Texas Tech University

Internship Policies

Complete an ENGL4378 Internship to discover ways to apply learning. Internships require students work with an organization of the course of a semester, write a research paper, create a portfolio, and submit materials to a faculty internship mentor.

Getting Started

Internships must involve workplace writing, design thinking, or other skills we emphasize in our degree programs. Create a new internship, or consider internship opportunities already established.

Build Your Own Internship

You may choose to find an internship in a city of your choice with a firm that you might want to work for. Many companies offer internships. You can find out about these internships by

  • Contacting companies on your own (search recruitment and personnel sections)
  • Searching online job services, such as monster.com
  • Working with TTU Career Center

Select an Established Internship

We partner with companies to offer internships. These internships require an application and review process. For details, contact the Director of Undergrad Studies.

Start an Internship

Internship Agreement

Before the internship begins, you, your faculty advisor, and your workplace sponsor must agree to the terms of the internship. These terms include:

  • Hours you will work (per week, beginning and ending date)
  • Whether and how much you will be paid
  • Your access to information: you may need to sign a statement that you will not disclose confidential information, as well as whether any of the products you develop will carry your name and whether you will be able to use the products in a portfolio

The agreement can be a memo that the responsible parties sign.

Internship Proposal

The internship proposal is a short proposal to the Director of Undergraduate Studiesincluding the following:

  • Your argument for why this internship will help you learn about or gain experience in technical communication
  • Who among the TTU TCR faculty will mentor you
  • Who will supervise your internship work at the company, agency, or organization
  • A schedule for meeting with your mentor. You and your faculty mentor will work out the details of meetings and deadlines. If your internship is local, your supervisor may require you to meet with him or her every week or two to review work assignments and progress. A long-distance internship may require correspondence by email or conversations through Skype or something similar.
  • The internship agreement

Requirements

Research Paper

The internship requires a substantial research paper on a topic related to the internship work. Your mentor and workplace partner may require additional or alternative deliverables.

Blogfolio

The blogfolio is a private blog shared to the internship supervisor. It should also serve as a place for you to collect documents that you developed as part of your internship, along with your descriptions and commentaries on your experiences and accomplishments.

Grading

Your internship grade is determined as follows:

  • Research paper: 30%
  • Blogfolio: 60%
  • Participation: 10%

Your work supervisor does not assign the course grade (because that person is not a TTU faculty member in English), but that person may write an assessment of your performance and professionalism that the faculty member will consider in assigning the grade.