Employment and Internship Opportunities

Writing Tutor Positions

The NMU Writing Center employs undergraduates and graduate tutors, with majors ranging from English to Biology, who are excited about expression and communication.  Each has gone through an intensive hiring and training process that includes coursework and continuing professional development.

To read more about the role of writing tutors and what exactly we do in the NMU Writing Center, check out a paper about what tutors do in the Writing Center written by Michelle, a former Writing Center tutor.

Writing Tutor Job Description

Job Title: Writing Tutor

Reports To: Director of the Writing Center

Pay/Hours: $9.00 per hour/minimum ten hours per week

Basic Function

The Writing Tutor is responsible for working with students who utilize the NMU Writing Center on a one-to-one basis, live and online, on any matter concerning writing.

After one semester of writing center tutoring, the Writing Tutor will also work with several students from one section of either EN 090 or EN 109, meeting with them each once weekly for one hour, and working closely with the instructor of the assigned course.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enrollment in/satisfactory completion of EN 305, Tutoring Writing, a two credit course which will meet on Mondays from 4-5:40pm (students who are hired as classroom tutors will be automatically enrolled in this course if they have not yet taken it)
  • Helping students to better understand their own writing processes, to develop their strengths and address their weaknesses, and to attend to both higher order and lower order concerns in their writing
  • Contributing to the welcoming and professional nature of the NMU Writing Center.
  • Basic paperwork and related duties
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications        

  • Current NMU student: undergraduate or graduate
  • Satisfactory completion of the composition sequence or an equivalent cleared by NMU’s Director of Composition
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00
  • Engagement and interest in your writing and the writing of others
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Willingness to help others
  • Professional demeanor
  • Available a minimum of 10 hours per week for each semester employed

Additional Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarity with writing center pedagogy and practice
  • Experience in tutoring/instruction
  • Familiarity with any discipline-specific academic writing
  • Familiarity with common academic paper formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

Writing Tutor Application Instructions                

Please prepare an electronic application packet and e-mail it to:
NMU Writing Center Director Heidi Stevenson hstevens@nmu.edu

Your application packet must include two separate MS Word files:

The first, a Letter of Purpose: about two or three double-spaced pages containing the following:

  • Your name, phone number, and NMU e-mail address
  • A little bit about your academic and professional background
  • Your interest in writing
  • Your perceived writing strengths and weaknesses
  • Any experience in writing centers or other instructional positions
  • Your definition of professionalism in a university environment
  • How you might contribute to the work we do
  • Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least two instructors/professors willing to serve as references for you (no need to ask them for a letter)

The second, an academic or professional writing sample

Applications will be accepted any time, but only reviewed once every fall and winter semester for hiring in the following semester.  Application deadlines are as follows:

  • For work beginning in the winter semester: Monday of Week 12 of the preceding fall semester—no later than 5pm.
  • For work beginning in the fall semester: Monday of Week 12 of the preceding winter semester—no later than 5pm.

Interviews will be conducted during Final Exam Week of the semester in which the application was submitted.

Undergraduate and Graduate Internships

In addition, the NMU Writing Center offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate internships. If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact NMU Writing Center Director Heidi Stevenson at hstevens@nmu.edu.