R.W. Corns Building #316
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (during the regular academic year)
Tu, Th 10 a.m.-noon (May-June, during the summer session)
Other times by appointment
The OWU Writing Center in the Sagan Academic Resource Center offers internships and peer tutoring positions for sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in the teaching of writing.
After training in tutoring principles and practices, Writing Center interns and peer tutors work independently with students in the Writing Center and during walk-in hours in Beeghly Library.
All new peer tutors and interns enroll in a required .25 credit course: UC 100 4--Sagan ARC Tutoring: Theory and Practice in Higher Education in their first semester of work with the Writing Center. New Writing Center interns will enroll in a 1.0 credit course: UC 495: Writing Center Internship in their first semester as a Writing Center intern (repeatable for one additional semester). Note: The UC 495 internship course includes UC100 4.)
The main differences between interns and tutors:
Writing Center peer tutors are paid for tutoring up to 4 hours a week and earn .25 credit for the required training course. Peer tutors learn about effective tutoring strategies in general and those specific to writing. Currently, we hire up to four peer tutors a year.
Writing Center interns are not paid, but earn 1.0 academic credit per semester for training and additional academic study and research on writing center theory and practice and the teaching of writing. Like our paid peer tutors, interns learn about effective tutoring strategies in general and those specific to writing. Interns tutor up to four hours a week and may have additional responsibilities as well. Currently, we select one or two qualified students to be interns each academic year.
Students may apply initially to be either an unpaid intern and earn academic credit (1.0 unit) or to be a paid tutor, with no academic credit. A student who interns one semester may remain as an intern for an additional semester and earn credit (1 additional credit; up to 2 credits total) or may switch to being a paid tutor the following semester(s). Interns do not have to reapply to be tutors and may return as paid tutors as many semesters as they like. Likewise, paid tutors do not have to reapply and may return as paid tutors as many semesters as they like. Paid tutors may also apply to be interns in semesters subsequent to their first semester of employment.
Benefits of Participating in the Internship and Peer Tutoring Program
Both internships and peer tutoring positions offer hands-on learning and professional experiences that will boost students’ resumes and help them prepare for future work in all fields and professions but particularly work in writing, editing, teaching, and communications. Working with the Writing Center helps peer tutors and interns develop skills that are valuable in preparation for teaching assistantships and writing center work if students go on to graduate school. The internships provide more responsibility and more opportunities to explore writing center work and the teaching of writing
Moreover, working with the Writing Center will help students develop interpersonal and communication skills that are valuable in any profession or workplace, and many of our interns and peer tutors report that their own skills have improved greatly as a result of working with others on their writing.
Applicants should have:
How to Apply
1. Complete and submit the Writing Center Internship and Peer Tutoring Application.
2. Submit a letter of recommendation from an OWU faculty member who knows you and your work well. We prefer that your recommender has had you in at least one class and has evaluated at least one of your writing assignments.