Creative Writing

BFA Internships

To: BFA students
From: Tim Bass, BFA coordinator

As you work on your schedules for next semester, I hope you will consider internships. They offer several opportunities:

—Gaining essential work experience in a professional environment.
—Learning the value of creative writing in the working world.
—Putting your editing skills to work.
—Building a résumé and preparing for the world of work beyond college.

About Internships

  • Internships are unpaid, but they count for course credit—usually 3 hours per semester under CRW 498.
  • Internships require 9 hours per week on the job, though this may vary from week to week.
  • Some internship supervisors allow students to do some work from home.
  • Interns observe work hours as they do class hours—you’ll have Fall Break, Spring Break, and holidays off, and the internship will end on the last week of classes.
  • Internships are charged just as any other course is—there is no additional tuition/fee cost for credit hours beyond 12. You will be charged a small fee (approx. $20) to pay for liability insurance while you’re on the job.
  • Internships are graded Pass/Fail.
  • Summer internships can happen, but they’re not easy. You would need to work 15 hours per week for all of Summer Session I and II (mid-May until late July). And you would need to pay UNCW tuition and fees for 3 credit hours: more than $500 for in-state residents and $1,550 for out-of-state residents. And remember: You’re not getting paid for the internship.

The Internship Process

Setting up an internship is the responsibility of the student, not the Creative Writing Department. There’s a simple process that takes a little time and patience:

Step 1. Do you qualify?
Interns must have:
  • Junior standing (59+ credit hours)
  • You must be a full CRW major or Pre-CRW major
  • GPA of at least 2.0
  • Completed ENG 103 or 201
  • Completed at least 9 hours of CRW classes, including at least 3 hours at the 300-400 level

Step 2. Approach the agency/publication where you’d like to work. (See e-mail example, below.) Get approval from the agency.

Step 3. Follow up, in person (not by e-mail), with Tim Bass in the CRW Department—Kenan Hall, Suite 1102 no later than May 1st. We will need to do paperwork.


Internship Agencies/Publications:

Audubon North Carolina (habitat conservation)
Needs writers for newsletter/Web site.
Contact Walker Golder, deputy director: 910-686-7527. He will want to meet you and see your writing samples.

Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews (arts and events)
516 North 4th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Contact Richard Leder, Executive Director: or 910-538-2939. He will want to interview you and see writing samples.

CFCC Wilson Center
Internships available in Community Engagement, Marketing and Operations, Production Services, Social and Digital Media, Technical Production, and Ticket Central. Click here for Spring 2019 information.
Students may also contact our Director of Operations, LaRaisha Dionne ( directly and email her their cover letter and resume (including the position they are interested in).

Cape Fear River Watch (conservation group, based in Wilmington)
Needs writers for Web site and other group publications.
Contact Kemp Burdette, Riverkeeper. 910-762-5606.

Encore Magazine (local arts/entertainment)
Needs copy editors, publication assistants, general office help
Contact Shea Carver, Managing Editor: She will want to meet you and see writing samples.

Lumina News (newspaper based in Wrightsville Beach)
Needs writers.
Contact Terry Lane, News Director: or 910-256-6569. He will want to meet you and see writing samples.

Old Books on Front St. (privately owned book store, downtown Wilmington)
Needs an event planner/publicist.
Contact Gwenyfar Rohler: She will want to meet you and see writing samples.

UNCW Presents
Event planning and coordination. Writing news releases.
Contact Stefanie Mancuso Norris, Director of Arts and Programs, Campus Life: She will want to meet you and see writing samples.

Wilma, Wilmington’s Magazine for Women (features and columns)
Needs writers.
Contact Vicky Janowski, Co-editor: She will want to interview you and see writing samples. 

Wrightsville Beach Magazine (lifestyle and feature stories in the Wrightsville Beach area)
Needs writers.
Contact Simon Gonzalez, Editorial Director: or 910-256-6569. He will want to meet you and see writing samples.

UNCW University Relations (the university’s public relations office)
Needs interns to write for campus publications and assist with campus news events.
Contact Jennifer Glatt, publications manager: or 910-962-2840. She will want to interview you and see writing samples.


Approaching the Internship Agency: Sample Email

March 30, 2019

Dear Ms. Jones:

I am a major in creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and I am interested in working with your organization as an intern for the Fall 2019 semester.

I believe I will be an asset to your publication, and the internship will provide me with important experience in the business of writing. I understand that the internship will be unpaid, but it will provide academic credit toward my degree. Also, I will have a faculty supervisor (Tim Bass) who will coordinate the internship at UNCW. Our department requires that we serve nine hours per week in our internships.

I would be happy to meet with you and show you samples of my writing. If you agree to the internship, I will be available to start as soon as the new semester begins in January.
Please let me know if you are interested in having me as an intern. Meanwhile, thank you for your consideration.

Julie Smith
Phone: ???-???-????