Frequently Asked Questions
About the Professional Writing Minor
About Writing Internships
All of the classes that count towards the writing minor are upper division classes, which means you should have upper division standing to take them. Some UWP courses have additional requirements (see Requirements, then click on specific courses). Some courses for the minor permit lower division students to enroll, after they have satisfied the prerequisites. Check with the department offering the class you want to take to determine whether you will be admitted.
UWP 101, 102s and 104s will fulfill your upper division writing requirement automatically, but only if you have upper division status when you take the course (i.e., have completed at least 90 units, depending on the college). For most minors, this isn’t a problem, because you are likely to take another course that fulfills the requirement later. However, if you plan to take only one course that fulfills the requirement and you want to take it before being a junior, you may petition your college to have it fulfill the requirement. Use the “General Petition” at http://advising.ucdavis.edu/forms/lsgeneralpetition.pdf.
Not all courses that satisfy the minor, especially in Groups B and C (see Requirements), are offered every quarter or even every year, so plan ahead to make sure you can take the courses you want.
For classes in the UWP, all courses offered can be found under Course Descriptions.
Check the UWP course schedules at http://writing.ucdavis.edu/course-information. For classes in other departments, check with those departments. For the quarter that is currently open for registration, you may also use the Class Search Tool under the Office of the University Registrar to check on class availability.
You are welcome to consult with the Coordinator for Professional Writing, Rebekka Andersen, during office hours to receive assistance with your course selection. Rebekka will gladly help you choose classes that will best suit your needs. Email her at email@example.com.
The UWP cannot give priority to writing minors. As a senior, though, you will have a better first pass time when registering for classes.
Because all UWP courses have strict enrollment limits and are in high demand, we recommend that you use your first pass to enroll in writing classes. If you are wait-listed, attend class the first day and stick with it.
You may take some courses for the minor Pass/No Pass (P/NP). However, at least one course for the minor must be completed for a letter grade, because you must have a GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for the minor. If an upper division writing course will satisfy a college writing requirement, to receive a Pass grade in P/NP grading, you must earn at least a C- in the class. All the writing internship units (UWP 192) are graded on a P/NP basis. P/NP courses do not affect your GPA.
Do UWP courses for the minor count toward the English Composition requirement (Upper Division Writing Requirement)?
It depends on your college and the course, so check with your college. Classes in Groups A and B typically—though not always—satisfy the requirement, but courses in Groups C and D do not.
Students may complete as many minors as they wish. There can be no course overlap between minors. There can only be one course overlap between a major and a minor. Check your college’s rules about maximum units for graduation, maximum internship units, using the same courses to satisfy both major and minor requirements, and electing more than one minor.
To receive certification of a minor, by university policy, you must have a GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for the minor. To declare a minor, you must submit a petition form on OASIS by the 10th day of instruction in the quarter you graduate. Once logged in, go to Forms & Petitions > Submit a New Form > Minor Declaration. In the form, choose "Professional Writing (LPWR)" as the minor.
To be approved for the petition, you must have either completed and/or be currently enrolled in all the classes required for the minor. A petition will not be approved, for example, if it is spring quarter and you will not complete the last class(es) until summer session. If that were the case, you would petition for the minor during summer session after you have enrolled in the remaining classes.
Associate Director of Professional Writing
Rebekka Andersen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Voorhies 365
For fall 2020, office hours are by appointment via Zoom or phone. Email to schedule an appointment.
Cassie Hemstrom (email@example.com)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00-2:00p.m. via Zoom & by appointment.
Email for link.
For students who wish to earn academic credit while exploring potential career paths, gaining practical skills, and/or making professional contacts, an internship in writing is an opportunity to get real-world work experience in a professional environment. Site supervisors are required for an internship and provide interns with a mentor who can help them improve their writing skills while developing professional relationships. Interns can also compile writing samples from the internship as a way to showcase their experience and skills to future employers. 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.
To receive credit for an internship, you must first locate and secure a position at an internship site. Make sure there is someone who can be your designated site supervisor while interning. Then submit a Request for Approval of Internship for Academic Credit. After a couple days, you will receive an email regarding whether your request was accepted or denied. If it was accepted, you will receive a CRN number that you use to register for either UWP 92 or UWP 192. If the request is denied, email the Internship Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
During the internship, there will be a mid-quarter check-in with the Internship Coordinator. At the end of the quarter, you will submit your log of hours and a writing portfolio. Your site supervisor will submit a site supervisor evaluation. All of this information and more details will be provided to you upon registering for either UWP 92 or UWP 192.
The Professional Writing Minor requires 4 units of internship credit, which means you must work a total of 120 hours on writing and writing-related work. You can split your units between various quarters, whatever works best for you and your internship sites (e.g., Winter quarter = 1 unit, Spring quarter = 3 units; Fall quarter = 2 units (same internship), Winter quarter = 2 units (two internships, one unit each). For each unit of credit, though, you must complete 30 hours of writing and writing-related work. See internship requirements for general requirements.
UWP 92 is the lower division Internship in Writing course. UWP 192 is the upper division Internship in Writing course which fulfills the Group D minor requirement (see Requirements). To receive internship credit towards the minor, you must complete four units of UWP 192. You must have completed at least 84 units to receive credit for UWP 192.
Because this is a writing internship, interns can log only hours spend on writing-related tasks, which are broadly defined. Example tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Research (primary and secondary) that informs a writing project
- Writing (e.g., planning, drafting, revising)
- Comprehensive editing, copyediting, style guide creation, template design
- Information design (e.g., document design, interface design, data visualization)
- Production of podcasts, videos, or other media projects that require substantial writing, design, and editing work
If you have questions about what could count as writing-related work, email the Internship Coordinator (email@example.com).
There are three ways to find an appropriate writing internship:
- Ask the Professional Writing Internship Coordinator, Dr. Cassie Hemstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org), to add you to the writing minor listserv so that you can receive announcements about internships.
- Search the finding internships page on the Internship and Career Center (ICC) website.
- Find your own internship: writing for a client, the campus, or in the community. Many students find or develop their own internships: working for a local publication, such as The California Aggie or The Davis Enterprise, writing for a university unit or department, writing for a government agency or nonprofit organization—any organization that could use writing skills for specific projects. Other possibilities for internships include writing or editing technical manuals, grant proposals, curricula, or for a website. The possibilities are endless. When exploring this option, keep in mind internship requirements.
Your internship need not be advertised specifically as a "writing internship," as long as you do a significant amount of writing. This writing could even be above and beyond what you are doing for another internship: say, you are volunteering in a clinic and want to write educational materials on STDs and AIDS for their clients. (Check with your department’s undergraduate advisor about limits on internship units.) Also, if you are getting other credit for the internship, make sure the writing is extra: you can't get course credit twice for the same work.
The deadline to add internship units is the same as for other courses: the 12th day of instruction.
UWP 92/192 will appear on your transcript as Internship in Writing (graded P/NP).
If you want a more specific notation of your internship on your transcript (say, "Public Relations Writing" or "Journalism"), you may fill out ICC’s Transcript Notation proposal, available online at Aggie Jobs: https://iccweb.ucdavis.edu. At the end of the quarter, give ICC copies of the essay, log of hours, and site supervisor's evaluation.
Otherwise, you do not need an ICC coordinator or Transcript Notation (TN), which is provided by the Internship and Career Center (ICC) to document internships that do not earn academic credit and thus would not otherwise appear on your transcript. You need to have a minimum of 40 hours of work for transcript notation.
Tutoring in Writing (UWP 197T) does not fulfill the minor internship requirement. The internship for the writing minor must involve writing or editing, not tutoring.
It is possible to create a writing internship connected with your tutoring in UWP 197T, but it would require extra work in the form of creating and completing a professional writing project and the approval of a site supervisor (most likely the UWP 197T coordinator). You will also have to concurrently enroll in UWP 192 for internship credit.
The internship for the writing minor must involve writing or editing, not teaching writing, which is the focus of the Writing Ambassadors internship (UWP 197TC). This is a great opportunity for you if you are considering becoming a K-12 teacher, as you will learn writing to learn strategies useful across the curriculum and get hands-on teaching experience, which helps with getting into certificate programs.
It is possible to create a writing internship connected with your teaching in the Writing Ambassadors Program, but it would require extra work: writing for your school site that is not required by the Writing Ambassadors Program. Kendon Kurzer (email@example.com), the Coordinator of the Writing Ambassadors Program, will help you if you want to develop an appropriate writing project for your site. You will also have to concurrently enroll in UWP 192 for internship credit.
Complete the Request for Approval of Internship for Academic Credit form just as you would for any other internship. Be sure to specify that your site supervisor will be Steve Magagnini. Select either UWP 92: Internship in Writing (Journalism) or UWP 192: Internship in Writing (Journalism).
Note: If you have completed 84 units you will enroll in the upper division UWP 192: Internship in Writing (Journalism). If you have not, you will enroll in the lower division UWP 92: Internship in Writing (Journalism).