PTWC PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT
About a month before graduation, students who intend to earn the PTWC must submit a PTWC portfolio with the four genres/documents described below: 1) a résumé, 2) a professional report, 3) a job letter or other example of professional correspondence, and 4) one other professional writing sample.
Portfolio documents may be revised/updated documents written as part of a students' coursework or may be from an internship, paid work experience, or volunteer opportunities.
Portfolio documents should be written for professional audiences/contexts and should demonstrate a students' professional communication skills. Academic papers—argumentative essays, literary analysis, and literary criticism—are not appropriate for the PTWC portfolio.
Students' PTWC portfolios must contain four genres/documents described below: 1) a résumé, 2) a professional report, 3) a job letter or other example of professional correspondence, and 4) one other professional writing sample.
résuméat least one single-spaced page
PTWC portfolios must include an up-to-date résumé (or CV) written or revised within the last six months. Résumés should be professionally written and revised/edited for clarity and correctness.
job letter or other professional correspondenceat least one single-spaced page
PTWC portfolios must include either a job letter or another example of professional correspondence. (job letters and professional correspondence should be at least one single-spaced page).
job letter: A job letter (or resume cover letter) is sent with a professional resume as part of an employment application. Typically, job letters express interest in a position, discuss qualifications, and provide detail about items from the resume—details that are particularly relevant to the skills, requirements, experience, knowledges, and/or abilities in a job advertisement.
other professional correspondence: Other professional correspondence includes letters, memos, or emails written to professional audiences for professional purposes.
professional reportat least two single-spaced pages
PTWC portfolios must include a professional report—it may be short (at least two single-spaced pages) and may be written in a variety of subgenres. Examples of professional reports—those written for professional audiences in professional contexts—include progress reports, feasibility studies, proposals, recommendation reports, research reports, SWOT analyses, case studies, etc.
other professional writing sampleat least two single-spaced pages
PTWC portfolios must include at least one other writing sample (not already represented in the portfolio) that demonstrates the students' ability to write professionally. The other professional writing sample can be a document written as part of a students' coursework, internship, paid work experience, or volunteer experience.
Examples of other professional writing samples—written for professional audiences in professional contexts—include:
SUBMISSION & DEADLINE
Please save portfolio documents as .pdf files with your last name and document type in the filename. For example, Benedict Cumberbatch would save his resume as Cumberbatch-Resume.pdf and his job letter as Cumberbatch-Letter.pdf, etc.
Email files as separate attachments to email@example.com with the subject line "PTWC Portfolio Submission."
For Fall 2021, send your portfolio no later than 5pm on Friday, November 12th.
The tentative deadline for Spring 2022 is 5pm on Friday, May 8.