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Undergraduate Consultant Positions

“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.

Poster calling for Undergraduates to apply to be Writing Consultants for 2018-2019In January 2019, the Writing Studio will begin its hiring process for 2019-2020 Undergraduate Writing Consultant positions. Undergraduate Consultants earn $10.00 per hour. 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, February 8, 2019


Time Commitment: 8 hours per week

Students who are chosen as Undergraduate Writing Consultants for the 2019-2020 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. develop handouts and other resources for undergraduate students.
  6. visit classrooms across campus to introduce Studio services.
  7. attend Studio special events.
  8. demonstrate engagement with and growth in the position.


Join us for one of two information sessions in January 2019 to hear from current undergraduate consultants, to learn more about the application process and the job itself, and to get your questions answered.

2019 Info Session Dates TBA


Application Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019

1) Nomination

[UPDATE PENDING] Candidates for Undergraduate Writing Consultant positions must be nominated by, or solicit a nomination from, a Vanderbilt instructor. To earn nominations, students must 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.

Candidates soliciting a nomination should supply their instructors with this link:

2) Application Letter

An applicant must write a letter of application to the Writing Studio directors detailing her or his interest in and qualifications for becoming an Undergraduate Writing Consultant. An applicant might write about the following: ways in which her or his experience would contribute to successful consulting; strengths and weaknesses as a writer; ability to work well with other people; 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. (Please note: The application form includes a question asking you to contextualize your choice of writing sample for us.)

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

4) Application Form

All applicants must fill out the application form found here. We recommend using a text document to prepare your application answers and transferring them to the form. Application letters and writing samples 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.

Applicants are encouraged to schedule a Writing Studio appointment to get feedback on their application letter 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, February 8, 2019

Any technical questions or concerns about the application or the web form should be directed to Sarah Friddle, 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 2019.

Questions? For more information email John Bradley.