ENC 4942 / ENC 5945
The Editing Internship makes it possible for undergraduate English majors and graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing to obtain a range of practical experience in editing, professional writing, and new media. Students may intern at a variety of venues, including magazines, newspapers, publishing houses, television and radio stations, government offices, marketing and public relations firms, university departments and offices, law firms, and non-profit organizations. Internships provide students with meaningful experience in professional fields. Students have opportunities to further develop knowledge and skills obtained through their course work in English; acquire real-world experience with professional writing, editing, and design; “test drive” a prospective career field, and build a professional ePortfolio showcasing their work.
Who should do an internship?
At the undergraduate level, the Editing Internship course, ENC 4942, is open to all English majors and is a requirement for Editing, Writing, and Media majors. All students must have completed the core course requirements for their major in order to register for the course. In addition, it is highly recommended that students take at least one course in advanced writing and editing before engaging in an internship. Students should enroll in the course during the same term in which they are completing their internships. Students who wish to register for ENC 4942 must complete an online course application.
At the graduate level, students accepted to the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing may register for the graduate Editing Internship course, ENC 5945.
Internships require a substantial time commitment and require students to be focused and independent. Students should carefully consider their course loads and other obligations as they make decisions about when to complete an internship. Students should also be aware that internship supervisors may not be current undergraduates or members of their immediate family.
Where should students look for internships?
Students may fulfill the requirements for an Editing Internship at a wide range of organizations. There are many exciting opportunities in the Tallahassee area, and students also engage in internships remotely, in major metropolitan areas such as New York and Miami, and during semesters abroad. Students are responsible for securing their own internships; the English Department does not place students in internships. There are, however, abundant resources available to assist students with the process of identifying and securing a meaningful opportunity.
The FSU Career Center regularly offers workshops and provides myriad online resources to aid students with the process of securing an internship. In addition, Handshake, the FSU Career Center’s jobs and internships database, is an excellent source of available opportunities, including paid opportunities through the InternFSU Program. In addition, organizations that have regularly provided opportunities for English students are included in this list of potential internship sites (Google Sheet).
Students are encouraged to contact the Career Liaison in the Humanities, Cathy Barrios, or Editing Internship Program Director, Dr. Molly Hand, with questions.
What do interns do?
Both ENC 4942 and ENC 5945 require students to meet specific writing and/or editing word count requirements (2000 written words, or 3000 edited word per credit hour), but these requirements may be met through a wide array of professional writing and editing. Writing public service announcements, drafting fundraising and marketing materials, managing social media accounts, creating newsletters, writing newspaper and magazine articles, designing brochures, serving as copy editors, conducting writing/research projects—these are just some examples of the workplace writing and editing interns may do. The Editing Internship is designed to allow students to pursue professional experiences in the fields and career paths they are most interested in. Students (and other site visitors) are encouraged to refer to the sample ePortfolios in this site to see the wide range of experience students obtain.