Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Internships and Service-Learning

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Internships

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. 

Select this link to learn more about Loyola's 2013-2014 Internship Challenge.

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.

Internship Announcement

Science Writing and Communications 
Season: Summer
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

Non-Profits

  • 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

Publications

  • 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

For-Profits

  • 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.

Service-Learning

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 
In celebration of raising his GPA by almost an entire point, Loyola lacrosse players Jason Crane (left) and Alek Klincewicz (right) met with local Baltimore high school student and lacrosse enthusiast Kevin Ingram (center) to talk about college and college lacrosse. Kevin participates every week in the Loyola Writing Center service-learning program, LWC/Bridges, where he is tutored by a writing center tutor.

First Year Writing Projects

Loyola students are encouraged to explore personal issues through writing but also to expand their experiences and develop knowledge of the world beyond the self. Exploring the world beyond the self begins during the first semester students arrive at Loyola, and the work presented here illustrates those efforts.

The New Hounds newspaper was written by first year students to welcome new arrivals to campus and to help them adjust to and explore their new home away from home. The newspaper contains information about the campus, university clubs, nutrition, relationships, and the city of Baltimore - information first year students need and enjoy.

Beyond Evergreen: Writing Our Way into the City
showcases students' work as they explored and wrote about the urban experience in Baltimore and how this identity influences Loyola University Maryland. From the publication we learn that 

"The anthology of essays was written by first-year students in WR100 Effective Writing during Loyola's "Year of the City"—the 2006-2007 academic year. These essays were selected by students and faculty in the Department of Writing. The goal of the anthology is to introduce new students—and their parents—to Baltimore and to show readers how Baltimore is an integral part of the Loyola experience."