I teach a Business Communications course that is housed in the Business College at Ball State University. Although writing is considered vital throughout our curriculum, Business Communications is the core course where we polish students’ business writing skills. This sophomore-level course is designed to prepare students with the writing foundations for their upper-division courses—and for future business careers.

A major focus of the course is our Employment Communications unit. The employment project I use includes three parts:

  1. An internship: students select one and report on how it relates to their career goals.
  2. A résumé: students write one according to the internship position selected.
  3. A cover letter: students write four paragraphs total on how the internship was found, responsibilities and previous experiences, college activities that prepared them for this position and a request for an interview.

Semester after semester my students reveal that even though this was a course exercise, they felt confident enough to actually apply for the internship position—or a similar one—and were hired!

Even after our course is over, students will stop by my office to tell me about an internship for which they were hired, or to talk about an internship they completed. In many cases, they achieved an actual job offer. Knowing that my students are obtaining internships and jobs based on the writing assignments from our Employment Communications project makes this one of my most successful assignments.

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