Editing Internship | 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 earn academic credit while gaining 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. 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 take the course. 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.
Where should students look for internships?
There are 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, Nole Network, 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). Large databases such as Indeed.com also list internship opportunities. The Editing Internship Program’s social media channels highlight opportunities along with alumni and employer profiles. Follow us on Facebook @FSUEditing; Instagram @FSU_Editing; Twitter @FSU_Editing; and LinkedIn @Editing Internship Program.
What do interns do?
Students may satisfy the writing/editing requirements for ENC 4942/5945 through a wide variety of professional tasks. 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.
How can students prepare for internships?
Students can prepare for internships in several ways. Taking a course in advanced writing and editing is highly recommended. Before applying for internships, students should review Career Center resources and consult with a Career Liaison or other staff member to get feedback on their cover letters and resumes (and any other materials). Students can participate in a mock interview to practice prior to an actual interview. The internship is effectively the experiential capstone for the Editing, Writing, and Media major, and students should begin preparing early, at least one semester prior to when they plan to enroll in the internship course. Many organizations post their opportunities several months ahead of time, and students should begin searching and applying accordingly, anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks or more in advance of their semester of enrollment.
Dr. Molly Hand
Editing Internship Program Director
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580