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Project Description

This project provides an opportunity to work in a real world setting. While “traditional” academic writing is helpful for learning general conventions, many of you will also need to compose beyond academia. For this project, you will need to assess your plans for your future as well as your areas of expertise. You will need to decide if you plan to go into a primarily academic track or a primarily vocational track. You will compose a resume and, based on your track of choice, either a cover letter or a graduate statement of interest.


  • If you plan to pursue a more academic track, you will need to locate a graduate program that interests you and compose a statement of interest and a resume as if you were applying for that program. Also include a program description from their program’s website on a separate page to turn in with your assignment.
  • If you plan to pursue a vocational track and work after college, you will need to locate either a job or internship that interests you and compose a resume and cover letter as if you were applying for that job or internship. You will also need to provide the job description/posting on a separate page to turn in with your assignment.


This project is mostly concerned with conventions of the genre and appropriately responding to a rhetorical situation that you will be most likely to encounter in the future.

Project Tools

Adobe InDesign CC

Advanced logo component: Adobe Illustrator CC

Project Timeline


Class Activities



Guide students into non-academic writing

1. Introduce project

2. Look at examples of resumes and other "real world" writing

Come up with a list of personal activities appropriate for a resume


1. Teach new methods of composition

2. Explore other types of resume writing

1. Introduce InDesign using Adobe Training website

2. Look at the differences between graduate school submissions, work track resumes, skills-based resumes, and chronological resumse

1. Create resume skeleton in InDesign

2. Decide which type of resume suits your needs and organize your resume accordingly


1. Examine the purpose of a cover letter

2. Teach implementation of good design strategies

1. Discuss cover letter

2. Discuss good design principles

Compose resume and cover letter

Thursday (due date)

Assess writing

Discuss in-class the limitations and strengths of your project

*Advanced Component: Create a Personal Logo

Discuss on the first Thursday and second Tuesday