The Application Process

You must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy (official or unofficial) of your transcript.
  3. A one page letter explaining which internships interest you, your relevant experience, and what you think you might gain from an internship.
  4. A short academic paper (5-10 pages) which you wrote for one of your UConn courses.
  5. Letters of recommendation from three professors. The letters are checklists which allow your referees to offer support with minimum effort, speeding up the evaluation process. You should leave the forms with your professors who should return them to the internship director, Ruth Fairbanks.

After submission:

  1. You must schedule a personal interview with the internship director, Ruth Fairbanks, to whicWriting Internship Logoh you must bring the completed application form, your letter, your academic paper, and your transcript.
  2. You must schedule a personal interview with the field supervisor of your writing internship. Beforehand, email your application, letter, and academic paper to your field supervisor.

For the Interview:

  • Prepare for the interview: know your schedule of availability; bring a resumé and writing sample.
  • Do some research: look at the website; find out what their mission statement is; read magazines or literature about them; determine the population they serve; etc.
  • Be persistent in scheduling an interview and courteous in follow-ups.
  • Wear business-casual, not campus, clothing.
  • Ask questions to determine if the internship is what you are looking for: the sorts of projects you may be assigned, experience necessary, the environment, possible schedules, etc.
  • Write a thank-you email after the interview.

3. The internship director, Ruth Fairbanks, will provide you with two contracts detailing a) the kinds of writing you will be doing during the internship and b) the number of hours you will be working which you, your supervisor, and the internship director will sign. Once these contracts are completed, you will receive a permission number to register.

After the Interview:

  • Be professional in your appearance and attitude. In on-campus placements and in general, take your cue from the office.
  • Address all staff formally by last names (Mr. or Ms.) until asked to do otherwise.
  • Be punctual.
  • Avoid absenteeism.
  • Alert your supervisor if you will be late or unable to work, and make up the time.
  • Follow through on tasks assigned, directives, policy, and procedures. Keep your promises.
  • Take initiative in communicating about task possibilities.
  • When you finish a task, ask for another.
  • Approach assignments with creativity and a good attitude.
  • Be non-judgmental in your interaction with staff and clients.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Maintain a professional relationship.
  • Smile and enjoy the experience. Always do more than the minimum.
  • If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Use the skills you already have: analytical, editorial, communication, etc.
  • Check the spelling and punctuation of everything you write including e-mails.

Do Not:

  • Present a casual, laissez-faire attitude towards your internship.
  • Be close-minded about learning new skills.
  • Be unreliable in terms of assignments.
  • Do the minimum required.
  • Disappear for long periods without contacting your supervisor.
  • Send your supervisor or placement staff inappropriate personal emails or pictures that can be construed as offensive or suggestive.