Undergraduate students participating in the internship must enroll in the ENC 4940 Internship class. Graduate students earn course credit through ENG 6946. While this class requires some assigned readings as well as periodic meetings with your internship faculty supervisor, your primary responsibilities will involve work-related activities at the sponsor's facilities.
The internship is available to qualified degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students with program and department approval.
The internship is a requirement for all undergraduates enrolled as majors in the Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology program.
The faculty supervisor for your internship will match your
educational background and professional goals to an appropriate
for-profit or non-profit enterprise in the Tampa Bay area. The current
list of internship sponsors includes software developers, advertising
agencies, government contractors, publishers, internal audit and
consulting companies, attorney partnerships, and a variety of
non-profit agencies providing educational and social services.
Required Student Work Hours
Sixteen-week Fall or Spring Semester: 10 to 12 hours per week
Ten-week Summer C Semester: 13 to 16 hours per week
Enrollment is contingent upon the availability of suitable internship sponsors based upon the student's academic and career goals. Students are placed according to specific academic and experiential qualifications, including GPA, courses taken, previous employment history, recommendations, and interviews with the Coordinator of the Internship Program and a representative of the prospective internship sponsor.
Students should consider pursuing the internship sometime during the final year of course studies.
The internship earns 3 semester hours of credit as ENC 4940 and normally may be counted towards your undergraduate degree. Graduate students receive credit through ENG 6946. See a Department of English advisor to discuss your particular degree requirements and anticipated course credit.
The undergraduate internship course may be repeated with approval of the internship coordinator and the department chair.
internship program works with over 90 Tampa Bay companies and
organizations representing a diverse range of commerical and non-profit
activities. The faculty
coordinator normally works with an internship student to identify career goals and helps determine an appropriate sponsor for the student's semester-long internship. If our cohort of present sponsors does not match the student's interests, we endeavor to build a relationship with a local enterprise that can further the student's goals.
Our active internship sponsors include a diverse spectrum of missions, including organizations involved in education, technology, marketing, law, religion, medicine, public safety, communications, sports, social welfare and other significant community efforts.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Cancer Navigators
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Give Kids the World (Orlando)
Giving Foundation for Children
The Home Care Team
It's All about Kids
Journey of Hope
MacDonald Training Center
March of Dimes
S4KF – Success for Kids & Families
West Central Florida Federation of Labor
TRIO Student Support Services (Pasco)
Bisk Education – Online Learning Solutions
Disney College (Orlando)
Friends of the Deaf Literacy Center
Franchise Training Institute
Hillsborough Education Foundation
Lakeland Public Library
Newsome High School
B-Lynk – Software Training
Cubic Simulation Services
DTS Systems – Excavation and Construction Management Software
HSA Engineers and Scientists
Magnetic Web Development
MediaLab 3D Solutions
SAIC – Cybersecurity, Data Analysis, & Cloud Hosting
Vertex Solutions – Computer Training Modules
YSI Integrated Systems – Industrial Water Quality Monitoring
Publishing & Editing
Saw Palm: Florida Literature & Art
Simply Gluten Free Magazine
Sweet Literary Magazine
Tampa Bay Parenting
Advertising, Marketing & Branding
FUSE Media + Marketing
Publix Social Media & Customer Care
Sanchez Arts – Web Design and Branding
Strategic Media – Advertising & Website Optimization
LEVO Health Branding & Marketing
Rank K.O. Reputation Management
The Penny Hoarder
Constance D'Angelis – Attorney & Author
Dade City Law – Jon L. Auvil, Attorney
Hillsborough Public Defender's Office (Julianne M. Holt)
Jason Salgado Law
Thornton, Torrence & Barnett Law
Thorpe & Thorpe
Brazil-Florida Business Council
City of Tampa Social Media Development
Office of the Governor – External Affairs Office
Office of Representative Cathy Castor
Office of Senator Bill Nelson
Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services
State of Florida Department of Revenue
St. James Church
Baycare/St. Joseph's Hospital
Florida Medical Clinic
Magellan Bioscience Group
Moffitt Cancer Center
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Consulting & Time Management
Tampa Department of Human Resources
CAS Communications & Marketing
Center for Migrant Education
Office of Veterans Affairs
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 (Dr. Laura Runge)
The Mailer Review (Dr. Philip Sipiora)
Department of Engineering
Dr. Wilfrido Moreno
Department of English
Advisor's Office (Sarah Wray)
Creative Writing Program (Rita Ciresi)
First-Year Composition Program (Dr. Joe Moxley)
Graduate Certificate Program (Dr. Debora Jacobs)
Internship Program (Dr. Michael Shuman)
The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students (Dr. Heather Sellers)
Public Relations (Dr. Laura Runge)
Speculative Fiction Southeast
The Writing Studio at the University of South Florida
Florida Railroad Museum
Glazer Children's Museum
Al Lopez Baseball Museum
Museum of Science Fiction (Washington DC)
Communications & Entertainment
CW44 TV Station
Gasparilla Film Festival
Heritage Media Group
Infinite Third Productions
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sunscreen Film Festival
Tampa Bay Family Theatre
Tampa Bay Master Chorale
Walt Disney World
Fashion & Apparel
Leblanc Linen Wash
Visionaire (New York City)
City of Tampa Emergency Coordination
Real Estate, Commercial & Construction
Bill Curry Ford
J. Powell Enterprises Realtors
Florida Trail Association
Fort Myers Miracle Baseball Team
Tampa Bay Lightning
United Intentions Foundation
Oh So Classy Events
We're regularly adding new sponsers, and we do our best to ensure that your internship experience prepares you for an engaging and rewarding career.
You should begin the application process well in advance of the semester in which you wish to participate in the internship program. As a general rule, you should complete the first step of this application process by mid-term of the semester immediately proceeding the anticipated semester for your internship experience.
Discuss your completed Internship Application Form
Present a hard-copy of your professional resume
Discuss your academic work to date
Outline your professional career goals
Ask any questions you might have about the ENC 4940 Internship class or the graduate Independent Study class
Here are profiles of a few students who currently are serving as interns with companies and organizations in the Tampa Bay area. The diversity of backgrounds and interests demonstrates the scope of The Department of English Internship Program.
My name is Robert Browning, and I am a former USF student in English Literature that returned two years ago to change my degree to the Professional Writing, Rhetoric & Technology track. After spending over a decade at the same place of employment, I realized that my career path had plateaued; even if I were promoted to the upper levels there, I would still be falling short of my potential. I made the decision to return to college and have spent most of that time driving myself to make the most of the second chance I have been given. I am proud to say that I expect to graduate USF with a 4.0 GPA (fingers crossed) and plan to go to Graduate School to obtain an M.A. in Technical Communication.
While I plan to further establish myself in the world of corporate writing, I would also like to eventually segue into teaching English Literature and Composition online at the university level. Non-traditional students definitely value the flexibility of online courses; I encourage others to confront any failures in his or her life head-on. It is certainly never too late for a fresh start and any mistakes in your past are merely learning opportunities, if you let them be.
My current internship is with Conversa, a new start-up company in the Tampa Bay area. Conversa manages public relations, online media, and documentation needs for a variety of clients. They have already done work for Pfizer, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. It is exciting to get to be a part of this nascent company on the rise, and I welcome the opportunity that the USF English Department Internship program offers. Since my resume shows that I have worked at the same company for nearly a decade and a half, I am eternally grateful for the chance to add a bit more diversity to it!
My name is Shirley Cid. I am a senior seeking a B.A. in Psychology and Professional Writing.
After completing my undergrad degree, I would love to travel to Spain as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. After my year teaching Spanish students and learning about the Spanish education system, I would like to be admitted into either USF's or UF's School Psychology PhD program. Ideally, I will be able to conduct research cross-culturally and find methods that will improve the American education system for all students. It would be amazing if I could work with teachers, helping them construct engaging and empowering classroom curriculums. I would also love to benefit at-risk students as well as the LGBT community with my research.
I want to encourage future Hispanic, first generation, college students to strive towards happiness. I believe that by doing what will make me happy and sharing my story, I can achieve this goal.
My internship consists of working under the guidance of Dr. Moxley, to develop a new website My Campus. This new website will showcase exemplary undergrad writing and be a companion to the Writing Commons one.
My name is Paola Rivera. I am a senior pursuing a B.A. in English Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology and minors in Women and Gender Studies and Environmental Science.
After graduation I plan to begin working for a publishing, marketing, or graphic design company as a technical writer or graphics designer. Once I have acquired sufficient experience I would love to return to the university culture and pursue an M.A. in Women and Gender Studies. My goal is to become a professor in the field of English, Women and Gender Studies, or Interdisciplinary Sciences.
My internship is being sponsored by Bisk Education. Bisk Education is a developer of learning management systems for various universities in the United States. At Bisk I work as a technical writing intern drawing up documents that are consistent with company policy and that facilitate communication among different production groups within the company.
I am Donna Walker, a senior pursing a B.A. in Creative Writing. After completing my undergraduate degree, I would like to attend The Denver Institute of Editing. As current Managing Editor for thread, USF's undergraduate literary journal, I like working with a team to produce a collection of excellent writing. After attending The Denver Institute, I hope to be accepted into USF's MFA program to specialize in Creative Non-Fiction. I am fascinated by how my own experiences shapes the way I view the world. By recording true events happening in our world and then exploring meaning through words, I believe I join in a long line of writers recording history in unique, creative forms. My long term goal is to become a full time writer.
My internship consists of working under the direction of Dr. Sellers at Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Arts, USF's graduate literary journal. I explore new ways to increase subscriptions to Saw Palm through innovative ideas as well as contacting key audiences to increase its subscription base.
The Society for Technical Communication is the premiere organization promoting professional practices and opportunities for students and current communicators in the field. Some examples of people within the technical communication field are: content developers, documentation specialists, indexers, information architects, information designers, instructional designers, researchers, teachers, technical illustrators, technical writers and editors, translators, usability and human factors professionals, visual designers, and Web designers and developers.
Suncoast Chapter of the STC provides resources and networking opportunities for students and professionals in the Tampa Bay area.
USF Student Society for Technical Communication endevors to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of technical communication among members of the USF community.
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Association for Business Communication (ABC) is
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