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Master of Science in Professional Writing and Technical Communication

Documentation Schedules: Directed Research, Field Experience (internship), Thesis, Capstone Project, and Graduate Portfolio

ENG 6380 Field Experience (internship) in Professional Writing and Technical Communication

Spring and Fall Semester due dates for a proposal that leads to a thesis or capstone project.

Weeks 1 - 3

Field Experience / Internship

  • Perform internship tasks assigned by your workplace.
  • Beginning on the first day, keep a daily log of your internship activities, noting briefly the date and the type of work you did, as well as the amount of time worked each day that you worked. For example, "Jan. 27, 200X Attended intern orientation session. 1.5 hours. Discussed extent of responsibility with supervisor. Created an electronic folder and sub folders for tasks. 2 hours"

    NOTE: Your internship tasks or other needs of your workplace sponsor may suggest a suitable topic for your capstone project proposal.

Preparatory Work for Capstone Project
  • Write a one-page explanation of your project capstone project proposal form Adobe Acrobat Reader Download Link Icon and consult with potential faculty advisors about your project explanation. Submit the preliminary capstone proposal form to the Graduate Advisory Committee. Begin application to UHD's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects and obtain workplace releases, if necessary.

    NOTE: Your internship tasks or other needs of your workspace sponsor may suggest a suitable topic for your capstone project proposal.

3rd Monday
(or before)

Preparatory Work for Capstone Project

Submit your one-page project explanation and faculty signatures to the Graduate Coordinator. See proposal form.

Week 4 - 8

Field Experience / Internship and Preparatory Work for Capstone Project
  • Continue working on your internship and internship documentation
  • In consultation with your approved (or designated) faculty advisors, draft your capstone project proposal (capstone project proposal form Adobe Acrobat Reader Download Link Icon).

8th Monday
(or before)

Field Experience / Internship

  • Submit to the Graduate Coordinator a 250-word progress report on your internship. In the internship progress report, describe the work you have been doing, including any problems or concerns you may have. The report may be in memo or letter format. You may deliver it in person or email it as an attachment.
  • Also submit a mid-term log of internship activities, stating the total hours worked to date and identifying the tasks on which you worked.

Week 10

Field Experience / Internship

  • Continue working on your internship tasks.

Capstone Project Proposal Response from Graduate Advisory Committee
  • Committee officially approves (or withholds approval) of your capstone project proposal, including advice on how to refine and/or develop your project.

Week 15

Field Experience / Internship

  • For your internship, submit to the Graduate Coordinator three items:
    1. Your final typed log with the descriptions and totals of all hours worked on internship tasks.
    2. Samples of your internship tasks: material that you wrote, edited, or designed. If that is not possible due to such reasons as confidentiality restraints, describe in detail the material you worked on.
    3. A final report (500-1,000) words. Write, organize, and format this report to demonstrate what you know about writing reports. Employ skills you learned when writing reports for your MSPWTC core courses and electives. At a minimum, discuss the following issues in your final report:
      • a) The internship as you first envisioned it.
      • b) The internship as it actually turned out, including a list of the tasks you accomplished
      • c) An analysis of what you learned: consider how (or whether) your previous work in the MSPWTC prepared you for the internship; identify any gaps in your preparation that the MSPWTC might have filled; provide advice for students considering undertaking a similar internship.
  • Please deliver this report, the final daily log, and your work samples to the Graduate Coordinator either by hand or by email. If you will not complete the internship by the end of the semester, you should have notified the Graduate Coordinator well before the final report is due.

Preparatory Work for Capstone Project
Register for capstone project (ENG 6392) with approval of the Graduate Coordinator.


Field Experience / Internship

You will receive a grade of either S (satisfactory or U (unsatisfactory) on your internship. An incomplete internship (based on the tasks assigned to you by your workplace internship sponsor) must be completed no later than the end of the next long semester.

MSPWTC Degree Coordinator
Moosally, M., Ph.D
(713) 221-8254

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