The Writing Center student consultant program enables excellent student writers to become writing consultants. Students enroll in the internship class to obtain training, then observe consultations conducted by the WC’s professional consultants and in turn take the lead in consultations while a professional consultant “shadows” their consultations and offers feedback. If they then qualify to offer consultations independently, they join the Writing Center staff as paid employees.

To qualify, students must

  • Have completed English 1010 and English 1020/1040 with a grade of “B” or better
  • Take English 4160, the consultant internship course
  • Shadow the Writing Center’s professional consultants once the internship coursework is completed
  • Keep a journal of experiences during shadowing portion
  • Meet with internship professor for continued guidance
  • Complete three supervised consultations
  • Achieve acceptable competence as judged by the WC director

Program benefits include

  • Professional on-campus experience for excellent student writers
  • Paid work experience
  • Development of marketable writing and customer service skills
  • Excellent work environment with writing professionals
  • Ongoing professional development
  • An opportunity to make a difference in the academic lives of fellow students
  • An undergraduate experience that may qualify students for graduate teaching assistantships or work at other writing centers