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Become a Writing Assistant

Writing Assistant Internship

This internship advances the mission of the Center for Writing Excellence—to support all writers with their work at any stage of the creative process. To pursue the CWE Internship, you must first apply and be accepted to English 397: “Writing Center Theory and Practice.” Upon successful completion of ENGL 397, the paid internship begins.

An intern’s primary responsibilities include supporting writers across all disciplines and skill levels. Additionally, interns support wider campus outreach in the service of fostering writing and creative communication across campus.

Application stages include applying in spring, enrolling in ENGL 397 in the fall if accepted, and starting your internship the following spring

Internship duties

  • Weekly tutoring hours (a minimum of 4)
  • Wider campus outreach including but not limited to orientations, resource fairs, and the annual National Day on Writing event
  • Active participation in classroom support (e.g. workshops on topics such as peer review, the writing process, or drafting personal statements)
  • Commitment to scholarship and creative works—with the opportunity to present research and writing at regional and national conferences
  • Upholding day-to-day operations of CWE locations


The CWE seeks compassionate, supportive, and detail-oriented interns who have successfully completed the UWEC first-year writing requirement. Previous background with tutoring or mentoring is highly regarded, though not necessary for employment.

Pre-Requisite course

In order to become paid interns, all selected applicants must successfully complete “ENGL 397: Writing Center Theory and Practice”—a 3-credit, semester-long course offered every fall semester. As part of this course, students receive service-learning credit by completing a three-hour/week (unpaid) practicum in the center during the Fall 2021 semester.

Required application materials

Please submit to Dr. Jonathan Rylander at

Priority Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

  1. A resume with the name of a reference (at the bottom) we contact by phone
  2. A brief cover letter (2-3 paragraphs) detailing your interest in a CWE Internship
  3. A writing sample (at least 3 pages, double-spaced) from any class or creative work
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