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. We are currently accepting applications for academic year 2023-2024. The (updated) application deadline is 5 pm on Monday, March 27th, 2023
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!
- (Highly recommended) Sign up for a 30-minute in-person or online Writing Center appointment by clicking “Book an Appointment” on our homepage. A session will give you a clearer idea of what the job entails. (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 but also requires a significant time commitment. You will be responsible for at least three hours of tutoring a week, as well as the completion of a three-credit fall semester seminar, “Approaches to Teaching English Composition,” offered only on Wednesdays, 3:30pm – 6:00pm in the fall. So please consider your other academic and extracurricular activities carefully before applying.
- Please submit parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the application (directions below) as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications are due no later than Monday, March 27th at 5pm.
- We’ll then invite some applicants to interview the week of March 27th and April 3rd.
- We’ll make final selections and notify next year’s tutors before the end of Early Registration.
Do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
Phil Sandick, Interim Director, Georgetown University Writing Center
Georgetown University Writing Center
Undergraduate Tutor Application
Please submit parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1: Basic Information
Email address and cell phone:
Graduating class (2024, 2025, or 2026):
School, major(s), and minor(s):
Extra-curricular activities (list any that will demand 2+ hours per week):
Foreign languages and fluency level (beginner, intermediate, fluent):
Part 2: Personal Statement
In a one-page personal statement, explain why you are interested in becoming a Writing Center tutor. Describe what qualities, skills, and dispositions you possess that might make you a successful tutor. If relevant, describe any previous experiences you have had working with other student writers, in a classroom setting or otherwise.
Please also submit a résumé.
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 (200 words).
Part 4: Innovation/Expansion
- Writing Center Tutors frequently have opportunities to develop innovations and make improvements to the Writing Center (e.g. strategize about professional development, increase outreach, construct teaching guides, develop guidelines and best practices statements). After browsing our website, develop a 100-word pitch re: one way you would be interested in helping to improve the Writing Center. (We recognize you may have little or no experience at the center, but please complete this question to the best of your ability.)
Part 5: Name and Contact Information for Two References
Provide contact information for two references. No formal recommendation letters are required at this time.