Working for the WLC

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

The first and best way is to take the short term course EDU s19 Theory & Practice of Writing & Tutoring. Students who complete this theoretical and pragmatic course in good standing usually go on to become model tutors and peer leaders in the center.

Another way is to apply to become a tutor when our job ads go live on Handshake, which is typically in February and March of each year. The application process involves submitting a Letter of Interest, a Faculty Recommendation, a Writing Sample and/or Tutoring Statement or Philosophy, and meeting with the WLC professional staff for an interview. Students who are hired through this application process receive about 20 hours of extensive, paid training that is distributed synchronously and asynchronously throughout the semester during which they work. In other words, successful applicants get intensive “on the job” training and may even be paired with a Writing Fellow or another seasoned Writing Tutor for mentorship and support.

We highly recommend that you meet with a few tutors in the WLC 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 or May for the following school year so they can hit the ground running upon returning to campus in the fall.


The WLC is fully staffed for the 2022-2023 school year. We are not currently hiring.

PLEASE CHECK BACK TO THIS PAGE IN FEBRUARY FOR A LIST OF OUR JOBS FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY.

Have questions about employment with the WLC? Please email writing@bates.edu.