The George Washington Writing Center offers several types of employment opportunities for currently enrolled students at GW.
We are committed to hiring enthusiastic, dedicated consultants who are strong writers, who have excellent collaborative interpersonal skills, and who authentically enjoy working with other students. Our undergraduate and graduate consultants come from disciplines across the university; we encourage applicants from a broad range of academic fields and multilingual and multicultural backgrounds. The Writing Center is committed to being a place of diversity and inclusion.
Our undergraduate consultants are hired after acceptance into a pedagogical training program.
Applying to be an undergraduate writing consultant is a two-part process. Application requirements are posted here on our website during the open invitation for submissions each year.
· The first part of the application, usually available in February, includes the submission of prepared written materials and two recommendations.
· The second part consists of an in-person interview for selected candidates with the director of the Writing Center and current consultants.
Acceptance into the training program is through competitive entrance, based on the strength of your application, recommendations, interview, and promise.
If you are interested in consulting and you miss the annual call for applications in February, please e-mail the Director, Prof. Carol Hayes (email@example.com), 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.
Training: All undergraduate applicants offered acceptance into the training program must take UW 2111W, “Pedagogy and Practice for Writing Consultants,” in the fall before they can begin consulting in the spring. The course is worth three credits, is a writing-intensive Writing in the Disciplines course, and is taught by the director of the Writing Center. Once employed, consultants work in the Writing Center approximately six to eight hours per week and attend paid staff meetings and professional development training. 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.
Graduate writing consultants, like our peer undergraduate consultants, come from across the curriculum. Graduate students are paid at an hourly rate for approximately ten hours per week. In addition, they attend full staff meetings and receive specialized training through required readings and observations in the early weeks of the semester and additional meetings with the directors to discuss pedagogy and practices in the Writing Center. Funded opportunities also exist for professional development, attending scholarly conferences, designing and running workshops, and mentoring.
Front Office Assistants
This work-study position is, for many of the people who walk through our doors, their first point of contact with us. Our front office assistants open and close the Center, welcome incoming clients, direct the flow of traffic, respond to phone inquiries, help clients navigate our scheduling software, respond to email, and generally provide crucial communication support within the Center. Hiring usually takes place at the beginning of the semester. If you’re interested in working in the Center as a front office assistant, please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.