Writers Wanted

The OWU Writing Center in the Sagan Academic Resource Center offers a year-long internship for  juniors and seniors interested in the teaching of writing.

After extensive training in writing theory and tutoring skills and practices, Writing Center interns work approximately five hours a week with individual students in the Writing Center and complete a substantive individual or collaborative research project.

Interns can earn academic credit and gain valuable practical, hands-on work and research experience in the teaching of writing.  Up to three qualified students will be selected as interns each academic year.

Benefits of Participating in the Internship Program

Interns will participate in one-on-one teaching and learning, enjoy independent and collaborative research, and gain practical professional experience.

This is a paid position, and interns can additionally earn up to one academic credit and gain valuable practical, hands-on work and research experience in the teaching of writing.  Students can also participate in the internship and elect not to get credit for the class.  A once-a-week training and/or staff meeting is required, though, for all interns. Whether taken for credit or not, this internship offers an outstanding professional opportunity that will boost students’ resumes and help them prepare for teaching assistantships and writing center work if they go on to graduate school.

Overview of Activities

Fall Semester: Student interns may take part in online training and information sessions during the summer and, in the first few weeks of the Fall, will participate in workshops, training, and supervised tutoring. The students will meet once a week with a faculty member in the Writing Center for a 50-minute class/workshop that introduces them to writing center theory and practices. During this part of the term, the interns will read and discuss articles related to tutoring and the teaching of writing, write responses to readings, complete revising and editing exercises, and collaborate with OWU Writing Center instructors to develop a research focus for a proposed project to present at a conference in the Spring. They will also visit an ENG 105 class and sit in on at least two tutorials about their own writing with OWU Writing Center instructors. In the second half of the semester, interns will continue the weekly class/workshop and will begin to work with students in the Writing Center independently. Student interns will have the opportunity to prepare and submit an abstract of a research project for an academic conference held in the Spring.

Spring Semester: Interns’ primary responsibility will be to tutor up to five hours a week for the Writing Center. They will also meet weekly with their internship mentor to discuss readings, theory and practice. Additionally, they may take part in workshops, staff meetings, writing, and independent research, and will have the opportunity to travel to and perhaps present at a regional writing centers conference.

 

Applicants should have:

  • Junior or Senior status
  • A 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Passed ENG 105 or the equivalent course with a B or higher, or have exempt status (SAT/ACT scores, AP or IB credit)
  • Taken or be enrolled during the current semester in at least one upper level non-fiction writing course (ENG 260, ENG 265, ENG 310, ENG 482) or ENG 395. [Preferred; not required]
  • Earned a B or higher in at least one course with a substantive writing component outside the Humanities/Literature (Group III) distribution division [Writing intensive or “R” option course outside Group III preferred, but not required]
  • Completed a variety of courses across the curriculum
  • Interest in tutoring and teaching of writing
  • Interest in undertaking extensive research about writing, particularly Writing Center theory and pedagogy
  • Ability to work effectively one-on-one with others
  • Ability to work successfully both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability and willingness to commit to two full semesters of work in the Writing Center, beginning in the fall term
  • Ability to commit to attending a Writing Centers conference in March or April of the Spring semester

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit the Writing Center Internship Application.
  • Request a letter of recommendation  from an OWU faculty member.
  • Send the complete application by email to Martine Stephens at mlstephe@owu.edu   or Bring the completed application to the Sagan Academic Resource Center, Corns 316.
  • Deadline: See materials posted on the Writing Center Website for specific deadlines.

 

Contact Info

Location

Writing Resource Center
R.W. Corns Building #316
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3925

Office Hours

M-F   9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Aug-May) 
Tu, Th   10 a.m.-noon (May-June) 

Other times by appointment