Interns and Peer Tutors Wanted

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 are required to enroll in a .25 credit course: UC 100--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 Apprenticeship in their first semester as a Writing Center intern (repeatable for one additional semester).

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. 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 an the teaching of writing.  Interns also 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 experience that will boost students’ resumes and help them prepare for future work as editors, writers, and teachers. Working with the Writing Center also helps peer tutors and interns develop skills that are particularly valuable in prepare for teaching assistantships and writing center work if they go on to graduate school. The internships provide more responsibility and more opportunities to explore writing center work and the teaching of writing generally, Interns additionally study writing center theory and practice, and have the opportunity to conduct independent and collaborative research and present their work at an academic conference.

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 writing improved greatly as they learned how to help others improve their writing.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Writing Center Internship Application.

Applicants should have:

  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status in the coming academic year
  • 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

 

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