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PWR students are required to find and secure a professional writing internship for course credit for English 4377: Writing Internship. The internship can focus on writing, editing, research, publishing, web design, graphic design, marketing, public relations, social media, communications, and/or design. The following is a list of local internship sites where PWR majors have interned in the past. Please note that your internship does not have to come from this list.

Local organizations! If you are interested in partnering with PWR to host a professional writing intern, please contact Dr. Mike DePalma, Coordinator of Professional Writing and Rhetoric, at michael-john_depalma@baylor.edu or by phone at (254)710-7400. You may also visit this page for additional information. 

BAYLOR ORGANIZATIONS 

Baylor Athletic Communications: Writing Intern.

Baylor Bear Foundation: Sports Writing Intern. Contact: Jerry Hill, Director of Communications or (254)710-2582. The Baylor Bear Foundation’s purpose is to provide scholarship funds for Baylor's student-athletes and to support and promote the interest and welfare of Baylor Athletics. As the primary fund raising organization for Baylor Athletics, the Bear Foundation supports all 19 Baylor sports.

Baylor College of Arts and Sciences: Marketing and Communications Intern. Contact: Randy Fiedler, Director of Marketing and Communications. The student will assist the Director of Marketing and Communications in the College of Arts & Sciences in researching and writing stories for use as electronic news releases, for posting on social media platforms and for print in Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine. Intern should have the following personal qualities: News and feature writing ability, interpersonal skills, creativity, self-motivation, ability to finish work within deadlines and without large amounts of supervision, and willingness to run occasional errands on campus. Required skills include Word and a working knowledge of Facebook and Twitter. A working knowledge of Photoshop, WordPress and SLR photography a plus. Please submit recent writing samples, including both hard news and feature stories, as well as any photographic work if available.

Baylor Law: Professional Writing Intern. Contact: Ed Nelson, Director of Marketing and Communications. Intern will write articles and/or news stories for various printed and digital Baylor Law platforms, including the Baylor Law alumni magazine Docket Call, the Baylor Law website, and the electronic newsletter Rocket Docket. This internship is unpaid.

Baylor Marketing and Communications: Writing Intern. Contact: Melissa Perry. Internship positions are filled in the spring, and students should only make contact once the call for internship applications has gone out (which occurs in late spring). Interns must commit to working both summer sessions or for both semesters (fall/spring). This internship position is paid.

Baylor University Press: Editing and Publishing Intern. Contact: Karla Garrett. Karla will arrange an interview with Dr. Newman. If you are interested in learning about publishing from the business side, consider talking to BU Press. You work on promoting books, communicating with authors, and writing copy to help sell the books. Another benefit: the head of BU Press, Dr. Newman, is widely known and respected in major publishing circles.

Diana R. Garland School of Social Work: Marketing Communications Intern. Contact: Nikki Wilmoth, Director of Marketing and Communication.

University Libraries Office of Marketing & Communications: Writing Intern. Contact: Carl Flynn, Director of Marketing and Communications for Information Technology and University Libraries.

For information on other on-campus internship possibilities and to apply, contact the Office of Career and Professional Development.

OFF-CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS

Act Locally Waco: Writing/Journalism Intern. Contact: Ashley Thornton. Be a part of Waco greatness! ALW is looking for an intern with lots of initiative who loves Waco. Job responsibilities will include: Major responsibility for producing the weekly Act Locally Waco Friday Update on-line newsletter; Maintaining Facebook presence; Launching and developing Twitter presence; and other duties as imagined.!  Interested? This internship is unpaid.

American Red Cross—Heart of Texas: Communications and Social Media Intern. Contact: Mark Felton, Executive Director, (254) 523-4985.

Antioch Community Church: Communications Intern. Contact: Kendra Pulliam, Communications Director. Interns will work in the Communications Department. Someone who is creative, likes working with and relying on a team, likes people, and has a good sense of humor would really enjoy this internship.

Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center: Marketing Intern. Marketing/Public Relations Department, (254) 202-4300.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Waco: Grant Writing Intern. Contact: April Rosier, Chief Executive Officer, Phone: (254) 752-6443. One of BGCW's biggest goals in 2018 is to take advantage of more grant opportunities to aid us in serving more children in our community. We aim to apply for grants that will give us an opportunity to implement new programs, improve our facilities, increase transportation, and most importantly, serve more kids. Grants are available through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as through national and local organizations. Our mission at BGCW is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We have the opportunity to change so many lives right here in Waco, Texas. Our goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to increase our membership numbers by 50%, and more funding will help make this dream more of a reality. We have plans to implement more education programs, health/fitness programs, and leadership/character programs in order to help our youths become the best all-around people they can be. While our intern's main concentration will be grant writing, there are numerous other areas we can utilize him/her. We're revamping our social media, marketing strategies, fundraising approach, and working hard to make meaningful relationships in the community.

Downtown Development Corporation: Writing Intern.

Dwyer Group: Communications/PR Intern or Marketing Intern. Apply online using this link. The Dwyer Group’s Internship Program is a unique, comprehensive experience and is seeking highly motivated, qualified candidates for this challenging and beneficial program. Each intern will rotate through all four disciplines in their field of study.

  • For PR/Communications, interns will spend time focused on Public Relations, Internal Corporate Communications, Social Media, and Corporate Writing and Editing.
  • For Marketing, interns will spend time on Digital Marketing, Direct Mail, Email Marketing and Customer Retention; Grass roots Marketing, and Data analysis and reporting.  

Good Neighbor House: Media/Public Relations Intern. Contact: Dr. Laine Scales, Founder.

Heart of Texas Council of Governments: Marketing Intern. Contact: Information or (254) 292-1800. You will be researching, writing research summaries, and assisting with marketing projects geared toward economic development and an entrepreneur training program for the Heart of Texas region (Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan Counties). The intern will work in a professional, local government-oriented environment, build a portfolio of written products, and work on marketing and recruiting. This internship is paid.

Humane Society of Central Texas: Writing Intern. Contact: Elizabeth Walker. Visit this page for more detail on internships.

INNOVATiON: Marketing Intern. Contact: Megan Gilmorem. Interns will be part of client work, client presentations, event planning, TV production, copywriting, public relations, media buying, creative sessions, marketing research and analysis, and writing. You must apply for this internship early. They have already filled all their spring spots and are currently interviewing for summer interns.

L-3 Communications: Technical Writing Internship.

RAM Aircraft: Technical Writing Intern. Contact: Brian Adamik, President & CEO, 254.752.8381. Interns will support the marketing department with technical writing and proofing for all types of media.

Restoration Haven: Writing Intern. Contact: Professor Shirley Langston.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: Writing Intern. Contact: Ms. Susan Copeland, (254) 299-8766.Hours of Operation: M-F, 8-5 (weekend and evening opportunities possible). RSVP, located at McLennan Community College, is one of the largest volunteer programs in the nation. RSVP recruits,manages and supports senior adult volunteers over age 55 in service to non profit and health related organization where they to help hospitals, schools, police departments, Meals on Wheels, food banks, crisis center and a long list of other community organizations that make an impact in our community. A student intern would work directly with the RSVP staff and will write news articles, work directly with the media, develop outreach information, construct grants, create and implement large events or generate trainings, conduct interviews, produce brochures, printed materials, and power point/video presentations, or many other possibilities. The student will have direct access to local, state and federal elected officials, media at several levels, local and state sponsored organizations and many other opportunities to build relationships and contacts. A student intern will be brought into the program as a team member with the expectation and understanding that this will be a learning and supportive environment that will help build their portfolio.

Seeds Publishers: Professional Writing Intern. Contact: Katie Cook, editor, (254)755-7745. At Seeds, you will get a wide range of experiences with writing and publishing in print and digital media. You will also contribute to some or all of their publications: Hunger News & Hope, Baptist PeacemakerSacred Seasons, and the Caritas Newsletter. You will proofread, compile news and resources, and research important issues of hunger, poverty, and peace. You will write at least one feature story, as well as at least one resource review or resource compilation. You will also assist with layout and design and help maintain their web site and Facebook pages. This internship is located on Baylor’s campus and is perfect for students needing something close.

Talitha Koum Institute: Professional Writing Intern. Contact: Susan Cowley. Good internship for those interested in children and family issues. Prospective internship candidate should have strong collaborative and interpersonal skills, take initiative, and have a strong work ethic. Interns will gain hands-on experience and mentorship from TKI Executive Director, Susan Cowley, 35-year owner of The Cowley Group marketing firm. Types of writing projects include copy (text) for TKI's website, creative writing for Hottest Ticket in Town events, direct mail, donor appeals, monthly thank you letters, “Brain Trust” updates on specific children following teacher interviews, newsletters, technical writing for handbooks/procedures, grantwriting, social media, document design, and funding research. Talitha Koum Institute is a Waco-based, Christian non-profit that partners with families living in the chaos of deep poverty to raise trauma-affected children to become intellectually capable, emotionally resilient and prepared to be contributing members of the community. An all-day program of neurologically-effective, therapeutic intervention is provided on-site at 1311 Clay Avenue and through our K-Ready Kids class at J. H. Hines Elementary School. To apply, send by email a cover letter, resume, and two samples of your writing.

Unbound: Communications Intern. Contact: Natalie Garnett. UnBound is seeking a passionate, hardworking communications intern with strong writing skills. This position provides first-hand experience fighting human trafficking by playing a key role in UnBound Waco and interacting with UnBound chapters around the world. Reporting directly to UnBound’s Assistant National Director, the intern will have access to the internal structure of a high-impact, grassroots organization and will gain valuable experience acting as a professional within the community. Interns will manage social media, create and update website content, manage, write, and edit the blog, write news releases, and write grant proposals, amongst other things. UnBound is an international network mobilizing the Church and activating local communities to fight human trafficking through prevention, professional training and survivor advocacy. UnBound Waco is a ministry of Antioch Community Church. Applicants must be attendees of Antioch in order to be considered. To apply, send by email a cover letter, resume (please include two references: one professional/academic and one personal), and at least one writing sample.

Wacoan Waco's Magazine: Editorial Intern. Contact: Michelle Johnson, Executive Editor, (254)772-5540, ext. 109.

Waco Foundation: Marketing Intern. The Waco Foundation is a charitable organization that provides grants and other services in McLennan County. The intern supports the Director of Communication and Donor Services. Visit their internship page for up-to-date information.

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District: Writing Coordinator. Contact: Margo Shanks, Health Services Coordinator, 254-750-5481.

World Hunger Relief: Writing Intern. Send cover letter and resume to: jobs@worldhungerrelief.org.