Becoming an IUPUI UWC Consultant

IUPUI undergraduates from all majors are welcome! English graduate students are also welcome to apply!

Employment at the University Writing Center can help you hone the following skills necessary to every field and career path:

  • Oral communication - Talk about ideas, give feedback, practice public speaking
  • Interpersonal communication - Work with individuals and on teams
  • Creativity - Help students brainstorm, develop ideas, and problem-solve
  • Project planning - Improve, maintain, and advertise the University Writing Center's programs
  • Writing

Learn more about what makes working at the UWC an amazing experience by reading consultant testimonials on the next tab.

Expectations and Skills

  • Collaborate through face-to-face and online sessions with university students and faculty at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
  • Talk with writers about their projects and offer insight into the writing process
  • Help make better writers, not just better writing
  • Learn about writing within a variety of disciplines as you support writers master writing for different audiences
  • Serve on one of the UWC's committees, which include Digital Resources & Online Consulting, Language & Cultural Diversity, Writing Across the Curriculum & Outreach, and Research & Assessment.
  • Complete appropriate training:
    • All students take ENG-W 397/597: Writing Center Theory and Practice before they are eligible to apply. The course is typically offered each fall semester.
    • Ongoing training and professional development is expected of all consultants during biweekly professional development workshops and meetings (typically Fridays from 12-2pm).

Academic and Research Opportunities

To Apply

  • IUPUI undergraduate and graduate students interested in working at the UWC should first complete ENG-W 397/597. If you want to learn more about working at the UWC, please contact University Writing Center Director Dr. Marilee Brooks-Gillies to ask specific questions or set up a time to talk. Please also feel free to drop by either UWC location to talk with staff members about their experiences.

"I look back at the two years I spent as a consultant at the writing center as an invaluable undergraduate work experience. Not only did it help me develop a range of transferable skills—like the ability to ask thoughtful questions, listen, give concrete feedback, and manage time strategically--but it also helped me hone my technical skillset as I had to learn to work with a variety of citation styles and research methods.
 Besides the opportunity for professional development, the UWC gave me the chance to be part of a supportive community of professors and peers who shared an interest in English, language, and writing. After I graduated from IUPUI, my work experience at the UWC paved the way for me to receive a Fulbright grant to be an English Teaching Assistant in Germany and later on in Austria. Even now, the skillsets I gained as a writing consultant continue to assist me as I progress in my career." - Sarah Evans, Undergraduate Writing Consultant

"Working at the UWC has opened my eyes to my own writing processes and made me a more critical writer, thinker, and human being. From sharpening similes in sonnets to helping artists articulate four years of accomplishments in all-too-brief artist statements, no two days are alike. My sessions at the UWC have taught me how to ask questions (very useful in my work as a freelance journalist for Indianapolis Monthly and the Indianapolis Star), coach but not command, propose but not prescribe, suggest but not stipulate -- and, most of all, that there is no such thing as a bad writer." —Sarah Bahr, Undergraduate Writing Consultant and Social Media Manager (2015-2018)

“For me, joining the writing center is one of the best decisions I have made in graduate school. It is not easy for me to make the decision because I am an international student and I was not confident about my language proficiency. However, the theories I learned in W600 and the practice I did in consultations have comforted me a lot. Many students, including international students also have commended my competence. They make me feel more confident and more comfortable about my job in UWC. I think creating an environment for writers and consultants to communicate about writing can promote knowledge transmission. Allowing an international consultant to support local writers on English writing can showcase the inclusivity and diversity in IUPUI.”—Jessica Cao, Graduate Writing Consultant

“When you have confidence in your writing, you can help other people find confidence in their writing. I don’t tell people they’re good writers; I wait for them to tell me they’re good writers.” —Delaney, Undergraduate Writing Center Consultant and Digital Resources & Online Consulting Committee Coordinator (2016-present)

"The opportunities and skills I obtained as a consultant at the UWC had an incredibly real impact on my career immediately out of college. Working at the UWC not only allowed me to improve and refine my interpersonal skills and working with clients, but my involvement in the Research & Assessment Committee gave a huge boost to my undergrad resume. UWC skills and experience helped me get a grant writing internship in my final semester of my undergrad. The UWC research/job experience combined with the grant writing internship landed me a job at the IU School of Medicine on campus as a Clinical Research Coordinator three months after graduation, and now my interpersonal skills, research knowledge, and grant writing/editing are used on a daily basis. A life-health sciences or nursing degree was technically required for the position (Masters preferred), but I impressed my employers with my social skills, research capabilities, and grant knowledge to the point where they didn't even notice my degree was an English B.A. Regardless of whether you're certain or clueless about your life post-college, the UWC will undoubtedly prepare you in ways that classes and other part-time jobs simply can't. I have yet to meet someone who regretted their time in the writing center!"—Patrick Stutz, Undergraduate Writing Consultant and Peer Writing Tutor/Consultant Alumni Writing Project Researcher (2015-2017)

The UWC is provided through the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts with support provided by University College and University Library. For more information about our programs, please see our promotional video, email the UWC, call 317-274-2049, visit the IUPUI UWC Facebook page or check out the UWC blog.