Deadline for Next Internship Application Round
The deadline to apply for Spring 2022 internships has passed.
The deadline to apply for either Summer or Fall 2022 internships will be Thursday, Jan. 27 by 11:59 p.m.
Portfolio Prep Workshops Fall
The MPW team will hold 2 workshops the first 2 weeks of the semester, one in person and one online.
Determine Your Eligibility
You are eligible to apply for the capstone internship if, by the time you plan to enroll in the capstone internship, you will:
- have completed 6 credit hours from Minor requirements (a 2367 course and two electives)
- have completed English 4150: Cultures of Professional Writing
Students who have taken all 3 electives courses before they apply are the most successful in the portfolio review process, but you are eligible to apply even if you are completing these requirements during the semester you are applying.
Learn More in Workshops/Consultations
Each semester before the application deadline, you can attend a workshop that reviews the basic components of the internship application, helps you brainstorm your choices, and answers individual questions you have.
Portfolio Prep Workshops Fall 2021
- Thurs., Sept. 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Denney 311
- Wed., Sept. 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m. ONLINE via Zoom
If you cannot attend the Portfolio Prep Workshop, or if you have followup questions after it, you may also discuss your portfolio choices individually with the Coordinator before you submit. You can discuss the following with the Coordinator before the application deadline:
- how to choose your writing samples
- broad questions about the process / your fit with the internship options
- possibility of using internship you have already found for the capstone
- career interests and choosing best samples for those
The Coordinator cannot review your portfolio for editing or accuracy before you formally submit your application.
Open Hours Aug. 24-Sept. 14
- Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
- Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
- Fridays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Join office hours for a consultation during these windows. (Passcode: DE411) If no one is there, someone has just stepped away; please wait 3-5 min.
If you cannot make it to the workshops or individual consultations, everything you need to know about preparing and submitting your portfolio is here.
These are the 5 components of portfolio applications. See sections below for more details.
- Cover letter | Introduces the three writing samples in your portfolio
- Resume | Emphasizes writing skills and preparedness for a writing internship
- Best-works portfolio: Three of your best writing samples that demonstrate exceptional writing and editing skills
We're looking for the following in portfolio applications:
- 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
Your three writing samples comprise a best works portfolio. This means you choose three of your best pieces of writing, but then you edit, edit, edit to make them work-world-ready--that is, completely clean with no grammatical or editing errors.
Your portfolio is not meant to represent who you were when you first wrote your pieces, so review and revise them now to make sure they showcase impeccable writing skills.
Possible writing samples
You may have writing samples from past internships, jobs or extracurriculars. Your sample could be an internal memo, a professional letter or email to an organization or an internal training manual. If you don’t have samples from prior work experience, you have plenty of material from coursework, especially any course in communications or if you took Business Writing (English 3304) or Technical Writing (English 3305).
Your three pieces should demonstrate variety: Variety of genres, variety of styles, variety of contexts and variety of purposes. They should also demonstrate the kinds of skills you want to contribute to a workplace during your internship.
A portfolio piece should, in general, no more than around 500 words or 3 pages maximum, so if you need to, choose an excerpt of a longer piece. You can write a note with the piece providing context so the reader understands what they are diving into.
Here are some possible different genres you might include:
- press release and/or media release
- feature news article
- business letter
- blog post
- marketing web copy
- social media campaign plan (complete with posting schedule, sample posts and explanation of the reasons for particular choices of platform, word choices and timelines)
- other marketing materials
- official materials for any club or organization you contribute to--newsletters or organization constitution
- brief course paper (consider choosing a section of no more than approximately three pages)
- slide decks
- creative nonfiction, as long as it showcases something professional for workplaces (As much as poetry is wonderful, avoid this. It does not demonstrate enough for our workplace partners.)
This is not an exhaustive list of potential writing samples--just something to get you started. Attend the Portfolio Prep Workshop or consult with the Coordinator if you would like to talk through your other ideas.
Normally, a cover letter makes the case that you are qualified to perform the duties listed in a particular job description. The cover letter for the Minor in Professional Writing is somewhat different because you will be placed in a specific internship *after* your interview.
Your cover letter instead describes your writing samples, analyzes the writing skills they demonstrate and, by connecting the skills in your samples to the skills needed in the internship posting, persuades your audience that you are prepared to succeed in a writing internship.
Address your cover letter to Dr. Lindsay A. Martin, Coordinator, Minor in Professional Writing. Format your cover letter as a formal business letter with a heading or letterhead, date, inside address, salutation, body, complimentary close and your signature. (You may type a signature in cursive font if you cannot print, sign and scan the document.)
Brief introductory paragraph
- Explain your purpose: To apply for placement in a capstone internship in the Minor in Professional Writing.
- Give a brief explanation of your interest. How will the internship (which could be in any number of fields) connect with your larger career goals? Do not talk endlessly about what you will get out of the internship. Cover letters should show enthusiasm for an industry or field but it's more important that they convince employers of how much you have to offer them.
- End on a clear statement summarizing the writing skills and soft skills you will bring to the workplace.
Tip: Great cover letters project into the future and demonstrate that the writer is already envisioning translating their experience into different tasks at the new job.
Body paragraphs (this is the bulk of the cover letter). Introduce your reader to each writing sample so they understand it and why you chose it.
- What are the purpose and audience of this piece?
- What particular writing skills does it showcase? Does it demonstrate skills in working with a particular situation? A particular genre? A particular tone? See the "What You Can Write" on the main Minor in Professional Writing page for help brainstorming skills you want to highlight.
- You should also mention parenthetically if you wrote the piece for a course or as part of a group project.
A resume is fundamentally a persuasive document. It convinces your reader that your qualifications, skills, experiences and achievements are both impressive and directly related to the job you want. Your resume for the Minor in Professional Writing internship should highlight writing skills and writing-related achievements. For help brainstorming, see the Identifying Your Accomplishments handout from Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success.
The most basic, essential components of a resume are the following:
- Name/Contact Information;
- Education with major(s)/minor(s); and
- Experience, whether from jobs, internships, volunteer work, and/or coursework.
Here is an example resume to consult for formatting ideas.
Here are some other categories you might consider, depending on your experience.
- Consider adding this if you have limited writing-related work experience.
- List each course just like a job, with location and dates on the right side of the page.
- Include multiple bullet points for each course to emphasize written work you produced during the course.
- **If you have plenty of writing experience from jobs/internships/volunteer work, don't feel obligated to delete those to fit a Relevant Coursework section.
Other Category Headers
Be creative with your heading titles if necessary — Don't feel like you have to categorize into Work (paid) vs. Volunteer (unpaid). Perhaps there's a better way to emphasize all writing-related experience at the top of the page.
If only some of your work or volunteering experience is writing-related, consider using headings like “Relevant Experience,” “Writing Experience,” “Editing Experience” or “Other Work Experience.
How to Save and Name Your Portfolio Files
- Collect 5 separate files--one for each document (cover letter, resume, and three writing samples).
- Save each file as a separate Microsoft Word document.
- Use your access to Microsoft 365 you have through Ohio State to do this.
- Save your sample files as .doc or .docx if applicable to sample type. If you are submitting a designed document such as a flyer or procedural guide, you may submit a pdf file instead.
- Use these file naming conventions.
- Lastname Firstname Cover Letter
- Lastname Firstname Resume
- Lastname Firstname Sample 1
- Lastname Firstname Sample 2
- Lastname Firstname Sample 3
- If you would like to preview the questions on the application form before you enter the online system, download a pdf of the PWM 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