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Common Myths Debunked

Internships are NOT thankless, non-remunerative experiences. Some internships are paid! And some of those paid internships are located right here on the UWEC campus! That's right: you can start getting PAID to write right now, on (or near) campus, working a flexible schedule that doesn't interfere with your courses. 

The writing internship program is NOT just for students in the Rhetorics of Science, Technology & Culture emphasis. In fact, we often have as many creative writing and critical studies in literatures, cultures, and film students doing internships as RSTC students. We offer many different types of writing experiences at our internship sites, including opportunities specifically created to be of interest to CW and critical studies students—like writing for Volume One.

You do NOT have to scramble to make an internship fit with your schedule and your academic program. The internship program is very flexible! If you don't find an internship that sounds interesting, you can design your own. If you're involved in some writing-intensive activity at your job or in some volunteer work you're doing or would like to do in the community, we can probably organize a "custom" internship for you. And you can probably get course credit (Engl 498) for it! Contact Dr. Turner if you have an idea you'd like to explore. Once you've secured an internship, site supervisors are willing to schedule your work hours around your class schedule. You and your site supervisor can set up a schedule that's mutually convenient, so long as you complete an average of 15 hours/week at your site during the semester you are taking the experience for credit. If you just want the internship and don't want college credit, that's also possible: you can set up whatever hours that you and your site supervisor agree to. 

The internship application process is NOT impossibly competitive. In fact, most students who apply for an English Department writing internship do get placed at a site.  

Site supervisors are NOT scary or mean. The site supervisors at the internship organizations are incredibly cool people that you'll both enjoy and benefit from getting to know and work with. They're VERY, VERY NICE FOLKS who are patient, generous, and nurturing! You'll learn a lot from them; things you can't learn in a college course. AND they'll be very helpful in providing references for you for jobs, post-baccalaureate letters of recommendation, etc.    

You don't have to be a slave to the profit-mongering man. Most of our internships are at nonprofit sites, so in addition to the writing and professionalism skills you'll be honing and the finished pieces you'll be adding to your portfolio, you'll be doing important civic work within the community. You can make a difference while you're still in college, and be poised to continue to do so after you graduate.