Writing Internship Program

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Available Internships

The following are organizations that have participated in our internship program in the past or that have said they are willing to participate. Note that not every placement is available every semester. Before beginning the application process, Google the organization you are interested in to familiarize yourself with it. Do not contact any potential placement until you have met with the instructor.

If you do not see a placement that interests you, or if you are interested in interning at an organization not on our list, we will work to create a customized placement for you.

The skills required for most placements include: Sound oral and written communication skills; solid command of English grammar, usage, and syntax; clerical skills; attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects; general computer and Internet skills; good telephone skills; ability to work under deadlines; self-motivation; willingness to learn. In addition, some placements require familiarity with specific computer programs, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PhotoShop, InDesign, InCopy, Outlook, SnagIt, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe Acrobat, RoboHelp, Reprographics, WebWorks, MS Publisher, AutoCad, or Adobe Technical Communcation suite.


Tasks you might be assigned in a publishing internship include: Inputting and compiling information for listings, schedules, etc.; proofreading; fact-checking; copyediting articles written by other authors; compiling information for other writers' articles; researching and writing your own articles; updating websites; assisting at photo shoots; and "grunt" work.

4pm magazine
CNI/NOW Newspapers
Cream City Review, The
Daily Reporter/Wisconsin Law Journal
Furrow Undergraduate Literary Arts Review
Hintz News, Features, Photos
Irish American Post
Italian Times
Kalmbach Publishing
Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazines (M Magazine)
Milwaukee Magazine
Ozaukee News Graphic
People's Books Cooperative
Reader's Digest-Milwaukee
Rethinking Schools
Reunions Magazine
Riverwest Currents
Shepherd Express
ThirdCoast Digest
Today's TMJ4
Today's Wisconsin Woman Magazine of Greater Milwaukee
Trade Press Publishing
West Bend Daily News
Wisconsin Trails

Public Relations/Advertising/Corporate Communications

Tasks you might be assigned in a public relations, advertising, or corporate communications internship include: writing press releases and promotional pieces such as brochures and newsletters; proofreading; fact-checking; editing copy written by other writers; doing background research for various projects; drafting copy for magazine articles for placement; updating websites; assisting with mass mailings; data entry; and "grunt" work.

Bartoli Film Works
Bender, Browning, Dolby & Sanderson Advertising
Bluemark Films
Brady Communications
Brady Corporation
Ellingsen + Brady
Executive Director Inc.
Hoffman York
Lammi Sports Marketing
Langer Group, The
McFarland Group, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Stir Marketing, LLC
VISIT Milwaukee
Zizzo Group Advertising and Public Relations

Not-for-Profit Agencies

Tasks you might be assigned in a nonprofit internship include: Writing press releases and promotional pieces such as brochures and newsletters; assisting with grant proposals; proofreading; fact-checking; editing copy written by other writers; doing background research for various projects; working with volunteers; assisting in coordination of special events; updating websites; assisting with mass mailings; data entry; and "grunt" work.

Acacia Theatre Company
American Lung Association of Wisconsin
Badger Association of the Blind
Betty Brinn Children's Museum
Cedarburg Cultural Center
Charles Allis Art Museum/Villa Terrace
Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee
Discovery World/Pier Wisconsin
Donors Forum of Wisconsin
Easter Seals of Southeastern Wisconsin
Film Wisconsin
Grand Avenue Club
Hartford Avenue School
Helen Bader Foundation
Historic Milwaukee
Hope House
Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee
Ko Thi Dance Company
Legal Action of Wisconsin
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Film
Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Milwaukee River Work Group
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
North Point Lighthouse
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Skylight Opera Company
Social Development Commission
United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin (UCP-SEW)
Urban Ecology Center
UWM Alumni Association
UWM: Center for Urban Initiatives and Research
UWM: Center on Age and Community
UWM: Department of English Creative Writing Program
UWM: School of Continuing Education (Arts, Humanities, and Science)
UWM: Women's Resource Center
Walker's Point Center for the Arts
West Allis Senior Center
Wisconsin Black Historical Society
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
WISPIRG (Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group)
Woodland Pattern Book Center

Technical Writing

Writing/proofreading/updating/reformatting technical procedures, software error messages, quick reference cards, training materials; updating online help files; interviewing subject matter experts; updating websites; assisting in generating ideas for future manuals, training materials, helps systems, and writing/development processes; and "grunt" work.

Robert W. Baird & Co.
CH2M Hill
Force America
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Ken Cook Company
Curt G. Joa, Inc.
Manpower International Inc.
Penta Technologies, Inc.
Power Test, Inc.
QTI (Quad/Tech International)
Ritter & Fernandez, LLP
RR Group
Thomson Reuters
U.S. Bank, Learning & Knowledge Management
Write Now! Consulting

Last updated February 2012