Loyola’s Writing Department internship program helps students develop valuable professional skills combined with an academic experience aimed at cultivating their abilities as writers and rhetoricians. An internship will hone your interpersonal and professional communication skills, while giving you a glimpse into how writers and editors work in the business, non-profit, and academic worlds.
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The Writing Department offers two options for writing major or writing minor internships: the 1-credit course, which is offered year-round and requires at least 50 hours of work at your site; the 3-credit course, which is offered during fall semesters and requires at least 150 hours of work at your site. To be considered for the internship program and to enroll in credited internship courses, please email PDFs of the following documents to the internship coordinator, Dr. Allen Brizee:
- Your current, formal résumé (please use the Purdue OWL's resources to help you complete your document)
- A brief essay (300-600 words) about your internship and how it fits into your education/career goals and how you think you can contribute to the internship organization’s needs
- 3-5 writing samples including a short abstract for each (please use the Purdue OWL's resources to help you complete your abstract)
- Your graduation audit
You should begin planning your internship in your sophomore or junior year so that you have enough time to work it into your schedule and so that you can find an organization that fits your needs and interests.
If you have questions about the internship program, you may also schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen Brizee (410-617-2550). For more information, visit the Internship FAQs page. Please visit the Loyola Career Center Internship page for general information about internship programs at Loyola. Download the Writing Internship flier in PDF here.
Science Writing and Communications
Project Supervisor: Kristen Minogue, Science Writer
The science writing internship is for anyone who loves learning about science and sharing it with nonscientists. Communications at SERC covers a wide range of activities: media outreach, Web updates, newsletters, social media and blogging. In addition to pitching stories to mainstream media outlets, the communications desk also keeps in touch with the larger Smithsonian communications offices on the Mall. It manages the look and content of the SERC homepage (www.serc.si.edu) and the Shorelines blog, which hosts stories on the research and discoveries of SERC scientists. It also maintains social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter (@SmithsonianEnv) and Tumblr. Its main product, the Shorelines newsletter, highlights the most important stories from SERC scientists and educators every spring, summer and fall.
Internship: The science writing intern will gain experience with all facets of SERC communication. Main priorities include going out in the field with research scientists and interns, taking photos and writing blog pieces about their projects. Other responsibilities include working with the SERC communications officer to manage SERC’s social media accounts, produce the summer newsletter and update the SERC website. The intern will also gain exposure to the wider world of Smithsonian communications through monthly meetings on the Mall.
Desired Qualifications: Strong scientific background (natural sciences coursework; not required to be a science major) and skill writing about science for a nonscientific audience. Published or unpublished writing samples explaining science for general readers is an essential element to include with application. Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) required; familiarity with HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop and Drupal a plus.
Internship Partner List
- The Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Enoch Pratt Free Library
- ABET accrediting organization for science, computers, and engineering
- Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
- Students Sharing Coalition
- The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
- The Maryland Wineries Association
- American Red Cross
- Goodwill of Greater Washington
- The Baltimore Sun
- The Baltimore City Paper
- Baltimore Magazine
- Baltimore Review
- Mason Dixon ARRIVE magazine (Stone House Publishing)
- Free State Review
- Smartish Pace magazine
- Style magazine
- The Catholic Review
- D. Hodgson Associates private investigators
- Media Two Advertising
- MTA Community Workforce
- Loyola's Institute on Migration, Culture, and Ministry
- Loyola Writing Center
- Modern Master's Reading Series
Please note that this is a partial list. Please contact Dr. Allen Brizee, the Internship Coordinator, for a complete list.