Apply to be a Writing Consultant



New Writing Consultant Applications for 2023-2024 are now closed. We will reopen our hiring process in early 2024, but please reach out if you have any questions about our hiring process please contact the Writing Center Director - Patrick Johnson ([email protected]). 


The 2022-2023 Writing Center Staff

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.
  • $12.20 per hour (undergrads): your first semester as a consultant, we require that you maintain a work schedule of at least 8 hours a week.
  • $14.70 per hour (grads): your first semester as a consultant, we require that you maintain a work schedule of at least 8 hours a week.
  • On-campus employment: we have Writing Center locations in Allendale and Downtown as well as online hours
  • 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

Graduate Assistantships

Applications for our 2023-2024 Seidman GA, TESOL GA, and Special Projects GA positions are currently closed.

To learn more about our available Graduate Assistantships, click the image on the right to be taken to our Apply for a Graduate Assistantship page, or contact Patrick Johnson, Writing Center Director, for help with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

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!

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

The application for 2023-2024 will be available on this website in January 2023. 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 ([email protected]). 

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be available in January 2023 and are due in March 2023. 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.

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, collaborative, and challenging, and writing consultants walk away with invaluable skills which reach far beyond the work in the Writing Center. 

Because writing is interdisciplinary, writing consultants come from and work in a variety of majors and disciplines, including (but not limited to):

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!

Your future career might be here.

Forms & More Information

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are now closed. Contact Lisa Gullo ([email protected]) or Patrick Johnson ([email protected]) if you have any questions about applying 


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 required training class for the Fall. 

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Have other questions? Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Page last modified August 17, 2023