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ENGL 493 VCU Student Internship in English
The VCU Department of English encourages students to earn academic credit while gaining experience applying communication skills—such as research, writing, and editing—in non-academic settings. English majors who have successfully completed one or more of the following courses are eligible to apply: ENGL 302 Legal Writing; ENGL 303 Writing in the Workplace; ENGL 304 Advanced Writing; or ENGL/MGMT 327 Business and Technical Report Writing. Students from any department who are completing the Minor in Writing are also encouraged to consider an internship.

ACTIVITIES
Work involving any of the following, or similar, activities would be appropriate for an English Internship:
Newsletters, manuals, arts administration, in-house or trade publications, literary/arts publications, news releases, business writing and editing, advertising, public relations writing, legal writing and editing, technical writing and editing, library or online research, report preparation, or general editing. Many interns have sophisticated computer skills including web design. Ideally, the intern will do research, writing, and/or editing for at least one project that will be published in some fashion, in order to demonstrate his or her professional communication skills.

STRUCTURE
For a three-credit internship:
-10 hours weekly
-14 weeks in coordination with Fall or Spring academic semester,
or the equivalent, e.g., a summer job involving fewer weeks but more hours weekly.
One- or two-credit internships involving fewer hours are also possible.

EMPLOYING AN INTERN
Internships enable the professional community and the university to develop closer ties and to share in the training of young professionals. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and should have a designated supervisor who will sign the internship contract and complete the final evaluation. This person should be prepared to orient the intern to the job and its expectations, to provide work materials and a place to work, and to schedule hours and assign the intern's responsibilities. While internships often involve some tasks such as filing and photocopying, the responsibilities should include enough meaningful work to have solid educational value. The intern's final grade for the internship will be assigned by the faculty coordinator based on the supervisor's written evaluation.

Internship supervisors will submit an evaluation of each student at the end of the internship to Dr. Katherine Nash at ksnash@vcu.edu. If either intern or supervisor has any questions or concerns in the meantime, please use the same address to contact Dr. Nash, who is the director of undergraduate studies in English at VCU.

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