The Internship

Launch your career as a writing professional, showcase your work in a web portfolio, and get paid for your writing as you earn college credit.

An online portfolio can be a big help when applying for grad school or your next job. You’ll have a big advantage over your competition if you can show paid experience. This internship provides that opportunity, just like it did for former greatwriting interns (and Fredonia English majors) Sara Rocco and Dan Hahn.

What’s the internship about? It’s learning to write about writing.

Just like Sara and Dan, you will be asked to write up to twelve 500-800 word blog articles about how to write effectively and how great writing helps people and organizations advance their ideas and missions. So you’ll learn by doing, by teaching, and by showing how it’s done.

A key point — as you have probably noticed by looking at my website, my business is helping companies in the technology industry market their products. I do that by providing them with website copy, white papers, case studies, and brochures. However, that is not what you will be asked to do. You do not have to know technology to be successful in this internship. The people who read my blog already know technology. Where they need help (and why they hire me) is in the area of writing so they can more effectively engage their audiences. Providing some of that help will be your job.

Practical concerns.

The internship is essentially a graduate-level course that we conduct over Skype. There will be two 1-hour sessions each week on a Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday schedule sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Those sessions will include an intensive one-on-one review of your writing, a discussion of assigned readings, and a discussion of the topic you will be writing about next. I will also be available in between sessions to answer questions by email or phone. Articles are due by 7:00 a.m. on the day we will review them.

You will be paid $80 for each article approved for publication. You will also earn 3 hours of course credit based on your attendance, session participation, knowledge of the material, and, of course, the quality of your writing. The learning contract will describe these requirements in greater detail.

All work will be submitted and reviewed in Microsoft Word.

There is a very short textbook assigned for the internship, which you should read by the first session —
Inbound Marketing, by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah. You do not have to buy the book; I will have the book sent from Amazon to your address.

Those are the basics. I hope you will apply for my internship!

Randy Cronk
Pay: $80 / approved article
Hours per Week: 12 (8 writing, 2 reading, 2 in class)
Duration: 12 weeks (24 sessions)
Course Credit: 3 credits (S/U)
Summer Sessions Start: 5/16/16
Fall Sessions Start: 8/29/16
Application Deadline: 4/1/16

To Apply:

  • Download and complete this writing test here
  • Provide a cover letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this internship
  • Provide a résumé, including GPA
  • Provide 3-5 writing samples that include at least 1 academic paper for one of your English classes, 1 creative writing sample and 1 expository writing sample (such as an essay or article)
  • Email the cover letter, writing test, résumé and writing samples to me as Microsoft Word attachments by the deadline (
  • Based on my review of your writing samples, a Skype interview may be scheduled
greatwriting intern, Lauren Moody, talks about the internship.

College interns Amanda Rogers (left) and Carly Morgan rap on greatwriting