Apply for the Internship

The internship application process includes a rigorous review of your writing portfolio and an interview with the coordinator of the Minor in Professional Writing, Dr. Lindsay Martin. After you have obtained approval from the coordinator, we work with you to find an internship placement that matches your professional goals with the needs of our workplace partners. During your internship, you work with writing professionals for eight hours per week for the 14 weeks of the semester. We work closely with the workplace partners to ensure that your internship experience includes mentoring, direction and substantial professionalization of your writing. You also attend the classroom component of English 4189: Capstone Internship, where you will get support for your activities in the workplace.

Important Dates & Deadlines


Deadline to Apply for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Internships: Thursday, January 23, 11:59 p.m.

Missed the Portfolio Prep Workshop? Review the presentation slides on your own.

Have everything ready? Submit your application

If you have any technical difficulties with your application, please contact Dr. Martin ( directly.



Professional Writing Capstone Internship Posting


The Minor in Professional Writing seeks writing interns who have completed required prerequisites* and are enrolled in or have completed English 4150 to contribute writing skills such as marketing, editing, PR, business communication or grant-writing, to a local Columbus-area organization in a capstone writing internship.

The Professional Writing Minor program will place successful applicants with a local Columbus-area workplace, business, nonprofit, university or government organization. Interns contribute writing and writing-related duties 8 hours each week on site, and they attend the capstone course, English 4189, 2 hours each week.

Successful candidates may contribute any of the following writing types to a workplace, depending on workplace needs.

  • Write press releases for media contacts to promote workplace events
  • Write pitches for P.R. firm
  • Develop feature articles to promote in-depth interest in organization
  • Organize and implement social media campaigns to promote business
  • Follow AP style
  • Produce marketing copy that appeals to potential clients, investors or attendees of an event
  • Translate technical/specialized information of a research organization for a broad audience
  • Creatively tell a story to indirectly sell an experience or product
  • Write creative and engaging, easy-to-read-aloud scripts for radio shows
  • Edit and proofread copy to ensure error-free prose
  • Produce professional internal business correspondence such as emails, memos, slide decks, grant proposals and/or RFPs

Successful candidates may also contribute any of the following writing-related skills:

  • Interview individuals associated with the organization to gather compelling information and craft a human-interest story
  • Research, consolidate, and/or summarize information for marketing or internal business correspondence purposes
  • Work within (or coordinate) a group
  • Work on a tight deadline, such as a 24-hour turnaround
  • Write concisely
  • See a large project through from conception through development to final edits

To apply

Successful applicants will submit a work-world-ready cover letter, writing-related resume and writing portfolio, which consists of 3 writing samples from previous professional or coursework experience.

Portfolios should showcase the candidate’s best writing skills across a range of genres and audiences. Applicants should choose writing samples based primarily on quality, but they should also choose samples that are related, as much as possible, to the writing skills they might use (or are most interested in using) during the internship.

Part 1. Cover Letter

The cover letter should introduce the candidate’s 3 writing samples in the portfolio and do the following for each:

  • Offer background information to help audience (both PWM staff and the workplace) understand them: What are the purpose and audience? In what context will the piece reach readers?
  • Address why you’ve included the piece: Which relevant writing skills does it showcase?

Exemplary cover letters demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose of cover letters by targeting the Minor in Professional Writing internship program and by emphasizing the skills the applicant will bring to the workplace—not how the student will grow from an internship experience.

Part 2. Resume

The resume should be crafted to emphasize writing skills rather than all possible work experience. This may mean re-examining a past job to find and emphasize the writing-related duties, or it may mean eliminating some work experience that was not related to writing and including a “Relevant Coursework” section.

Exemplary resumes focus on writing and writing-related skills, use specific, dynamic and relevant action verbs, and provide enough detail to be compelling.

Part 3. The Three Samples

Exemplary samples show an understanding of the genre being used, as well as an understanding of the specific audience and purpose of this piece. Even if the piece comes from a course, the cover letter introduction and sample should demonstrate that you understand how it could target a real-world audience if you were to publish it.

The Entire Portfolio
Exemplary portfolios are copyedited thoroughly and exhibit an understanding of clear, standard American English professional prose.

*Prerequisites: Any 2367 course, Elective A, and Elective B

Download a pdf of the full internship posting.



Preparing to apply

1. Am I eligible?

You are eligible to apply for the capstone internship if you:

  • have completed 6 credit hours from the following*:
    • 2367
    • Elective A
    • Elective B
    • *Students who have taken all 3 courses before they apply are the most successful in the portfolio review process. 
  • are currently enrolled in or have completed English 4150: Cultures of Professional Writing

2. What will I have to prepare?

  • 1 cover letter, 1 writing-related resume, and a best-works portfolio with 3 samples
  • Read our guidelines with more details on how to prepare each part of the portfolio. 
  • Once you have finalized your five documents, save each one as a pdf and be prepared to upload them after you submit the application form online.

3. How will my application be evaluated? We will be looking for:

  • a thorough understanding of context, audience, purpose and genre. These should be apparent in all documents but especially in the different writing samples.
  • clear, coherent prose with grammar, tone and word choice that are suited to professional workplace environments.
  • an ability to edit your own work and pay close attention to detail in order to construct error-free writing.
  • Read the job posting above for details on what exemplary cover letters, resumes, and samples will demonstrate.

4. How do I submit my application and materials?

  • Save each of your five files as a pdf. For instructions on how to save a Word document as a pdf on a PC, go here. For instructions on how to save a Word document as a pdf on a Mac, go here
  • Use these file naming conventions: "Lastname Firstname ITEM" (Cover Letter / Resume / Sample 1 / Sample 2 / Sample 3)
  • If you would like to preview the questions on the application form before you enter the online system, download a paper version of the online application form (for reference online--do not submit a paper application).
  • Submit your application form. After you submit, you will be prompted to upload your five files.


Have everything ready? Submit your application!

If you have any technical difficulties with your application, please contact Dr. Martin ( directly.