For Students

The Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) major is focused on connecting classroom learning to professional workplace experiences so that students gain real-world experience in various related fields, including editing, writing for publication, technical writing, and web design. As a result, as part of their coursework, all PWR majors complete one internship for course credit (English 4377), typically during their junior or senior years after completing core courses in the major. Students are not required to register for ENG 4377 to complete an internship. In fact, PWR students are encouraged to complete more than one internship, and many students end up completing three or more high-value internships before they graduate. Students often intern with publishing companies, nonprofits, hospitals, universities, corporations, and state and federal government officials. Completing an internship benefits PWR majors by instilling in them important workplace literacies, skills, and values and by preparing them to work in a professional setting.

To receive course credit, students will intern in the fall or summer semesters.

  • In the fall, students are required to complete 120 hours of work and meet in person for class. Internships during the semester take place in Waco and other communities in Central Texas.
  • In the summer, students complete 150 hours of work at the internship site and take the course online. Students are required to find and secure their own internship and are encouraged to apply early to get the kind of high-profile internship they want.

Students are required to find and secure their own internship. You should have a current resume and samples of your work to take to an interview. If you are enrolled in ENG 4377, you will need to complete the "Internship Agreement Form" and submit it to the supervising professor in order to get it approved. The primary guideline for the PWR internship is that the position be focused on writing. Writing, of course, includes a host of other activities, such as editing, revision, research, publishing, web design, graphic design, marketing, social media, public relations, and design.


Interested in Having a Writing Intern? If you are a local organization or business in need of a writing intern, we would love to discuss the details of our program with you and to add you to our list. Please contact Dr. Mike DePalma, PWR Coordinator or click here for more information.