Want to work as a paid writing consultant in 2019-2020?

  • Application deadline: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5.
  • Deadline for students off campus this spring: 3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28

We strongly encourage applicants to use the excellent resources of the Career Center in preparing a cover letter and resume.  Applicants are also welcome to visit the Writing Center for feedback on cover letters and resumes.

Each winter and spring, the Carleton Writing Center hires students to work as paid writing consultants the following year. Consultants assist students with a variety of writing-related tasks and work in a variety of contexts: (1) as Writing Assistants assigned to work with students in specific courses, (2) as tutors in the Writing Center, and (3) as consultants in the term-long program for multilingual writers. We encourage applicants from underrepresented and/or marginalized communities and/or identities.

Through collaborative, one-to-one conferences, writing consultants work with writers to help them develop confidence and effective writing habits. Consultants support writers at any stage of the writing process, listening, reading, and responding to their ideas and written work. Consultants pose questions that help writers clarify and articulate their ideas, and they affirm the experiences and abilities that writers bring to their writing. The Writing Center values all writers and their life experiences, worldviews, and languages, and seeks to provide a supportive space for writers to share and develop their voices.

Writing Consultants are strong academic writers who have the empathy to assist fellow writers. Consultants also possess the intellectual curiosity and the desire to better their tutoring skills through participation in an ongoing conversation about tutoring practices and composition theory.

New consultants for 19-20 must be:

  • in good academic standing
  • on campus during Fall 2019 and at least one other term during the 19-20 academic year
  • able to work six hours/week fall term
  • willing and able to attend and participate actively in all mandatory (and paid) training and professional-development activities
  • able to document completion of the writing portfolio requirement if they have completed their sophomore year

We are looking for applicants who possess these skills and qualities:

  • excellent work habits: reliability, dependability, and integrity
  • writing strengths in several disciplines
  • the empathy to respond to writers with patience and tact
  • the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • independence and good judgment: consultants occasionally work with little or no supervision
  • trainability: consultants provide assistance to writers in ways that are consistent with writing center theory and practice

Benefits of employment:

  • flexible work hours and paid training and professional development
  • valuable work experience for any career that involves oral and written communication skills   

Questions?  Feel free to contact:

Kathy Evertz, Director, Academic Support Center, 420C Library, x4015, kevertz@carleton.edu or Erik Warren, Program Assistant, Academic Support Center, 420A Library, x4027, ewarren@carleton.edu