Prospective Students

Creative Writing Internship

Benefits of an Internship

There are numerous advantages to participating in an internship:

  • Internships allow students to ‘try-on’ a job to see if they like it. It is an opportunity to compare what they ‘think’ the job might be like compared to what it actually is.
  • Students can apply their education in the field and receive mentorship and coaching from professionals in the industry.
  • Through internships, students will meet numerous industry professionals and start to develop their professional network. The contacts established in the field through an internship become critical upon graduation.  Industry contacts often assist students to secure work after graduation.
  • Students develop confidence in their skills and abilities during their internship and recognize the value of their knowledge.
  • During an internship, students will be exposed to the range of career opportunities in the field.
  • After the successful completion of an internship students will have an industry reference for future job applications.

What Graduates Have to Say About Their Internship

“I’m glad that I had the chance to try that style of writing out, and that I’ve learned that it’s not for me, and there is a lot of value in that.”

“As a novelist, this internship has allowed me the opportunity to get to know real people who lived full lives long before I was born. I’m excited to use aspects of these people’s lives as characters of my novels. Truth is stranger than fiction.”

“The internship is AWESOME! What a valuable experience that allows me to gain both knowledge and work experience and create networking contacts.”

“While a lot of the skills I practiced and developed were similar to the experience I’ve had with my journalism classes, there was a different level of professionalism I felt.”

“I got to practice photography/film skills.”

“I strengthened my interview skills.”

“Ultimately, I learned that I don’t want to be involved in marketing and that I really am a creative writer and that I should stick to fiction.”

“I learned some of the differences between communications and journalism.”

“I’ve really enjoyed this experience, which has been most surprising since I didn’t think that I would enjoy this type of work as much as I have been.”

Requirements and How to Apply

Please visit the Program and Course Calendar to review program requirements and application process.

Students can also review the Creative Writing and Journalism program website:

Prerequisites: Min. "A-" in either two publishing courses 200-level and above, including one 300-level or above; or two journalism or creative non-fiction courses 200-level and above, including one 300-level or above and, in both cases, an interview.

Important Dates

The Fall semester has one (1) weekly 90 minute blended learning class, focusing on preparing for a 60 hour internship experience.  The material covered is not limited to locating and securing an internship but also is intended to prepare students for transitioning from school to graduate school or work environments.

The internships typically occur in the Spring semester and the 90 minute class time are intended to allow students to schedule internship experiences during this time.  The Spring semester also has four (4) optional 90 minute seminars and one (1) mandatory internship presentation class.

Want More Information on the Creative Writing Program at VIU?

Please visit the Creative Writing and Journalism program website or contact:

Department Chair

Jay Ruzesky

Internship Coordinator

Brook Pearce

Jennifer Cox, Creative Writing Graduate

I studied CREW 475: Internships in Writing and Publishing in my final year at VIU and the course provided a valuable segue from school to career, teaching us how to research career prospects, develop strong resumes and practice interview skills. The instructor, Brook Pearce was great at providing encouragement and direction to help us secure employment. He provided a great list of career research sites and was always willing to give advice on job search strategies ... 

Learn more about Jennifer's Experience