Be a Tutor

We’re delighted you’re interested in becoming a Writing Center undergraduate tutor. We welcome undergraduate applications from all years, majors, and schools. Unfortunately, the application is currently closed.

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

  • Read about us on our site: you’re already here!
  • Visit the Writing Center (217a Lauinger) to get feedback on your own writing (the best way to learn about the job)
  • Talk with current tutors about what 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 your faculty reference as soon as possible.
We must receive all application material, including your faculty reference, by 5:00pm Friday, March 22.
We’ll then invite some applicants to interview before and after Easter Break.
We’ll make final selections and notify next year’s tutors before the end of Early Registration (April 12).

Do not hesitate to contact us at with any questions.

Sincerely, David Lipscomb, DirectorGeorgetown 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 (2020, 2021, or 2022):
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 your brief recommendation to by March 22, 2019. Your recommendation can be brief but should include your assessment of my writing and my tutoring potential.”