Important Dates & Deadlines
Second Application Round for Spring 2020 Internships: Wednesday, September 25 by 11:59 p.m.
Missed the Portfolio Prep Workshop? Review the Portfolio Prep Workshop presentation on your own before you submit.
The professional writing capstone internship, which you complete while you attend the supporting course, English 4189: Capstone Internship, gives you the opportunity to practice your skills in a work-world setting at one of more than 150 Columbus area workplaces. During your internship, you will:
- practice the writing you'll produce in today's digital-age workplace
- gain meaningful work-world experience
- build contacts and develop references for future jobs
Once you've had your portfolio reviewed and you have interviewed with the program coordinator, we work with you to find an internship placement that matches your professional goals with the needs of our workplace partners. Our workplace partners come from a wide range of backgrounds and industries and can offer you writing opportunities across the board, from internal office communications to outward facing marketing materials to doing final edits on magazine and newspaper copy. Here is a look at some of the opportunities our workplace partners offer.
Nonprofits and community work
Interested in the arts, advocacy and community service, education, health, the environment or research and scientific innovation?
If you are curious about any of these fields, we have a place for you to learn more and write for an organization supporting one of these causes. Many of our partners are nonprofit organizations working on behalf of causes like community organizing and adult education (Godman Guild), food access initiatives (Local Matters) or the environment (Ohio Environmental Council). Work for nonprofits ranges from internal business documents to grant writing to public-facing marketing for the organization. Over one-third of our partners are nonprofits dedicated to a cause you can support with your writing skills.
Marketing and public relations
A few of our partners are small marketing and PR agencies, but even more are marketing and communications departments within larger companies, such as Wexner Medical Center Marketing and Communications, M+A Architects, and Ohio Travel Association.
Publishing and media
Want to be a part of radio shows or a final published product?
Contribute copy for local public radio programs at WOSU or WCBE (Columbus's NPR stations), or help write and edit pieces to be published in magazines or books at The Ohio State University Press or Great Lakes Publishing. Work in publishing and media often includes doing research, editing and drafting compelling copy.
Government and law
Want to learn about legal fields, advocate for individuals through legal channels or contribute to local government?
Contribute to the Ohio State Bar Association's media presence via press releases and print and digital articles. Write blog posts to promote the work of the city of Hilliard. You can also contribute to the cause of Disability Rights Ohio, a statewide advocacy organization that promotes the legal rights of individuals with disabilities.
Science and research
Interested in contributing to research across disciplines or scientific innovation?
Work on print and online marketing materials for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, Ohio State's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, OSU's Center for Automotive Research or Ohio State Energy Services and Sustainability. You will often translate complex scientific text into engaging and compelling materials for print materials and the web.
Wherever you complete an internship, you will learn about writing in the workplace, the industry of your specific worksite and, above all, about yourself and what you want out of a professional career after graduation. You will also walk away having practiced a wide range of professional writing and having built your portfolio for future applications. Our students have:
- written grant proposals for the Columbus Museum of Art
- corresponded with state legislators' constituents
- developed campaign materials for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank's Operation Feed
- researched media contacts for Team Fleisher
- created client storyboards, scripts and visuals for e-learning projects for Xcelerate Media
- developed marketing materials and blog posts for Creative Spot
- written and recorded program and fundraising promotions for WCBE, a Columbus NPR station
- Frequently asked questions from students interested in a Professional Writing minor.
- Tips for a good internship by 2010 professional writing minor alumna, Megan Smith.