Writing Internship Program

What Is a Writing Internship?

Through the English program’s Writing Internship Program, students work for a semester with major companies and agencies, for which they receive academic credit. Internships are sponsored by the English program in conjunction with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students minoring in writing are encouraged to apply.

What Are the Advantages of Internships?

Practical work experience is a magnet for future employers, so students who pursue internships during their undergraduate years are better prepared to enter the job market after graduation. They have a wonderful opportunity to develop a clear idea of the kind of work they like or don’t like. They gain skills in writing, speaking, working as members of a team, and possibly specialized skills in technical fields. More important, student interns become familiar with the real world of work, and learn about government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses, and they make contact and network with potential employers and professionals in their fields. Some recruiters believe that undertaking an internship during college is the smartest step a student can take toward a first job.

What Are Internships Like?

Internships generally last up to a semester with an average of 10-12 hours of work per week. These are unpaid internships. Student interns are hired as employees and they are expected to comply with company policies and regulations. They should be prepared to accept direction and perform assigned duties willingly and professionally. Taking the initiative and looking for additional responsibilities will enrich an internship immensely.

How Does the Internship Program Work?

After the internship application is approved by the internship program director, the student contacts the company to make arrangements for an interview. After students receive an offer of placement, they work with the English program and the company to develop a proposal of learning objectives. Later, the company sets up formal terms of the internship to be approved by the internship program director.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Students majoring in English or minoring in writing. Applicants must:

  • have minimum grade-point averages of at least 2.6 in their majors,
  • have completed a minimum of 12 hours of English classes (excluding English 122 and English 123) at UNC, and
  • have an academic status of either junior or senior.

How to Apply

Pick up an application form at Ross Hall 1284 or contact one of the Internship Program Directors:

We also encourage those interested in finding internships to subscribe to the ENGINTERN Listserv by sending a message to listserv@listserv.unco.edu with a message of:


When Should Students Apply?

Summer internships are preferred because they don’t interfere with regular classes. Following the internship, a student should have at least one remaining semester of class work to complete before graduation.

Grading/Course Credit

Students prepare a list of learning objectives to be approved by the internship supervisor before the internship begins. During the internship, the student turns in weekly logs, a mid-point evaluation and a final report to the internship program director. At the end of the internship, the supervisor submits an evaluation which is weighed when determining the students final letter grade. Students hired as interns enroll for the internship as an elective. The internship program directors determine how many credits will be awarded, based on the type and level of the internship. The English program may offer assistance for out-of-town internships.

Internship Opportunities

Find a job or internship using Bears Career Connection (BCC).


The CEA Critic: Undergraduate Internships

The goal of the Internships with the CEA Critic journal is to expose students to the workings of an academic journal in the discipline of English. Depending on the number of credit hours involved, these positions may include the following responsibilities:

  • Help manage social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Post Call for Papers
  • Generate ideas for postings
  • Assist with general administrative duties and paperwork, such as preparing and distributing advertising material for the journal
  • Assist in basic editorial work such as proofreading essays

Please contact Dr. Kenneth Chan if interested.

Geist in Fort Collins (PCE, Inc.) is looking for a Marketing Intern with a strong writing and editing emphasis to assist marketing department on assigned projects and tasks. Click here for more information.

The Odyssey, a new, expanding social content platform changing the way stories are told online!

What we do is give college students across the country a chance to have their stories — whether they be funny, sad, insightful, informative, anything — published to a national audience.

We're looking to hire an editor-in-chief (this person is an all-around all-star), a contributing editor, a social media director, and writers from your school.

All students are very eligible for internship credit if desired, but we also have plenty of students who write because this is the best opportunity for them to get their voice out there and to have it heard.

There's room for all types of writing on our platform — from an exposé on the situation in Iran to "25 Reasons Sophomore Year Is The Best!" Working bottom-up and having people write about what they want, how they want, is making us one of the most sought millennial websites in the country.

Students can apply here: http://theodysseyonline.com/apply

Timberlane Farm, 2306 E 1st St, Loveland, Colorado  80537

Timberlane Farm Museum is a working farm museum that preserves the rich farming heritage and family life of the Big Thompson Valley beginning in 1860. Their mission is clear: “Timberlane Farm Museum aspires to preserve the heritage of the Big Thompson Valley beginning in 1860 by educating, enriching and connecting people of all ages and backgrounds through tours, events, exhibits, and community outreach.”

The museum operates thanks to a very small staff and volunteers. There are multiple opportunities for an eager intern to gain first-hand knowledge and experience in activities associated with professions integral to the growing field of museum studies/museology as well as with public relations, marketing, and other writing-centric fields.
Multiple and various opportunities at Timberlane to develop one’s writing skills in modes and genres include the following:

  • Designing informative and content rich labels for display items
  • Developing background materials for visitors
  • Creating materials for self-guided visits
  • Developing social media sites
  • Archiving documents
  • Researching items in the museum’s collections
  • Recording oral history
  • Developing marketing/publicity materials
  • Writing grants

Interns will work in concert with the museum's curator, Teri Johnson, and its manager, Dean Schilling, thus engaging a unique learning experience about all aspects of a working farm museum.

REQUIREMENTS: For 3 credit hours, the intern must commit to 135 hours over 15 weeks (schedule to be determined in concert with UNC and site-based supervisors).

Check out these links for help finding other internship opportunities!