The Department of English offers internships for Tampa-based, degree-seeking, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the program, which consists of supervised work-and-learning experience under the direction of a University faculty member and an employee of a participating sponsor organization. The internship is an option for students in the Literary Studies and Creative Writing programs and is required for all Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology students. Internships may be available to qualified non-majors with program and department approval.
Undergraduate students participating in the internship must enroll in the ENC 4940 internship class, while graduate students receive credit through enrollment in ENG 6946. The academic component requires reading and research related to the current job market and discussion concerning workplace issues and procedures. Both classes earn three semester hours of academic credit and the undergraduate class may be repeated one time with the same or with a different sponsor. Students report to the faculty advisor weekly through formal status reports and meet with the advisor at least three times during the internship period. A final professional portfolio is a significant part of this experience.
Local Tampa Bay businesses and organizations sponsoring students direct and counsel the intern in an on-the-job context for 10-12 hours each week for each 15-week semester. Sponsors are encouraged to treat the intern as a regular employee during the entire work-learning experience. The student's direct supervisor will evaluate the intern at mid-semester and at the end of the term. These evaluations are a significant factor in the student's internship class final grade assignment.