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Undergraduate Consultant Positions

This poster calling for undergraduate writing consultant applications features the silhouette of a fountain pen in black with an exclamation point near tipCall for Applications

Are you interested in joining a committed and engaged community of writers who work to support fellow writers? At the Writing Studio, we look for consultants from all majors and diverse backgrounds who have excellent communication and collaboration skills and are highly motivated and eager to learn. We also welcome and encourage applicants who are multilingual or who have experience supporting language learning.

In January 2020, the Writing Studio will begin its hiring process for 2020-2021 Undergraduate Writing Consultant positions.

All Vanderbilt undergraduates with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better are welcome to apply. See below for application instructions and for ways to learn more.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020


“Working at the Writing Studio is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I know that I can sit down with another student and start helping that student right away. Every paper could use more than one set of eyes looking over it, and it’s incredible how gratifying it feels just to be that second pair of eyes, to spend fifty minutes at a time doing nothing but helping someone. Working at the Writing Studio allows me to make a direct and immediate difference.”
– John Wheeler, Class of 2012

Click here to read more reflections from former Writing Studio consultants.

Writing Consultants work one-on-one with writers at all levels and from all disciplines, assist with outreach by visiting classes to promote the studio, and participate in ongoing staff education.

Candidates for Undergraduate Writing Consultant position should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills; they must be excellent academic writers, producing strong essays in their disciplines; also, they should be comfortable working with diverse types of writing assignments. Candidates must have effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue about writing. They should also be flexible, patient, professional, and intellectually curious.

Job Requirements

Time Commitment: 8 hours per week

Pay: $10 per hour (including training and staff meetings)

Students who are chosen as Undergraduate Writing Consultants for the 2020-2021 academic year will:

  1. participate in an April orientation and August training workshops on writing and consulting.*
  2. participate in weekly, full-staff training sessions throughout the academic year.
  3. consult with individual writers.
  4. engage in periodic observations and mentoring sessions.
  5. contribute to ongoing projects when shifts are not fully booked (including updating or developing resources for undergraduate writers).
  6. visit classrooms across campus to introduce Studio services.
  7. attend and support Studio special events (such as the Undergraduate Writing Symposium).
  8. demonstrate engagement with and growth in the position.

*The August training takes place on the Tuesday-Friday the week before classes begin each August. Attending the training is mandatory for new consultants, and applicants should note that it regularly conflicts with required trainings or orientation activities for VUceptors, RAs, Ingram Scholars, and several other campus programs.


Join us for one of two information sessions in January 2020 to hear from current undergraduate consultants, to learn more about the application process and the job itself, and to get your questions answered and begin thinking critically about putting together a strong application.

2020 Info Session / Application Workshop Dates

Wednesday, January 22, 6:00-7:00pm at the Writing Studio (1801 Edgehill Ave., Suite 112)

Tuesday, January 28, 6:00-7:00pm at the Writing Studio (1801 Edgehill Ave., Suite 112)


Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

Instructor Nomination (optional)

As of Spring 2019, Instructor nominations are no longer a required element of the undergraduate writing consultant application, although they remain a valuable means by which potential applicants can learn about the opportunity to work at the Writing Studio.

1) Application Form

All applicants must fill out the online undergraduate writing consultant application form. We recommend using a text document to prepare your application answers and transferring them to the form. Application letters and writing samples (see below) may be attached to this form. Please press the submit button at the bottom of the page to complete your application. Applicants will receive a confirmation email when their application has been received.

2) Application Essay (Personal Statement)

An applicant must write a personal statement detailing their interest in and qualifications for becoming an Undergraduate Writing Consultant. An applicant might write about the following: ways in which their experience and background would contribute to successful consulting; strengths and weaknesses as a writer; ability to work well with other writers; applicable writing or work experience; or relevant personal and/or career goals.

The recommended length is 500-800 words.

3) Writing Sample

An applicant must include a sample of polished academic writing. The sample should be chosen to showcase your strongest analytical or argumentative writing and should have been produced for a Vanderbilt course (any discipline).* Recommended length is 5-15 pages, but you may submit a longer or shorter piece if you feel it best represents your strengths as a writer. The writing sample, as well as other application materials, will not be returned.

As part of the online application, you will be asked to contextualize your choice of writing sample, which is your chance to explain the prompt as well as to highlight what you see as its strengths.

(*While we value creative writing, samples of fiction or poetry are discouraged because in the vast majority of our one-on-one Writing Studio sessions our consultants offer feedback on traditional analytical and argumentative writing assignments.)

Advice to Applicants

Applicants are encouraged to schedule a Writing Studio appointment to get feedback on their application essay and choice of writing sample and to familiarize themselves with the Writing Studio and the work our consultants do, in general.

We welcome applications from students who have applied in previous years, but encourage all to write a new letter of application and update their selection of writing sample.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

Any technical questions or concerns about the application or the web form should be directed to Sarah Carter, office administrator, at or 615-343-2225.


Students who complete the application requirements by the given deadline may be invited to attend an interview in late February or early March 2020.

Questions? For more information email Megan Minarich.