Internships

Internships for Academic Credit (UWP 197T, 197TC, 92, 192,)

An Internship is a temporary work-learn arrangement that enables enrolled UCD undergraduate or graduate students to earn academic credit while exploring their potential career paths, gaining practical skills, and/or making professional contacts.  Interns may work on or off campus, with appropriate publications, campus units or departments, schools, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, or private corporations. Grading is on a P/NP basis.

Deadlines

  • Internship registration:  by the 12th day of the quarter
  • Progress Report/Consultation with Faculty Advisor:  by week 5
  • Final packet submission:  by final exam week 

The University Writing Program (UWP) offers two kinds of internships: Writing Ambassadors and Professional Writing Interns.

Writing Ambassadors (197T & 197TC)

Writing Ambassadors are students from all majors who work as interns in K-12 schools, helping teachers to use reading and writing as learning tools in all subjects.  The program offers placement in schools, and students receive training and credit by taking UWP 197TC: Tutoring in the Community, which can be approved for up to 4 units and repeated for up to 10 units (subject to college internship unit limits).  The course meets once a week to discuss teaching strategies and experiences. Students interested in teaching math and science may simultaneously take EDU 197T, which offers 1 additional unit. Consult the Writing Ambassadors program website at http://writingambassadors.ucdavis.edu/ for more information and contact Katie Arosteguy, Director of the Writing Ambassadors Program.

Note: Writing Ambassadors does not fulfill the Professional Writing Minor internship requirements.

Professional Writing Interns (UWP 92, 192)

Professional Writing Interns receive academic credit for writing and/or editing in professional settings. Interns may help to draft/edit marketing copy, grant proposals, policy statements, position papers, or other informative documents for public and private agencies.  Work that does not involve the production of finished text, such as research or administrative assistance, is not appropriate for UWP internship credit.

Although the UWP does not place students in writing internships, the Internship and Career Center (ICC) maintains a list on their web site of Aggie Jobs (https://iccweb.ucdavis.edu/index.htm) and students may also arrange their own positions.  Most internships are unpaid, although in rare cases interns may earn stipends for hours worked and/or be reimbursed for travel or other expenses.

Most writing internships are approved for 2-5 units per quarter, but some full-time internships are available, both in and outside the Davis area. Depending on the hours worked, Writing Interns may take 1-12 units in accord with the Academic Senate Guidelines for Awarding Academic Credit for Internships—UC Davis.  Full-time internships (12 units) entail a 40-hour week, so no other classes may be taken concurrently.

To be eligible for internship credit, interns must successfully request credit for an internship before enrolling and beginning to work. The process for requesting credit is as follows:

  1. Locate an internship at a professional organization.
    1.1 Intern will need a professional to serve as both a mentor and supervisor.
    1.2 If the organization is student-run (e.g., California Aggie), intern needs to enroll in UWP192J (Internship in Journalism).
  2. Once you have identified your internship, complete the Request for Approval of Internship for Academic Credit.
    2.1 Make sure all proposed tasks are clearly defined writing tasks. 
    Writing-related tasks might include research (primary and secondary); analysis of research findings; writing (planning, drafting, revising); editing; information design (document design, interface design); and production of podcasts, videos, or other media projects that require substantial writing, design, and editing work. 
    2.2 In Summer and Fall 2016, the Faculty Sponsor is Dr. Elyse Lord. In Winter 2017 and Spring 2017, the Faculty Sponsor is Dr. Rebekka Andersen. (The Site Supervisor is the on-site professional who will be supervising your internship.)
  3. Receive email that your request was either approved or denied.
    3.1 If approved, you will receive a CRN #.

    3.2 If denied, email the Internship Coordinator & Faculty Advisor at (uwpadvisor@ucdavis.edu).

  4. Enroll in internship (UWP 92/192) before the deadline to add classes (https://registrar.ucdavis.edu/calendar/quarter.cfm).
    5.1 There are no provisions for late adds or retroactive credit, so you must observe the registration deadline.
    5.2 To receive credit for an internship continuing over more than one quarter, you must repeat this process each quarter. Check with your department’s undergraduate advisor about limits on internship units.
  5. Follow instructions for submitting required materials. These instructions are discussed during initial meeting or email (to review the Request for Approval of Internship Credit for Academic Credit form). Instructions are also posted in the course's SmartSite. Interns will receive additional e-mail instructions at strategic times throughout the quarter.

Note: To obtain more specific notation on a transcript (e.g., “Journalism,” “Public Relations Writing,” or Legal Writing”), obtain the ICC's Internship Transcript Notation Form, complete it, get it signed, and then submit to the ICC. You will also need to show the ICC a copy of the letter you received from the UWP's internship coordinator confirming that your request for credit has been approved.

Internship Information for Employers

You may be able to have undergraduate interns write or edit for your organization or business. For example, interns might be able to help your organization write/edit marketing materials, reports, instructions, grant proposals, Web content, and other useful text.

There are two ways to set this up.

  1. Work with the faculty advisor (uwpadvisor@ucdavis.edu) for the Professional Writing Minor to develop a description that would be publicized to writing minors (i.e., to about 300 students from a variety of majors) and/or through advanced writing courses (including several journalism courses).
  2. Contact the Internship and Career Center for more information about setting up an internship and arranging for Transcript Notation. The ICC website is www.ICC.ucdavis.edu and is located in South Hall, with open hours for drop-in advising  from 10 am to 4 pm, most Mondays through Fridays.

In either case, you would write a description of the internship, including the dates, the hours, the types of writing and writing-related work, the qualifications and skills required, the application process and deadline, and the contact person. 

If you wish, you could request that interns possess a specific type of writing experience, have already taken an upper division writing course, or have taken a specific writing course, such as journalism, writing in business, legal writing, or professional editing.

For students to receive 1 unit of credit, they must complete 30 hours of writing and writing-related work (total) during the quarter (10 weeks in the regular academic year and 6 weeks in summer sessions). Professional Writing minors need a total of 4 units of writing internships (120 hours), but they don't need to earn all four units of credit in one quarter, or even at one site.

Since the Professional Writing minor internship is designed to be an educational experience, the UWP asks that site supervisors offer students constructive feedback about their work and also assign interns tasks that are appropriate to interns' level of expertise.

For More Information

Professional Writing Minor Internship Coordinator: Dr. Rebekka Andersen (uwpadvisor@ucdavis.edu) 

Writing Ambassadors Coordinator: Katie Arosteguy
363 Voorhies Hall / No phone

UCD Internship and Career Center Coordinators: Amy Strayer and Kay Nelson
2nd Floor, South Hall/ (530) 752-6673