Apply to be a Writing Consultant

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

This page will update every Winter Semester, when hiring decisions are made for our staff. Thank you.

Writing Consultant Job Opportunity

Your future career might be here.

We may not be in hiring season right now, but stay close! If you'd like to learn more, please browse this page.

 

If you're interested in seeking a position at the Writing Center, but you want to know what the job is like, what it requires of you, and how you go about applying, browse the table below with Quick Facts or visit the Frequently Asked Questions link below.

 

  • Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are NOT LIVE yet. Stay tuned! 

 

  • Positions available each year
    • Undergraduate Writing Consultant
    • Graduate Writing Consultant

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.
  • $10.45 per hour (undergrads): your first semester as a consultant, we require that you maintain a schedule of at least 8 hours a week.
  • $12.45 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.
  • 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?

ANSWER

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!

 

(If you still have questions, click Frequently Asked Questions button below to learn more)


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

ANSWER

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

 

(If you still have questions, click Frequently Asked Questions button below to learn more)


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

ANSWER

The application to become a writing consultant will be posted online when the hiring season begins (Winter Semester). But if you have questions about the process at all, feel free to visit our LOH 120 location or call us at 616-331-2922. 

 

(If you still have questions, click Frequently Asked Questions button below to learn more)


Q: When should I apply?

ANSWER

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? 

ANSWER

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

 

  • Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due March 15th, 2019

 

  • 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. 

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



Page last modified April 30, 2019