Looking for a great opportunity to help others, use your writing skills, and build your résumé? Consider working at the MiraCosta Writing Center! Applications are due April 15 for 2013 – 2014 positions. If you're interested in applying to be a writing consultant, please complete the Writing Consultant Application and attach a writing sample of at least three pages of your academic work and a completed Recommendation Form.
- WC Application for Current MiraCosta Students (PDF)
- WC Application for Non-MiraCosta Students (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Recommendation Form (PDF)
Listed below are our frequently asked questions about hiring.
- Why work for the MiraCosta Writing Center?
- Are there opportunities for career or personal growth?
- Who is eligible to work at the Writing Center?
- What do writing consultants do?
- Can I be a writing consultant if I’m not an English or Literature major?
- Do you expect me to know everything about writing?
- Can I be a writing consultant if English isn’t my first language?
- How will I learn to be a writing consultant?
- How many hours can I work?
- Is the work steady?
- Where is the main office?
- Still have questions?
Writing consultants enjoy the convenience and experience this job provides. Students can work before, after, and between classes, without commuting!
Absolutely. Writing consultants work closely with faculty inside classrooms, assist with training new consultants, facilitate student learning communities, and even attend/develop conference workshops. Many consultants have developed lasting relationships with staff and instructors, creating professional networks that last beyond their work here at MiraCosta.
MiraCosta students have typically completed English 100 with an A or B. But we occasionally hire students for particular programs who are not that far along. We also hire non-students, usually people who have completed a bachelors or masters degree, often (though not necessarily) in English.
Writing Consultants work with students in one-to-one sessions, assist faculty inside classrooms, and facilitate learning communities (student study groups). We try to match our staff with their interests and provide opportunities to give them a diverse work experience. Primarily, writing consultants talk with students about their ideas, organization, and writing skills. We’re not editors; our goal is to help students develop as writers. We pride ourselves on being friendly, helpful, and approachable.
Of course! Some of our best writing consultants are math, sociology, and science majors. Our writing consultants are trained to work with all student writers, regardless of what course they’re seeking assistance with.
Not at all. We expect you to be comfortable working with student writers, but we don’t expect you to know everything. Even our most experienced writing consultants still ask each other for help. We also keep resources on hand you can use during your sessions. The important thing is that you’re comfortable enough to admit when you don’t know something and are willing to help the student find the answer.
Many of our best writing consultants speak other languages or have learned English later in life. In fact, we pride ourselves on our diverse staff and their ability to assist our students.
All writing consultants attend training—both pre-semester and on select Fridays throughout the semester. New writing consultants complete a training agreement which invites them to reflect on their learning and experience as a new consultant. All training work is paid. Because we value this education so highly, if you’re unable to attend these training sessions you cannot be hired as a writing consultant.
We ask that you be available a minimum of 10 hours a week. Student workers may work a maximum of 19.5 hours a week. Other employees can work up to 40 hours. Most of our staff work 15-30 hours in a variety of settings.
Good question. Actually the work is not steady. The Writing Center opens the second week of each semester and runs until the middle of finals week. In between, our business grows as the semester progresses. In summer we have a reduced staff who works very few hours.
Our Writing Center Director and Specialist have offices at the Oceanside campus. However, they frequently travel to our other locations and can meet people there as appropriate.
Call us at (760) 795-6861 with your questions, or stop by the Writing Center at any of our campus locations to learn more about what we do.