Working for the SWLC

Openings for the 2023-2024 School Year

Language Tutors – Still Seeking a Russian & Greek Tutor. READ AND APPLY HERE!

Writing TutorsNot hiring now. Roster is full.

W-CATs, or Course Attached Tutors for Writing – Hiring now for the Fall 2024 FYSs!

If you are interested in working as a tutor for the Student Writing & Language Center, there are a couple of ways to become a member of our staff.


A wonderful way to begin your tutoring journey is to apply to become a Course Attached Tutor for Writing, or a W-CAT, for an FYS (First Year Seminar). This is a great position for rising sophomores interested in giving tutoring a try and supporting first-year writers as they transition to college-level writing, reading, and speaking tasks. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for juniors or seniors to “give back” by supporting first year students just entering Bates and/or an opportunity to work more closely with your advisor or a particular professor with whom you’ve had a course (or several courses!) with in your time at Bates. If you know a professor teaching an FYS, ask them to nominate you to be their W-CAT, or, simply apply!

After a brief application and interview process, successful W-CAT applicants will gain instructor permission to enroll in the half-credit training course, EXDS 201 Writing Tutoring: Supporting Your Peers as Writers, Thinkers, & Communicators, which is offered in the winter semester before they work as an FYS W-CAT.


To become a Writing Tutors, students must enroll in and successfully complete EDUC s19 Theory & Practice of Writing & Tutoring by the end of their first, sophomore, or junior year at Bates. After completion of the course (which includes a brief application process), most EDUC s19 students choose to become model tutors and peer leaders in the SWLC for the remainder of their Bates career.


Language Tutors are trained on-the-job to support language-learners in any of the eight languages taught at Bates College, including Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, Greek, Latin, Russian, and German. Apply to be a Language Tutor when the job ads go live, typically in February or March. Watch Handshake for updates!


We highly recommend that you meet with a few tutors in the SWLC before you apply to get a sense of the job and see how we work. Tutors will be happy to talk to you about the job and are encouraged to do so! The double benefit of this is that you get support with your writing, speaking, or language-learning goals while doing some light “job shadowing.”

Typically, we have our full staff in place by April/May for the following school year so tutors can hit the ground running upon returning to campus in the fall. We hope you join the SWLC Nation!

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