Undergraduate Programs

Our 2020 application cycle has ended. Thank you for your interest!


Explore this page to decide if Writing Advising is a good fit for you. Find application instructions at the bottom.

What does an effective WA look like?

Strong WA’s are skilled coaches, demonstrate professionalism, and are open to collaborating with and learning from North Park’s diverse community. We expect WA’s to grow as writers during their work with us—we love imperfect writers who love to improve. We also need a variety of majors to assist with all genres of writing, from lab reports to poetry. Finally, our writing center’s strength comes from employing WA’s of all races, identities, and backgrounds. All are invited and necessary.

We prefer that WA’s work for at least 2 semesters after taking the WRIT 2100 WA training course Fall 2020, so application is limited to students graduating December 2022 or later. Applicants who successfully completed WRIT 1000 in the fall are welcome to apply; after a successful interview, employment is contingent on submitting a final CORE 1000 grade of C or better.

See this Venn diagram created by our WA’s for more skills good WA’s should possess.

Why should I become a WA (Writing Advisor)?

Build your writing skills and resume. Between honing your writing, tutoring, serving on committees, and even interviewing new WA’s, Writing Center work gives you standout skills applicable to any job (not to mention letters of recommendation). WA’s can also conduct research and participate in scholarly conferences, excellent for any CV.

Serve other writers and your community. In addition to helping fellow North Park students improve their writing, WA’s can participate in countless service projects–from exchanging writing with “inside” North Park students at Stateville prison to helping CPS students with admissions essays.

Earn flexible income. WA’s earn $10.50/hour and can choose their advising hours. Extra shifts are easy to pick up.

Make friends. WA’s forge life-long friendships and gain access to a network of fellow WA’s from all walks of life.

Become a leader and get famous. WA’s can build confidence and take advantage of leadership opportunities by joining our leadership team, spearheading committees, facilitating workshops, and much more. WA’s are known by their advisees, faculty, staff, and administrators across campus.

Connect with professors. Get to know your favorite professors by advising for their course.

Enjoy a comfortable working environment. The Writing Center is located in Brandel Library, a quiet, welcoming, and centralized space to meet advisees. Plus, the Writing Center always has snacks, coffee, and tea to fuel your work.

What do WA’s do?

Advise writing students. As a new WA, you’ll hold scheduled writing conferences with 8 student advisees from one course. You’ll meet each advisee 3 times over the term, each time discussing one of their 3 course essays.

Work drop-in hours. Each WA is also expected to work at least 2 hours per week in our drop-in advising space in Brandel Library, where students can come for unscheduled writing support.

Complete WRIT 2100, Tutoring Writing. All new WA’s are required to take this 2-semester-hour course concurrent with their first semester of WAing. WRIT 2100 will introduce you to writing center theory and tutoring best practices; you may elect to take it for 0, 1, or 2 semester hours.

Attend monthly general meetings. There’s free food, and they’ll apprise you of vital policies, professional development, and fun Writing Center opportunities.

Attend at least 1 start-of-term meeting with your assigned instructor(s). You’ll be WAing their course, and learning the instructor’s essay due dates and expectations up front is key to successfully assisting your advisees.

Maintain open communication with instructors. Frequent communication with your assigned instructor(s) ensures you stay on the same page.

What’s my time obligation?

On most weeks, you’ll only work your minimum 2 drop-in hours. On the weeks you conference with your advisees, new WA’s should budget 10–12 hours. WA’s can also volunteer to work on other special projects.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

We’ll begin accepting applications in Spring 2021. You DO NOT need a nomination to apply. Please submit a complete application including all of the below components:

  • Cover sheet, filled out and on top of your application materials (download and edit from the link)
  • Cover letter, explaining why you’d be a strong fit for this position
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation written by a North Park faculty member (This is different from a faculty nomination; click here to learn what a LOR is, and how to request one.)
  • A sample of argumentative, college-level writing that cites sources; one additional sample may be included to demonstrate a range of writing skills
  • Informal transcript (printed or a screenshot from WebAdvisor)

Either drop your materials as one Word or PDF document, not multiples to Jenny Ingersoll at jzingersoll@northpark.edu

What happens after I apply?

After we receive and review applications, we’ll contact applicants to schedule 30-minute remote interviews with a panel of interviewers.

Help! I still have questions.

Contact Jenny Ingersoll (jzingersoll@northpark.edu) or Melissa Pavlik (mpavlik@northpark.edu)

We can’t wait to see what you’ll bring to the Writing Center and we hope to hear from you!