Be a Tutor

The deadline for this year’s tutor applications has passed.

UPDATE: Deadline for tutor applications extended to April 1.

We’re delighted you’re interested in becoming a Writing Center undergraduate tutor. We welcome undergraduate applications from all years, majors, and schools.

What does a tutor do, exactly?
If you’re unsure about whether or not this job is for you:

  1. Read about us on our site: you’re already here!
  2. (Highly recommended) Sign up for a 30-minute online session by clicking “Book an Appointment” on our homepage. A session will give you a clearer idea of what the job entails, especially in the highly unlikely event classes and meetings continue to be conducted online in the fall. (Hint: It’s a big plus if you’ve taken the initiative to get first-hand knowledge of what exactly we do.)

Being a tutor can be tremendously satisfying. Yet it requires a significant time commitment, including a three-credit fall semester seminar, “Approaches to English Composition.” So please consider your other academic and extracurricular activities carefully before applying.

Application timeline:

  • Please submit parts 1, 2, and 3 of the application (directions below) as a single PDF file to
  • Please email the letter in part 4 (below) to a tutor or a faculty member who knows you well. Your faculty recommender need not be the professor who recommended you.
  • We must receive all application material, including your faculty reference, by 5:00pm Wednesday, April 1st.
  • We’ll then invite some applicants to interview before Easter Break.
  • We’ll make final selections and notify next year’s tutors before the end of Early Registration.

Do not hesitate to contact us at with any questions.

Sincerely, David Lipscomb, Director, Georgetown University Writing Center 

Georgetown University Writing Center
Undergraduate Tutor Application

Please submit parts 1, 2, and 3 as a single PDF file to

Part 1: Basic Information

Email address and cell phone:
Graduating class (2021, 2022, or 2023):
School, major(s), and minor(s):
Work-study status:
Extra-curricular activities (list any that will demand 2+ hours per week):
First language:
Foreign languages and fluency level (beginner, intermediate, fluent):
Faculty recommender:

Part 2: Personal Statement
Why do you want to be a Writing Center tutor and why might you make a good tutor (500 words)?

Part 3: Writing Sample and Reflection

  • Include a copy of an essay or excerpt from a longer essay (roughly three to six pages) that you have written for a class at Georgetown.
  • Then briefly tell us what you remember about how you wrote it, especially how the writing process you used in this instance relates to what you’ve learned more generally about the approaches to pre-writing (brainstorming, planning), drafting, revising and final editing that work best for you (250 words).  

Part 4: Faculty Recommendation
Please ask a faculty member who knows you well to write a brief recommendation for you. In your email requesting the recommendation, please give your professor the following instructions (you can simply cut and paste the following or convey the instructions in your own style):

“The Writing Center requests that you email a brief recommendation to (new window) by April 1, 2020. The Center needs just two or three sentences about why you think I would make a good tutor. In other words, it can be a short email, not a formal recommendation on letterhead.”

Your faculty recommender need not be the professor who recommended you.