ENC 4946 - Business and Technical Writing Internship Agreement
Spring 2012

College of Arts & Sciences University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee


NOTE: This agreement is required for arranging a for-academic-credit writing internship. For other types of internship, please contact Antonia Ripo of USFSM Career Services (tripo@sar.usf.edu, 941-359-4703).


Student Information


Student Name _______________________________________ USF ID _________________________

Local Phone ________________________ E-mail _________________________________________

Relevant writing courses completed by student:

Course Number & Title


Semester & Year














Course Information

Course number and title: ENC 4946.521, Writing Internship (3 credits)

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Thorold (Tod) Roberts

Semester/session and year in which credit is to be earned: Spring 2012

Course Reference Number (CRN): 91823

Name & email of applicant's USFSM Academic Advisor: _____________________________________

Total credit hours student will carry this semester/session (including internship) _________________

Internship hours per week, as agreed by student and sponsor: (minimum of 10 hours per week on average for a regular semester, and around 18 hours per week for the nine-week Summer C session; should total around 150 to 160 hours for the term; actual work schedule to be determined by student and sponsor)


Final grade (determined by faculty supervisor in consultation with sponsor): will be reported via Blackboard at end of term


Internship Sponsor

Organization/Company: _________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address (street or P.O. Box / city, state, zip): _________________________________________


Website Address: ______________________________________________________________________

Sponsor contact person and title: _________________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________      Email: _________________________________________


Internship Plan & Outcomes

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE -- the actual agreement will be customized for each internship; the student and the internship sponsor write this section and then submit the draft to Mr. Roberts for review.



     This Internship will provide practical experience in preparation of a newsletter and various fundraising appeals.

     Mr. Roberts (USF) will work closely with Ms. Johnson (ABC, Inc) to coordinate writing and editing tasks that will help the student learn the procedures of document conception and preparation, and well as how to work with a team, with management, and with company clients.

     Work will be coached, evaluated, and graded by standards similar to those used in other ENC courses at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

     The student will be expected to observe all policies and practices of ABC, Inc., including those concerned with confidentiality, security, and office procedures.

     Compensation, if any, is not a requirement of this plan and thus must be arranged directly between ABC, Inc., and the student.



By the end of this internship, the student should demonstrate competency in the following:




1. Demonstrate competence in planning and writing clear, concise, and complete business and technical documents that meet the stated needs of specific users and readers.

[to be determined]

2. Demonstrate proficiency in creating messages on time, on budget, and on target for the audiences or users being served.

[to be determined

3. Demonstrate familiarity with the nature and application of the media and types of publications or projects which a graduate in this program will be expected to understand and use effectively upon graduation.

[to be determined

4. Demonstrate competence and efficiency in understanding the intellectual dimensions of emerging concepts, media, and vocabulary, and applying those discoveries to business and technical communication projects beyond the student's current state of knowledge.

[to be determined

5. Demonstrate an ability to read, interview, interpret, and apply the forms of expression and knowledge required to serve as a bridge between advanced business and technical professionals and the lay users of those professionals' communications.

[to be determined



The undersigned have read and hereby agree to abide by the terms of this Internship Agreement.

Student Intern ________________________________________________________ Date ____________

Sponsor contact person _________________________________________________ Date ___________

Prof. T. Roberts, Faculty Supervisor ______________________________________ Date ____________

Dr. Jane Rose, Dean of Arts & Sciences ___________________________________ Date ____________

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

College of Arts and Sciences

Internship Waiver of Liability



I _______________________________________________________, being above (18) years of age, do hereby affirm:


I have voluntarily chosen to participate in the USF Sarasota-Manatee

(degree program) _____________________________________ internship

with (agency/business) ________________________________________.


1.     I am fully aware that possible risk of harm may arise in the course of this internship.


2.     I freely assume complete responsibility for any injuries, physical or mental, which I might sustain by participating in the Internship.


3.     I will not hold the USF Sarasota-Manatee liable for any injury which may befall me as a result of my participation in the internship, except any injury which may be sustained by me as a direct result of a willful or neglectful act on the part of an employee or agent of the USF Sarasota-Manatee.


4.     During my internship, I agree to abide by all rules and regulations of the agency/business.


5.     I will not divulge confidential material to anyone outside the agency/business during my internship or any time thereafter.


Intern signature ________________________________ Date ___________________________


Witnessed by ________________________________


Witness title/position ___________________________________ Date _____________________