Apply for an Undergraduate Consultant Position

Thank you for your interest in becoming an undergraduate writing consultant at the George Washington University Writing Center!


The Writing Center is a welcoming, professional and academic environment where members of the GW community can receive dedicated attention to their writing and research projects at all stages of the writing process. Our trained writing consultants work with writers from the first-year college experience up through post-doctorate and faculty levels in one-to-one, collaborative consultations, as well as providing specialized workshops and group tutoring opportunities.


We’re committed to hiring enthusiastic, dedicated, undergraduate consultants who are strong writers, who have excellent collaborative interpersonal skills, and who enjoy working with other students. The Writing Center is committed to being a place of diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from a broad range of academic majors and multilingual and multicultural backgrounds.

Before you apply:

Review our mission statement and policies (http://writingcenter.gwu.edu/). We encourage you to ask current consultants about their experiences and, if you’ve never had an appointment, to schedule a session to review one of your own assignments.

To Apply:

Part 1: Submit written materials and recommendations (see back of page). Due February 24th.   

Part 2: Selected candidates will complete an in-person interview with the Writing Center director and current consultants.  These will be held before and after spring break.  

Applicants are accepted based on the strength of the application, recommendations, interview, and promise.

The Course Work

If you are accepted, you must take UW 2111W, “Pedagogy and Practice for Writing Consultants” in the fall; MW 11:10-12:25 on Foggy Bottom. The course is a writing-intensive Writing in the Disciplines course and will be taught by the director of the Writing Center.  Note: the course is listed as three credits, but it could be raised to four credits.

Working in the Center

If you successfully complete UW2111W, the Director may invite you to work in the Writing Center. Once employed, you are expected to work approximately 6 hours per week, at $13/hour, with opportunities to work more hours. Consulting positions in the GW Writing Center are work-study eligible, but work-study status is not required to be a consultant.

Application Materials

Please submit the following by February 24th to writingcenterapp@gmail.com. Attach your materials as PDF and title them using your last name and the document type (e.g., Smith_CV.PDF or Jones_WritingSample.PDF).

1. Cover Letter (1 to 2 single-spaced pages)

In this document, which should follow the conventions of a professional cover letter, introduce yourself, explain why you would like to be an undergraduate tutor, and explain why you see yourself as a good fit for the Writing Center.

2. CV or Resume

3. Two Recommendations

Ask your recommenders fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/gwuwc by February 24th. At least one recommendation should be from a professor; the other can be from a professor, a graduate teaching assistant, an advisor, or a supervisor.

4. Academic Writing Sample (5 to 7 double-spaced pages)

Submit an academic paper you’ve written for one of your classes at GW. Your paper should incorporate research, put forth your own analytical argument, and represent your best work. [Please keep to the page limit; longer papers will not enhance your application.]

5. Reflection on Writing Sample (1-2 single-spaced pages)

Reflect about the process you used to write the Academic Writing Sample you submitted. Which parts of the process went most easily, which were the hardest, and what research and writing strategies did you use?  How did writing this paper differ from other academic writing you have completed?


Questions? Contact Phyllis Ryder, Deputy Director of the Writing Center, at pryder@gwu.edu.

Thank you for your interest in the George Washington University Writing Center, and we look forward to reading your application.