Become a Consultant

Thank you for your interest in becoming a 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:

Please review our mission statement and policies. 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 As an Undergraduate Writing Consultant:


Applying to be an undergraduate writing consultant is a two-part process.

Part 1: Submit written materials and recommendations by Wednesday, February 19th. Submit Letters of Recommendation by Wednesday, February 26th.

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

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

If you are interested in consulting and you miss the annual call for applications, please e-mail the Office Coordinator, Andrea Beland ([email protected]), to see if room remains in the training program. The e-mail should include an explanation of your interest in consulting, as well as your qualifications or relevant experiences.

The Course Work

If you are accepted, you must take UW 2111W, “Pedagogy and Practice for Writing Consultants” and a one-credit lab in the fall before you can begin consulting in the spring. The classroom hours are traditionally 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.

Working in the Center

If you successfully complete UW2111W, the Director may invite you to work in the Writing Center. Once employed, consultants work in the Writing Center approximately six to eight hours per week. In 2019-2020, undergraduate consultants will be paid at $15.50 per hour; in 2020-2021, undergraduate consultants will be paid at $16.50 per hour. In addition to their regular hours working in the Center, consultants also attend paid staff meetings and professional development workshops. Additional funded opportunities exist for presenting at scholarly conferences and developing special projects. Consulting positions in the Writing Center are work-study eligible. Work-study status is not required to be a consultant.

Application Materials

Please submit the following to [email protected]. 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 At least one recommendation should be from a GW professor or high school teacher; 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?

To Apply As a Graduate Writing Consultant:


The Writing Center hires graduate Writing Center consultants for the next academic year on a rolling basis, beginning each spring. Qualified candidates who send materials early may receive a hiring offer of 15 hours per week at $17.00; qualified candidates whose materials we receive later are likely to receive fewer hours. (Note: tuition remission is not part of any hiring offer.)

We invite interested graduate students to submit a cover letter, and CV to [email protected] beginning May 1 - August 1. Candidates invited to interview will also be asked to submit a writing sample.

Questions? Contact Andrea Beland, Graduate Coordinator of the Writing Center, at [email protected].

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