Community Engagement in Writing Programs: Preparing Students for Success in Professional Settings
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)
Dr. Lara Smith-Sitton
Dr. Todd Harper
This practicum focused on looking into the history of the foster care system, its development, and its modern iteration and on working with a nonprofit that supports the foster care system. The internship with Advocates for Children in Cartersville, Georgia, provided primary research into (1) how work on community-based engagement projects prepared me to explore careers in the nonprofit sector, (2) what kinds of writing, research, and other deliverables are needed by nonprofits supporting the foster care system and how the MAPW program prepared me to produce those deliverables, and (3) how having a strong understanding of the history and context of a social justice or humanitarian project provides a necessary foundation prior to beginning the project.