The TCR faculty highly recommend that students complete an internship. The internship course is ENGL 4378. Internships require that you create a portfolio, write a research paper, and submit your materials to your internship mentor. A TTU TCR faculty member must agree to serve as your mentor. You are responsible for finding a faculty member to mentor you.
Finding an internship
You have two options for internships. In all cases, the internship must involve workplace writing or similar skills you learned in the BATC.
Setting up 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 that are not part of the TTU-TCR internship program. You can find out about these internships by
- Contacting companies on your own (look on their web sites for recruitment or personnel sections)
- Searching online job services, such as monster.com
- Working with the TTU Career Center
Applying for Established Internships
The TCR program sometimes partners with companies to offer internships. These internships require an application and review process. For details, contact Dr. Kimball.
Starting an Internship
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.
The internship proposal is a short proposal to the Director of TCR including the following items:
- 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
The internship requires a substantial research paper on a topic related to the internship work
The blogfolio is a private blog shared to the internship supervisor. It should also serve as a place for you to collection documents that you developed as part of your internship, along with your descriptions and commentaries on your experiences and accomplishments.
Meetings and Schedule
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 Texas Tech 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.