Study: Poor Writing Skills Are Costing Businesses Billions A few years back, I saw an article similar to the one I posted above. After reading through an intern applicant's writing sample (which left much to be desired), I was reminded of this issue this morning I've been appalled by some of the writing samples that have been submitted to me recently for an internship my department is offering - writing samples from students with very high GPAs. I also work with elected officials for a living. There are some whose writing abilities are absolutely atrocious, which I find frightening. I decided to post this for anyone who has experience or interest in writing coaching: there's clearly opportunity here, with the proper planning and outreach.