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Internships

You can arrange an internship with organizations off-campus, and sometimes on campus, that have technical communication-related projects. You register for internships using a special form, and you may not count toward the internship any hours worked before you have registered for the internship. If you already have significant work experience in technical communication, you may petition your advisor to substitute a MATC elective course for ENGL 590.

Internships must meet the following requirements:

  1. Internship work must occur during the semester in which you enroll in ENGL 590. You cannot receive ENGL 590 credit for past work experiences.
  2. Forty-five hours of internship work is required for each credit hour. For example, 135 hours of work equals a three-credit internship.
  3. Internship work must focus on one or more stages in the development of documents typically created by technical communication professionals. For example, interning as a telemarketer or writing a short story are not appropriate internship experiences for students enrolled in the MATC program.
  4. Internship work must be directed by a qualified supervisor. For example, if a local accountant with no Web design experience wants a Web site designed for his business, there is no qualified supervisor to support you. Even if the accountant is willing to assume that your academic background ensures high-quality work, the University cannot grant academic credit.
  5. Internship work must be approved by your advisor and by the English department’s Internship Coordinator.

Past technical communication internships have included the following types of work:

  • Developing proposals
  • Designing Web sites
  • Revising manuals for technical products
  • Conducting usability tests
  • Researching, writing, and editing fundraising documents
  • Creating XML documents
  • Converting a print manual to a Web-based manual
  • Performing a needs assessment for Web services
  • Creating equipment-specific work aids
  • Assisting in the production of commercial magazines

For additional details, contact the Internship Coordinator, Professor Jeff Westover (JeffreyWestover@boisestate.edu), or visit the English Internship Web site. You can access the site as a guest by doing the following:

  1. Go to http://blackboard.boisestate.edu.
  2. Select the User Login button.
  3. Select the Preview button.
  4. Select the Courses tab.
  5. Enter “English Department Internship” in the Course Search field, and then select the Go button.
  6. Select the Preview button.