MA students in Professional and Technical Communication must complete a 6-hour practicum (or internship). To be eligible for the practicum, students must earn a B or higher in all core courses. In order to receive course credit for the practicum, the position must meet the following criteria:
- be advertised as an internship or as a full-time or part-time position in or directly related to technical writing/communication
- allow you to work on site (no contract work, no volunteer work, no working off site, no working from home)
- provide a minimum of 20 hours per week for the long semester, 20 hours per week for both summer terms, or 40 hours a week for one summer term
- be approved by Dr. Frith and the graduate curriculum committee
Once Dr. Frith approves the practicum, you must follow these guidelines:
- You must submit bi-weekly progress reports to Dr. Frith as an e-mail attachment. These reports should include information about your work, an evaluation of what you have learned, and samples of your writing. If your writing is proprietary, please contact Dr. Frith so he can work with you and your supervisor. You should follow the guidelines and format for writing a progress report. You may locate these guidelines and format requirements in any introductory technical communication text.
- Your supervisor must submit two confidential evaluations of your work to Dr. Frith: one at the mid-point and one at the end of the internship. You are responsible for informing your supervisor of these deadlines and requirements. Your supervisor may e-mail or fax the evaluations.
- Your supervisor must verify the number of hours per week you work and that you work on site. Your supervisor may include this information in the evaluations.
- You will complete a professional portfolio of your work. The portfolio should include the following:
- Samples of your work from the internship (when allowed by the employer)
- Samples of work from your classes
- Report, documenting what you learned in the internship
- You will give a formal presentation of your portfolio and internship experience. Please make arrangements with your employer now. You will present the portfolio to at least two faculty members in technical communication.
If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Jordan Frith, practicum coordinator.