportunity hopefully provided me a glimpse of my future as a sports journalist/beat writer.
"Now as I prepare for the last semester of my college career, I can contently look back at this fall and recognize it as my most productive term to date -- all because I capitalized on nearly every available opportunity to further my development as a writing major."