Frequently Asked Questions

YES!  Well, as an undergrad you have to apply first and complete English 388W: The Writing Center Internship.  After you’ve finished the course and administration has given the go ahead, then you may be selected as a paid tutor. 

You should apply!  We welcome undergrads with interest and experience in all disciplines, languages, and cultures. What’s that?  The little nagging voice in your head telling you you aren’t a writing expert?  Well, tell that little voice it doesn’t matter as long as you are a competent writer and have great people skills, communication skills, and study habits.  We’ll help you become a better writer and tutor along the way.

Tutoring boot camp.  Just kidding.  This internship will teach you how to become a tutor!  In class, you’ll learn about the theory, practice, pedagogy, and history of writing centers.  You’ll also spend some time each week observing tutoring sessions and eventually conducting tutoring sessions in the Writing Center.  You can find out more about the class and the internship on the English homepage under “Academics.”  Or just google “UMD Writing Center.”

Nope!  We accept applications from grad students throughout the year.  Go ahead and apply if you have tutoring or teaching experience.  Email a cover letter and your resume or CV to

Right now!  We accept applications on a rolling basis for the fall and spring semesters.  If the class is full or it’s after the drop/add period, you can ask to be considered for the following semester.  The sooner you can apply, the better.

You can apply by submitting the internship application form and all other necessary materials online using this link:

Make sure you include a thoughtful one-page statement about why you’re applying, some writing samples, and references with current contact info—include phone numbers AND email addresses.  Triple edit and let your references know they’re your references!

Aim for academic references, like teachers, who know you well and can speak to your performance as a student, and as someone who can work one-on-one with other students.  You can also ask supervisors on campus or other recent managers.

It depends on how long it takes to get in touch with your references.  After that happens, we’ll make a decision based on the quality of your application.  We might have some additional questions and want to schedule an interview, so stay tuned.  We’ll get back to you as soon as possible via email.

You’ll become a part of a unique community of people interested in helping others.  You’ll learn a lot about writing, communicating, and tutoring..  You’ll have opportunities to do academic research and present at professional conferences.  You’ll also gain valuable work experience that looks impressive on your resume, and might even receive recommendation letters from the director and assistant directors for future employment or gradschool. The skills you’ll develop in the Writing Center can serve you well in a number of other fields after college.