Tech Writing Internships

Subject: Tech Writing Internships
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 13:08:05 -0700

Hi all,

I have been informed by my management that there may be budget
to bring in some interns this year. Never having hosted an intern or
been one, I went browsing to see what the parameters of a good tech
writing internship might be, but mostly what I found was a bunch of
companies looking for "cheap summer help" rather than offering
any kind of learning experience. So, *if* you meet all three of the
following, I have a question for you...

1. You took formal education for a tech writing/com degree
or certificate...
2. You interned during your education...
3. You feel that your internship was a *good* experience for you

And the question is, what about it made it a good experience? Did
the tech pubs manager and/or writers provide any mentoring or
advising beyond just treating you like an entry level writer, or was
it a good experience *because* they treated you like an entry level

I suspect that what my upper management is really thinking may be
"cheap summer help," but if I do host someone called an intern, I'd
like to make sure I actually provide something useful to the intern.

Gene Kim-Eng


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