The Professional and Public Writing major focuses on connecting classroom learning to professional experiences. Most P2W majors complete at least two internships, typically during their junior and senior years after completing the P2W core courses. Many students actually complete three or more high-value internships before they graduate.

P2W courses provide students with skills and knowledge that make them competitive for a wide range of internships, literally all around the world. These internship experiences might last an entire semester or be project-based; they might be based in East Lansing, New York City, London, or be conducted online; they might involve working for a local nonprofit organization, an international publishing company, or a startup design firm. Many P2W internships are paid.

What do P2Wers actually do in their internships? Here’s a short list of recent job titles for P2W interns:

  • Communication and Development Intern
  • Content Strategy Intern
  • Copy Editor
  • Design Intern
  • Digital Marketing Intern
  • Editorial Intern
  • Graphic Design Intern
  • Marketing Intern
  • PR Intern
  • Social Media Intern
  • Technical Writing Intern
  • Video Production Intern
  • Web Development Intern
  • Writing Intern

The P2W program maintains a strong network of alums who share experiences and contacts. Dr. Casey Miles, a P2W faculty member who serves as an academic and professional advisor, is also the P2W internship education coordinator. Every semester she offers workshops and one-on-one advising to help connect P2W students to the best available internship opportunities. More information about internship opportunities can also be discovered by contacting Maggie Harris, the Internship and Alumni Coordinator for CAL: harri486@msu.edu.