ENGL 4600: Writing Internship

About ENGL 4600

English 4600, the Writing Internship course, provides undergraduates the opportunity to earn course credit for completing an writing-related internship with an organization. Activities must primarily include writing and writing-related activities such as planning, research, information gathering, social media and other forms of communications, or coorporate writing such as memos, letters, reports, promotional and feature articles. Full details are below, and you may also contact English Internship Director Dr. Bryanna Licciardi with questions or when you're ready to enroll.

Graduate students can also partake in internship for credit! If you are a masters student interested, feel free to use the resources below to locate an internship or reach out to Dr. Licciardi for assistance in locating an internship. Contact the Graduate English Advisor Dr. Laura White for course registration information.

Eligibility Requirements

ENGL 4600 is an available opportunity for undergraduates students who meet the following criteria:

  • English major, English minor, or Writing minor
  • Course fulfills a degree requirement
  • Junior or Senior status
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • B or higher in upper division writing courses (ENGL 3000-4000 levels). This requirement can be waived on the basis of a writing sample or with a professor's written recommendation.

Internship positions must meet the following criteria:

  • 120 contact hours 
  • Activities that primarily include writing and writing-related activities such as planning, research, information gathering, social media and other forms of communications, or corporate writing such as memos, letters, reports, promotional and feature articles

How to Find an Internship

Students are responsible for obtaining their internship, though we have many resources to help you locate internship opportunties,  as well as tips to navigate the search safely. 

Questions at any stage? Don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Licciardi

Registering for ENGL 4600

This is a course offered each semester (spring, summer, and fall). Once you've secured your internship, the next step is to get help registering for this course, as enrollment requires approval. Students will request permission to register by emailing the Internship Director Dr. Bryanna Licciardi all of the following:

  1. Your full name (and preferred name if different)
  2. Your M#
  3. The organization name
  4. Summary of your expected work responsibilties 
  5. Schedule (role's duration and estimated hours per week)
  6. Forwarded confirmation from your academic or faculty advisor that ENGL 4600 will meet a degree requirement
  7. Your internship supervisor's name, organization title, and email address

Upon confirming all of the above, Dr. Licciardi will contact the English Department administration to request your registration permission be entered. Once permission is entered, you will be notified via email that you're able to register.

From Internship to College Credit

To earn course credit, the student intern must fulfill work obligations and all of the assigned tasks of ENGL 4600, the asynchronous D2L course that you will take during the internship. Course tasks include reflective discussions, a portfolio of work, and a final paper.

Keep in Mind

  • Internships do not have to correspond exactly with MTSU semester schedules. 
  • Course credit is Pass/Fail. An F grade will be assigned if assignments are inadequate/not completed, the workplace supervisor provides an unsatisfactory report, or the student fails to complete the internship. Thus, the Director may contact the student's supervisor to confirm satisfactory completion of the internship.
  • Repeating this class for more credit is an option! Students may enroll in ENGL 4600 more than once with permission from the Internship Director and their advisor. Determination is based on a continuation of an internship role, as well as if students get hired for additional roles with new organizations.

CLA Internship Consultation

Beyond English department assistance, you may also seek consultation to learn more about what internships can do for you and your future with the College of Liberal Arts's Internship Advisor, Don Srisuriyo.

Schedule a consultation:

  1. Log in to SSC Campus with your PipelineMT credentials.
  2. Select "Get Advising" (blue button on right side of screen) → "College of Liberal Arts" → "Internship Consultation" → "College of Liberal Arts" → "Don Srisuriyo"
  3. Make and confirm your appointment time. Be sure to include a description of what you would like to discuss in the comment box.