The Professional Writing major is focused on connecting classroom learning to professional experiences. All PW majors are guided to complete at least two internships, typically during their junior and senior years after completing the core courses. Many students actually end up completing three, four, or more, high-value internships before they graduate. These might be experiences that last an entire semester or are project-based; many are paid. Quite a few majors find themselves in internships in Dublin or London, working with nonprofits, publishing companies, or design companies. There’s a strong network among students and alums who share experiences and contacts. Prof. Jonathan Ritz, who serves as a faculty member in the program and an academic and professional advisor, is also the PW internship education coordinator. Every semester he offers workshops and one-on-one advising to help connect you to many different kinds of internship opportunities.
Lauren L. Development and Communication Intern at Kellogg Biological Station: “At KBS, I learned how to take complicated scientific material and communicate it in a way that the general public can understand and relate to. KBS gives students a deeper appreciation for the natural world and a chance to make connections with the environment and with others. I formed lifelong friendships during my 10 weeks at KBS, and completely transformed as a person.”
Ali W. Video Production Intern at Swagger New York: “I edited around forty videos for Swagger New York. These featured the street style of the people in NYC and the personal styles of bands and musicians. My final piece was a culmination of all of my work: the official Swagger New York welcome video. Over the course of the summer, I used my knowledge of visual rhetoric to create a connected audience and compel users to return to Swagger’s website.
Will M. Marketing and Communication Intern at MSU College of Arts and Letters: “As a marketing and communications intern for The College of Arts & Letters, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in everything from communication strategy and social media management to site migration and event coverage. It’s been an extremely valuable experience and allowed me to apply the skills I develop through my professional writing major in a real-world setting.”
Community and Industry Partners
Michigan State University Credit Union (www.msufcu.org/careers/):
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (www.kbs.msu.edu):