The Writing Internship Program

The Writing Internship Program is designed for undergraduate English majors and minors (or non-majors pursuing the Writing Certificate) to:

  • gain professional writing and editing experience before graduation,
  • discover the functions and effects of their writing outside of the classroom, and
  • experience the multitude of ways that they can target strong and varied writing skills to a specific position or career.

To apply, students should have completed (or be taking during the time of the internship) one of the department's advanced writing courses:  Report & Proposal Writing, Business Writing, Technical Communication, or Web Writing.  Students can seek the assistance of the internship coordinator in finding an opportunity or can arrange their own internships through professional contacts.  Students can also earn earn course credit for their work through ENG 485, Writing Internship.

Check out 2013-14 internship openings below

Disclaimer: Notice of internships, jobs and volunteer positions by the Department of English of the University of Dayton is merely a service to our students and in no way indicates endorsement of these employers or their programs, inspection of these businesses or organizations, or guarantees subsequent approval of academic credit for an internship.

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On Campus Sports

Organization:  On Campus Sports

Internship Position:  Campus Managing Editor

Internship location:  UD Campus

Website: oncampussports.com

Internship Description:  On Campus Sports (OCS) staffs a team of student journalists at Division I universities nationwide.  We call these Campus Sites. The Campus Managing Editor leads a Campus Site staff of Writers, Photojournalists and Video Broadcasters, who produce content on a regular basis.

You and your staff cover men's and women's varsity athletics at your school and around your conference.  You can also produce national stories (for example, pieces on major breaking news of events like the Final Four).

The Campus Managing Editor (CME) position puts you in charge of your university's Campus Site.  This is a critically important leadership position.  The primary task for a CME is to help recruit prospective Writers, Photojournalists, and Broadcasters to join your staff.  AS a CME, you will also:

  • collaborate with your campus team and your Conference Editor to plan immediate and long-term coverage,
  • help edit and publish stories for your Campus Site,
  • build and maintain a relationship with your school's athletic department, and
  • approve student journalists through the application process and recommend students for promotions.

Desired Skills/Background:  You should have a good understanding of AP style, along with a passion for covering sports and a strong work ethic.  Previous leadership experience preferred but not required.  Communication, Journalism, and Business majors desired, but not mandatory.

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On Campus Sports

Organization:  On Campus Sports

Internship Position:  Journalist

Internship Location:  UD Campus

Website: oncampussports.com

Internship Description:  Writers will:

  • submit at least one article per week (minimum article length:  300 words), focusing on your school's sports teams.  You also can produce stories that appeal to regional or national audiences,
  • attach a photo with each article (either your own original image or an appropriate image that resides in OCS's media library), and
  • participate in one weekly planning meeting with your fellow OCS staff members.

Desired Skills/Background:  You should have a good understanding of AP style, along with a passion for covering sports and a strong work ethic.  Communication/Journalism majors desired, but not mandatory.  Previous journalism experience preferred but not required.

Paid/Unpaid:  Unpaid

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One Call Now - Digital Marketing & Events Intern

Organization:  One Call Now

Organization Address:  726 Grant Street, Troy, Ohio 45373

Websitehttp://onecallnow.com

Contact Name/Internship Supervisor:  Lisa Trentman

Internship Description:  This paid marketing internship will work with the Marketing Communications team in the implementation of trade show details and digital marketing efforts including SEO, analytics, and HTML creation. The position will be for 6-12 months.

Desired Skills/Background:

  • Strong project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work well under deadline pressure
  • Must be organized and have a high attention to detail
  • Smart, analytical, creative, motivated – “gets it”, comes up with new ideas and ability to think on your feet
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic, rapidly changing, team-based environment with a positive attitude and enthusiasm
  • Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and HTML
  • Familiarity with Content Management System(s) and web analytics platforms such as Google Analytics preferred
  • Keen interest in digital marketing, marketing strategy, search marketing, inbound marketing, new media and technology – HubSpot experience a plus
  • Recent graduate or currently enrolled in a marketing, communications, or SEO/SEM related program
  • Experience with trade shows is preferred
  • Physically able to lift 50 lbs.

Application Process: You may apply directly at  www.onecallnow.com/careers.

Paid/Unpaid: $10-$12 per hour, 1099 position for 30 hours per week, 6-12 month term

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One Call Now - Marketing Intern

Organization:  One Call Now

Organization Address:  726 Grant Street, Troy, Ohio 45373

Website: http://onecallnow.com

Contact Name/Internship Supervisor:  Lisa Trentman

Internship Description:  This paid Business Marketing Internship consists of working with both the Marketing Coordinators and Managers in the implementation of marketing strategies in each of the Business, Education, and Religious/Nonprofit verticals and associated sub-verticals.

Desired Skills/Background:  Majors most likely to be interested include Marketing, Public Relations, Business, or Communication. You should have a strong combination of the following qualifications, but not necessarily all of them.

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter, independent, and quick-to-learn
  • Expert level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Social Media experience a plus!
  • Attentive to details
  • Ability to work well with multiple teams, and accept direction and guidance from experienced marketing staff and others within the company
  • Highly motivated and energetic
  • In process of completing a Marketing or related degree

Application Process: You may apply directly at  www.onecallnow.com/careers.

Paid/Unpaid: $10-$12 per hour, 1099 position for 30 hours per week, 6-12 month term

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IHG Capital & My Media Hunter

Organization: IHG Capital & My Media Hunter

Organization Address: 6234 Far Hills Avenue 3rd Floor Dayton, Ohio 45459

Website: www.ihgcapital.com (under construction), mymediahunter.com

Contact Name/Internship Supervisor: Candice Hunter

Internship Description: Unique opportunity to work with two entrepreneurs at two separate but complimentary companies - one a capital services firm, the other a marketing firm. The right candidate(s) will have the opportunity to make this experience a powerful resume builder.

Desired Intern Skills/Background: Majors most likely to be interested include English, Public Relations, Marketing, Business, or Finance. You should have a strong combination of the following qualifications, but not necessarily all of them.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, including various social media websites
  • Understanding of marketing and business development
  • Strong technical background a plus
  • Strong research skills to assist in anything from trends on Wall Street and capital services to ghost blogging for a home healthcare website.
  • Self-starter, tenacious, team player, adaptable and strong ability to multi-task

Application Process: Please contact Nicky Adams, Writing Internship Coordinator, at nadams1@udayton.edu for details.

Paid/Unpaid: Unpaid with a performance-based stipend or reasonable bonus awarded on a case by case basis.

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Discover the Region - Ohio Aerospace and Defense

Organization:  Discover the Region - Ohio Aerospace and Defense

Organization Address:  10 West Second Street Suite 310 Dayton, Ohio 45402

Websitewww.ohioaerospaceanddefense.com

Contact Name/Internship Supervisor: Steven W. Feaster

Internship Description: Researching and writing journalistic and informative articles for various industry specific magazines (Medical, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defense) and Regional Economic Development Publications (Dayton, Northeast Ohio (Cleveland), Southwest/Northern Kentucky (Cincinnati) magazines. Topics will cover broad areas of content. Intern will coordinating deadlines with production of publications; will be working with marketing, communications, and public affairs personnel in public and private entities. Proofreading and editing content, style, and usage of copy for internal and external initiatives. The ability to write clear, concise, engaging print and online copy for internal and external initiatives. Ensuring that copy conforms to layout and other design restrictions, while maintaining consistent voice and style.

Desired Intern Skills/Background: Must possess solid writing skills. Interest in being published and getting practice writing on a host of topics. Assistance with researching trends for editorial ideas. Must be a creative thinker, have strong organizational and time-management skills. Intern will receive the title of assistant editor, bylines for stories written, and the opportunity to work with company long term.

Preference will be given to students with minors and/or concentrations in the following fields: Marketing, Journalism, Electronic Media, Public Relations, and Marketing

Application Process: Please contact Nicky Adams, Writing Internship Coordinator, at nadams1@udayton.edu for details.

Paid/Unpaid:  Unpaid

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Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity

Organization: Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity

Organization Address: 1041 S. Patterson Blvd

Website: www.daytonhabitat.org

Contact Name: Frieda Brigner, Development Director Internship Supervisor: Frieda Brigner, Development Director Internship Description: The intern may draft, revise, and complete:

  • donor letters
  • donor invitations
  • annual letter drafts
  • grant proposals
  • final reports
  • newsletter articles
  • materials for development department

Desired Intern Skills/Background: The University of Dayton Department of English Writing Internship (English 485) prerequisites are sufficient.

Paid/Unpaid Unpaid

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Streetpeace After-School Program

Organization: Streetpeace After-school Program (cosponsored by Ruskin School and East End Community Services)

Organization Address:  624 Xenia Avenue, Dayton, 45410

Websitewww.east-end.org

Contact Name:  Kelly Bohrer, Fitz Center at UD, 937-229-4642 kbohrer1@udayton.edu

Internship Supervisor: Ms. Julie Mcglaun, a language arts teacher at Ruskin School, is the director of the daily afterschool program for 6th-8th graders and will supervise this project.

Internship Description: Assist 6th, 7th and 8th graders every Thursday (2:30 to 4:00) in producing a newsletter and their own literary/ social commentary magazine called PeaceSoup.  The students write and accept writings by their classmates and the intern will help them with writing, review of submissions, editing, design, layout, printing and distribution.  The ideal candidate will be a strong leader who is globally aware and familiar with youth culture and contemporary urban reality.

These projects are part of the service learning component in Ruskin School’s afterschool program called Streetpeace, along with an annual play with a social justice theme. The M-F Streetpeace program, now in its third year, covers skills in conflict resolution, weekly peer mediation, service projects in the community, instruction in media literacy, and other activities designed to help the youth learn to respect differences and join adults in the neighborhood in creating true community. The program is sponsored by Ruskin and East End Community Services, a nonprofit helping East Dayton cope with high unemployment, poor housing and poverty. This area is equally known for its rich mix of cultures and both East End and Ruskin work hard to encourage a sense of community among residents, predominantly Appalachian in the past, but now also including Latino, Mid-Eastern and other groups new to Dayton.

Desired Intern Skills/Background:  

  • Strong background (through coursework or experience) in journalism, literature and/or elementary education
  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, and usage
  • Magazine, newsletter, newspaper experience desired
  • Awareness and interest in learning more about social justice and urban issues and ability to translate them into youth-friendly language
  • Ability to establish rapport with youth
  • Willingness to learn about other cultures
  • Creativity and attitude that motivates others
  • Ability to adjust to changing circumstances while providing a role model of reliability and stability

Paid/Unpaid:  Unpaid

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We Care Arts, Inc.

Organization: We Care Arts, Inc.

Position:  Development Marketing Assistant

Organization Address:  3035 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, Ohio 45424

Websitewww.wecarearts.org 

Contact Info/Supervisor:  Terry Schalnat, 937-252-3937 or tschalnat@wecarearts.org

Description: Fall - Help with writing news articles for publicity, contacting newspapers and other publications for free ads. Help with development letters and calls to donors and businesses. Also assist with publicizing through social media, writing thank you notes, and updating database with development information.

Winter/Spring - Help organize and write annual report and help to organize and submit grants.

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Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

Organization: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Sponsorship Intern

Organization Address: 400 E. Fifth St., Suite C, Dayton, Ohio 45402

Website: edexcellence.net 

Contact Info: Whitney Gilbert, (937) 227-3368, wgilbert@edexcellence.net

Internship Supervisor: Theda Sampson

Internship Description: The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, with offices in Dayton and Columbus, as well as Washington D.C., provides internships to individuals interested in improving K-12 education. We are currently seeking an intern to work in the Dayton office. Internships with the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation offer diverse and challenging responsibilities, including:

Assisting with the Fordham Foundation's Community School Sponsorship Program in Ohio - The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation is devoted exclusively to the reform of K-12 education. Current projects include: recruiting and directly supporting the opening of high quality schools, including the first Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) and Building Excellent Schools Institutions in Columbus; analyzing legislation, statutes, regulations, and guidance related to school law; providing research and guidance to school leaders and school personnel; development and maintenance of a web-based compliance system for nine schools; development of assessment and site visit schools for community (charter) schools; supporting schools by providing technical assistance, training, and assistance with developing capacity.

Research and Writing - Primary topics of interest to the Fordham Foundation are: high academic standards, assessments and accountability systems; charter schools and school choice; curriculum and pedagogy; school finance; teacher quality; and the state and federal role in education. We are seeking interns with experience and interest in the education field who can perform high-quality research (including basic statistical analyses) and write clearly and persuasively. Attending trainings and information sessions on K-12 education issues may be necessary in order to gather timely information.

Office Duties - In addition to research and writing work, interns will assist with day-to-day office operations, including making copies, faxing, answering e-mails, assisting with the web site, planning for events/meetings, assisting Fordham staff as necessary, and other related duties.

Desired Intern Skills/Background: We seek resourceful, intelligent, computer and web-savvy, hard- working individuals who are capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating, and often intense, work environment. Please visit our website (listed above) for more information about our organization and click on "Dayton and Ohio Projects" for specific information about our work in Ohio. A modest stipend will be available.

Application Process: Individuals interested in a winter, spring, or summer internship in the Dayton office should send a cover letter, resume and 3-5 page writing sample to: Whitney Gilbert, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 400 E. Fifth St., Suite C, Dayton, Ohio 45402. The deadline for internships is rolling. The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Paid/Unpaid: Paid

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Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity

Organization: Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity

Organization Address: 1041 S. Patterson Blvd.

Website: daytonhabitat.org

Contact Name: Frieda Brigner, Development Director Internship Supervisor: Frieda Brigner, Development Director Internship

Description: The intern may draft, revise, and complete:

  • donor letters
  • donor invitations
  • annual letter drafts
  • grant proposals
  • final reports
  • newsletter articles
  • materials for development department

Desired Intern Skills/Background: The University of Dayton Department of English Writing Internship (English 485) prerequisites are sufficient.

Paid/Unpaid Unpaid

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Dayton Public Schools Public Information Office

Organization: Dayton Public Schools Public Information Office

Organization Address: 115 South Ludlow St. Dayton, OH 45402-1812 

Contact Name: Jill Moberley, APR, Public Information Officer, (937) 542-3054.

Internship Description:

  • interpreting written facts (who, what, when, where, and why) submitted to the public information office from more than 50 district schools and departments to produce news items.
  • writing news releases, tip sheets, public service announcements, and news items for the district's employee newsletter.
  • conducting telephone interviews and verifying facts and figures.
  • researching information for television scripts, speeches, and news items.
  • logging and monitoring news clips from 4 papers to ensure that files are up to date.
  • preparing materials for media packets.
  • other duties as assigned.

Desired Intern Skills/Background: The position is open to college juniors or seniors who are majoring in English, communications, journalism, or related studies. Successful candidates must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and provide written work samples for review.

Paid/Unpaid: Unpaid

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