Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse

Professional Internships

Internships provide invaluable work experience and will give you an important advantage in your job search. Your internship experience can also earn you academic credit.

To qualify for course credit, internships must:

  • introduce the student to a new workplace environment
  • include significant writing and/or digital production tasks appropriate to your course of study
  • align with the timeframe of the quarter

View current internship opportunities on the WRD Blog.

Internship Process

To receive course credit for an internship:

1. Complete the professional internship interest survey.
Click here to complete the survey. The survey will communicate your interest to the WRD Internship Coordinator and give her some information about you.

2. Meet with the Internship Coordinator.
After you submit your survey, the Internship Coordinator will contact you to set up a meeting to give you an overview of the internship program and discuss your interests and background.

3. Explore internship opportunities. Next, you will find an internship opportunity that will allow you to develop your skills in a substantive way. You may choose to use DePaul resources like the Career Center, or you may find an opportunity through your own research and contacts. The Internship Coordinator will offer support in locating and applying for relevant opportunities.

4. Complete the internship agreement forms.
Once you have secured an internship, the Internship Coordinator will send your internship provider the paperwork necessary to formalize the agreement. You will fill out the relevant forms with your internship provider and return them to the Internship Coordinator for approval.

5. Register for course credit.
When the necessary paperwork has been signed and approved, you will register for academic credit. You should register no later than the end of the first week of the quarter in which you wish to receive academic credit for the internship.

Registration procedures differ slightly, depending on your academic unit and intended degree:

  • Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) should register for WRD 398 using the online Independent Study registration system

  • MA in New Media Studies students should register for NMS 506 using the online Independent Study registration system.

  • MA in WRD students should register for WRD 590 (Internship in Professional/Technical Writing) or WRD 591 (Internship in Teaching Writing and Language) using the online Independent Study registration system.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students from colleges other than LAS that wish to pursue an internship in WRD should consult with the Internship Coordinator.

        Internships taken for WRD course credit do not count towards the JYEL requirement.

        6. Work at least 10 hours per week for 10 weeks at your internship site.
        During the quarter, you will perform the activities and complete the projects you identified in your internship agreement form with your internship provider. To qualify for course credit, your internship should add up to at least 100 hours of work over the course of the quarter.

        Because the internship is meant to be a professional experience, the WRD Internship Program expects you to follow all the rules and procedures of the internship provider. You will not receive course credit if the internship provider reports excessive absences, substandard work, or documented misconduct, even if you fulfill the other requirements.

        7. Document and reflect on your experience.
        During your internship experience, you will meet several times with the Internship Coordinator to discuss your internship and submit assignments that demonstrate your progress. Required assignments will include several status reports and a final portfolio. You must submit all the materials by the required deadlines to receive course credit. Please see the WRD Internship Deliverables for further explanation.

        8. Attend an exit interview.
        After your internship is complete, you will meet with the Internship Coordinator to discuss the internship experience, review your final portfolio, and complete any additional administrative paperwork.

        Questions?

        Please contact the WRD Internship Coordinator:
        Dana Dunham
        ddunham2(at)depaul.edu
        773-325-3726