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PTWC QUALIFYING INTERNSHIPS

To earn the Professional & Technical Writing Certificate, students must take a 3 credit internship as ENG 4940, COM 3945, IDS 3949, or as a 3 credit internship arranged by their home department.

English Majors: English majors who intend to earn the PTWC should take ENG 4940: English Internship (contact Dr. Wendy Hinshaw). ENG 4940 is pre-approved for the PTWC (it counts as 3 of 6 credits required towards Category I).

Communication Majors: Communication majors who intend to earn the PTWC should take COM 3945: Communication Internship (contact Dr. Neil Santaniello). COM 3945 is pre-approved for the PTWC (it counts as 3 of 6 credits required towards Category I).

All Other Majors: All other majors who intend to earn the PTWC must take a 3 credit internship arranged by their home department OR arranged by the FAU Career Center (as IDS 3945: Professional Internship Course). Students who take their internships as IDS or arranged by their home department must get approval to ensure their internship counts towards their Category I requirements.

Internships taken outside of ENG or COM will be decided on a case-by-case basis, but in general, internships that count for the PTWC:

  • must be 3 or more credits, taken as a for-credit course arranged through an FAU academic department OR through the FAU Career Center as IDS 3949: Professional Internship Course
  • must represent a new learning experience (no PTWC internship credit given for current or past employment or volunteer activities, nor retroactively for previous internships)
  • must adhere to all evaluation criteria of the arranging department or the Career Center; may be additional requirements for PTWC
  • must involve professional or technical communications as the bulk of the student's internship/educational experience
  • must be approved by the PTWC director to ensure it fulfills PTWC requirements.
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INTERNSHIP APPROVAL

ENG 4940 and COM 3945 are preapproved for the PTWC. 

All other internships must be approved to ensure fulfillment of PTWC requirements.

For approval, students must submit all internship paperwork to the PTWC director the semester before she or he intends to take the internship. Internship paperwork includes any/all departmental or Career Center policies and procedures, contracts, internship work descriptions or syllabi, and evaluation/assessment criteria. Students taking IDS 3949 must also submit a completed copy of their "Professional Internship (IDS 3949) Student Agreement."

If this paperwork isn't explicit about the sorts of professional and/or technical communication required for the internship, an additional letter, memo, or email from the internship supervisor may be required. (this communication can be brief, and should  list the types of professional communications the intern will engage in; confirm that professional and/or technical communications are the bulk of/central to the internship experience.)

Approval for PTWC is not guaranteed, even if the conditions above are met. For that reason, students are strongly encouraged to submit paperwork for approval as early as possible—at the latest, before the start of the semester in which a student is registered for an internship.

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INTERNSHIP QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

I'm taking ENG 4940 / COM 3945. Do I need to have my internship approved for the PTWC?
No. Internships taken as ENG 4940 or COM 3945 are preapproved for the PTWC. There is no need to get approval from the PTWC director.
I'm an English major. Where can I find more information about ENG 4940: English Internship?
On the English Internships page, you will find information about agencies, placements, and internship experiences English majors can expect as part of ENG 4940, as well as information about how to apply.
For more information or questions about ENG 4940: English Internship, contact Dr. Wendy Hinshaw, Director of the Internship Program at whinshaw@fau.edu.
I'm a Communication major. Where can I find more information about COM 3945: Communication Internship?
On the SCMS Internships page, you will find information about agencies, placements, and internship experiences Communication majors can expect as part of COM 3945, as well as information about how to apply.
For more information or questions about COM 3945: Communication Internship, contact Dr. Neil Santaniello at nsantane@fau.edu.
How do I arrange an internship through the FAU Career Center?
To count towards a students' PTWC Category I credits, internships arranged through the FAU Career Center must 1) be at least 3 credits, 2) represent a new learning experience, 3) adhere to all Career Center evaluation criteria, 4) involve professional or technical communications as the bulk of the students' internship/educational experience, and 5) must be approved by the PTWC director.
See "All Other Majors" section above for details and more information.
I'm taking IDS 3949. Do I need to have my internship approved for the PTWC?
Yes. IDS 3949 internships must be approved to count towards fulfillment of PTWC requirements.
How do I get my IDS: 3949 internship approved for the PTWC?
Please see "Internship Approval" above.
Can a 1 or 2 credit internship count towards the PTWC?
No. To count for the PTWC, internships must be 3 (or more) credits.
My internship isn't/wasn't for credit. Can it count for the PTWC?
No. To count for the PTWC, internships must be 3 (or more) credits.
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*ENC 4930 | Technical Writing is a PTWC Category II course.
 
 
† ENC 4930 | Writing for Social Media pre-approved as a PTWC Category II "Special Topics" elective.
‡ CRW 4723 | Literary Publishing & Editing pre-approved as a PTWC Category II "Special Topics" elective.
Students may take no more than one special topics elective in fulfillment of Category II requirements. Special topics courses other than ENC 4930 Writing for Social Media and CRW 4723 Literary Publishing & Editing must be approved by the PTWC director. Please send a syllabus to jmason32@fau.edu