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Writing Samples

At times you will be asked to provide writing samples as part of your job or internship application.  It is most common for opportunities that are seeking written communication as a primary aspect of the position and includes journalism, PR, research assistant, think tank, policy careers, among others. The goal of a writing sample is to judge your ability to write professionally, clearly, and succinctly. When choosing a sample, consider the writing style you will be using at your job/internship and, whenever possible, make sure to match your samples with the genre of writing the position will involve.

Make sure to submit your best writing even if the topic is not relevant. The alternative would be to strengthen the writing of a topic-relevant paper by rewriting it, only do this if absolutely necessary. It is important to provide excerpts if the samples are too long - we recommend submitting a sample that is 2-5 pages if the employer did not specify length. If submitting an excerpt, make sure to clarify the topic and where in the paper this excerpt is from. Writing samples should also be double-spaced and can be a combination of one or more writing samples. Be sure to proofread and revise to make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors in your writing. Also, do not forget to add your name to the document.

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This page was last updated on 18 February 2019