Employment

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply for work in the Research & Writing Center. The Research & Writing Center is a friendly learning community where consultants collaborate with students from across campus on their various writing projects. Working as a consultant can enhance writing, interpersonal communication, learning, and leadership skills. Writing consultants receive initial and ongoing training and gain additional experience through project-based learning in areas such as professional writing, teaching, research, and mentoring.

Become a Writing Consultant

Writing consultants collaborate with writers at any stage of the writing process, striving to help them improve their writing and build confidence as writers. Strong applicants demonstrate excellent communication skills (written and oral), strong interpersonal and academic skills, maturity and professionalism in workplace settings, an ability to help others learn and develop as writers, a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development, and substantial college-level writing experience.

Info Open House

Each semester the RWC hosts an Open House for interested applicants to tour the RWC, meet the staff, and ask questions about the position and application process. The open house will be in the RWC (3340 HBLL) on 
  • Wednesday, October 19 from 4-5:30 pm or
  • Thursday, October 20 from 11 am – 12:30 pm

Position Expectations

  • Two-semester commitment
    • Writing consultants must commit to working at least two semesters in the center (semester = fall/winter). Many consultants work in the center beyond two semesters, but the training invested in the position requires this minimum commitment.
  • 10 hours per week in the first semester ($14/hr)
    • This first semester of employment is a credit-bearing, paid academic internship (English 399R) that trains students to work as writing consultants. The internship includes:
      • 1 hour weekly class meeting with other interns
      • 1 hour weekly training with the RWC staff
      • 8 hours/week of hands-on consulting experience
        • Note: applicants with college-level writing consulting/tutoring experience may complete a six-week, paid transfer consultant training in place of the internship.

Applications

Interested applicants may submit an application online that includes the following:

    • resume (properly formatted and tailored to the position)
    • cover letter (addressed to Professor Gardner) detailing your interest, qualifications, and potential contributions
    • two samples of academic writing that showcase your strengths as a writer (an optional third writing sample may also be submitted)
    • contact information for a faculty reference (name, title, email address, phone number).

Application Deadline

The RWC reviews applications once every fall (for winter semester employment) and once every winter (for fall semester employment). The deadline for fall semester has passed. The application deadline to be considered for winter  semester employment is Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST.

 

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Become a Research Consultant

Research consultants begin working as teaching assistants in the Library Instruction department, after which they work in the RWC, both at the front desk and with students requesting research help. Strong applicants demonstrate excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal and teaching skills, evidence of professionalism, and a commitment to ongoing learning.

To apply, check Student Employment for openings and application deadlines.

Questions

Questions about the application process for research or writing consultant positions? Contact us.