Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Internships and Service-Learning

image divider


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.

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

The deadline for submitting these documents to begin the internship process is eight weeks prior to the beginning of a semester. So for example, if you would like to complete a summer internship starting June 1 (Loyola runs two summer class sessions), you would need to submit your documents to the internship coordinator by April 1. For the fall 3-credit internship, the deadline is July 15.

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.

Internship Partner List


  • ETC (Emerging Technology Centers) Baltimore entrepreneurial clearinghouse
  • 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

On-Campus Programs

  • 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.


The writing department offers a number of courses that include service-learning components. Service-learning courses allow students and instructors to collaborate with local organizations to bring about positive change in our community. Community members, students, and instructors often work with Loyola's Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) to serve the needs of Baltimore and Maryland. In this way, the writing department supports the university's mission of social justice and helping to form "men and women for others."

Students may take writing courses listed as "service-learning" (SL) or courses listed as "service-learning optional" (SO). Courses listed as "service-learning" dedicate the entire subject matter and classwork to the service-learning project. Service-learning optional courses contain elements of service-learning, such as one or two projects where students collaborate with community members. For more information on service-learning at Loyola, please visit the CCSJ website.

The following writing courses are generally offered as service-learning or service-learning optional (please note that not all sections of these courses offer service-learning):

  • WR100, Effective Writing
  • WR305, Writing for the Web
  • WR320, Art of Argument
  • WR323, Writing Center Theory and Practice
  • WR327, Civic Literacy
  • WR325, Rhetoric of Professional Writing
  • WR326, Technical Writing
  • WR353, Biography and Autobiography

Course Projects and Student Work

End the Wait Now Campaign
The link below will take you to a service-learning project that sections of WR320, Art of Argument contribute to - The Arc Maryland "End the Wait Now Campaign." Students collaborate with Maryland residents who require assistance with their special needs family members. Loyola's WR320 class created the video profiles for Gabby and Ofek: "End the Wait Now Campaign."

Richnor Springs Neighborhood Association
Students from WR220, Introduction to Rhetoric; WR325, Rhetoric of Professional Writing; WR326, Technical Writing; and WR387, Special Topics in Professional Writing have worked with the Richnor Springs Neighborhood Association (RSNA) to develop meeting signs and a new website to boost civic capacity: Richnor Springs Website.

Writing students have also completed direct service with RSNA by working on lot and block clean up days. Here are pictures from the fall 2013 vacant lot clean up day, and here are pictures from the spring 2014 block clean up day.

The Baltimore Reads Gazette
Students from WR100, Effective Writing partner with Baltimore Reads to cultivate an urban garden and write about their experiences: 

The Baltimore Reads Gazette Vol. 1.2

The Baltimore Reads Gazette Vol. 3.1

Loyola Writing Center Bridges Program 
The Loyola Writing Center hosts a bridges program with Baltimore City schools to support local literacy and writing initiatives. Contact Dr. Lisa Zimmerelli for more information on this program.