Real World Learning

Pitt-Johnstown Professional Writing

Professional Writing

Real World learning at Pitt-Johnstown is a unique blend of academics and experiential learning.

Through our distinctive programs, exceptional performance is derived through a learning process that gives students an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. This is accomplished through opportunities including internships, service learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences. 

The Real World Action Program is a University-wide initiative designed to guide students through a series of programs, activities and experiences that complement their academic studies.

Careers in Professional Writing

Professional Writing Internship Opportunities 

Supervised internships in the community allow Pitt-Johnstown writing majors to work for several hours each week in a professional setting. Interns write and edit printed and digital material, honing their professional skills, and gaining real-world experience.

Eligible writing students must have at least junior standing and a 3.0 overall grade point average. They must have completed EngWrt 0053 and at least nine credits of English writing or journalism coursework. For a list of currently available internships, please contact the coordinator of professional writing, Michael Cox, PhD, 3230A Biddle Hall.

The internship course, EngWrt 1950, can be taken for three or six credits (for 9 or 18 hours each week). Students often interview with the organization sponsoring the internship. They must then be signed into the internship course by the coordinator of professional writing.