Work for us

The Writing Center hires graduate and undergraduate consultants from all disciplines.

To work for us, you must be interested in more than correcting and editing student papers. While strong writing skills are certainly required, strong people skills are equally important. Working one-on-one with writers requires commitment at multiple levels — intellectual, emotional and social. An invested and caring consultant is key to student success.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduates: You do not have to be an English major, but must complete Writing Process and Practice (ENGL 491), which includes an internship in the Writing Center, prior to employment.
  • Graduate students: The application process includes an interview with the director, and submitting a writing sample, statement of interest and references. Successful applicants must attend an orientation workshop, participate in the center’s mentoring program and attend weekly staff development meetings.

For more information, email Brian McTague, Writing Center director, at bjmctague@vcu.edu.

Writing Process and Practice (ENGL 491)

Undergraduates interested in working at the Writing Center must first complete Writing Process and Practice (ENGL 491). The course is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

ENGL 491 explores writing theory and practice and prepares students to become consultants in the Writing Center. The latter part of the course requires 15 hours of observation and participation in Writing Center work.

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