Apply to be a Writing Consultant

Writing Consultant Job Opportunity

Your future career might be here.

The Writing Center has passed its deadline for those applying to become writing consultants for the 2021-2022 academic year! 

More information about our work, hiring process, and training are available below. If you have any questions about our hiring process please contact the Writing Center Director - Patrick Johnson ( 


Apply for a Graduate Assistantship

The Writing Center is hiring two graduate students for our full-time graduate assistantship positions (TESOL and Seidman) for Fall 2021/Winter 2022. Additional details about the position and application information are available here - Applications for our Graduate Assistantships are due Monday April 12th.

Why Work for the Writing Center?

Students of all majors are invited and encouraged to apply!

The benefits of working as a writing consultant include the following:

  • Flexible scheduling: we work around your classes, clubs, and other professional and social obligations.
  • $11.07 per hour (undergrads): your first semester as a consultant, we require that you maintain a schedule of at least 8 hours a week.
  • $12.97 per hour (grads): your first semester as a consultant, we require that you maintain a schedule of at least 8 hours a week.
  • On-campus employment: we have Writing Center locations in Allendale and Downtown (COVID permitting)
  • Resume building opportunities
  • Friendly, comfortable work environment
  • Work closely with students and faculty
  • Learn to help people
  • Build communication skills
  • Research opportunities
  • Conference opportunities
  • Gain writing skills/strategies


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Please Note*

Your application must be accompanied by a faculty recommendation and two writing samples that demonstrate your familiarity with academic writing conventions. We are interested in knowing about your ability to write for an academic audience and cite sources, as we tend to help writers primarily with academic, research-based writing. Therefore, we would prefer seeing pieces from you that incorporate research.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can apply to become a writing consultant?


Anyone enrolled in classes at GVSU.

We hire undergraduate students, graduate students, students from any major, students with any language background (with expert experience in English), students with diverse interests -- as long as you enjoy talking about writing!


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Q: What do I need to include with my application?


The application, which will be available when the hiring season begins, will include your academic qualifications, your availability, your major/minor information (including expected graduation date), and answers to proposed short answer questions related to writing center work. 

We also require writing samples (that showcase your academic writing experience and your personal writing style) and professor recommendations


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Q: Where can I find the application to become a writing consultant & Where can I find out more information about the job?


The application for 2021-2022 is available here!  If you have questions about the process at all, feel free to visit our LOH 120 location, call us at (616) 331-2922, or email Patrick Johnson ( 


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Q: When should I apply?


Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are available here and due Monday March 29th. The Writing Center makes all of our hiring decisions in the winter semester. If you are hired, you would be expected to work the following Fall/Winter academic year. So, if you're interested in applying, check our website or visit the Writing Center during the winter semester for updates.

Q: Why would I want to apply to become a writing consultant? 


Writing consultants do honorable work -- they learn how to help people become more confident in their abilities to think, write, and express themselves. The work is dynamic and challenging, and writing consultants walk away with invaluable skills which reach far beyond the work in the Writing Center. 

Past consultants have taken their skills into many areas of post-graduate work:

Graduate School: Master's & PhD programs

Academic Positions: Libraries, Writing Centers, Learning Centers, Schools, After-School Programs, etc. 

Professional Positions: Copy writing, Insurance, Public Relations, Non-Profit work, Health Professions, Social Work, etc.

Travel Opportunities & Fellowships: many of our consultants take their skills abroad, as well!


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Forms & More Information



  • If you want more in-depth questions with more developed answers about the application, the position, the work of a writing consultant, and the process of learning how to be a consultant, click: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 


  • If you have just been hired, please read this article before coming to orientation & visit  WRT 306 to learn about our training class for the Fall. 


**All Hiring Opportunities Occur in March/April for the following Academic Year**

Due to COVID-19, the Writing Center has extended its application window. You can find our current application at the top of this page. Applications are due Monday March 29th and we will interview applicants in April and inform everyone of our hiring decisions in May so selected consultants can plan for their fall semester employment. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. Thank you.




Have other questions? Stop in and visit! Or call us at 331-2922.