Jobs for Graduate Students

Our spring application round is now open! Deadline: Monday, May 6 at 1pm.

Working as a Writing Intern

Working as a Lector in Academic and Professional Writing

Working as a Writing Tutor

Because the students we teach---from first-years to PhD students---come from many different disciplines with many different professional goals, we encourage UChicago graduate students from ALL divisions and departments to apply.

We hire graduate students who are covered by the terms of the Graduate Aid Initiative as well as those who are not. If you are covered by GAI, please check with your department to see if it has any policies specific to GAI students accepting teaching appointments outside the department.

Please read our job descriptions (linked above) and "How to Apply" section (below). Still have questions? Email, or stop by Stuart 330.


1) Download the Writing Program Application

We hire for three positions using the same application: Writing Interns, Lectors, and Writing Tutors. You may apply for any or all of these positions. Please be sure to read each description carefully within the application packet and/or on our website before applying.

2) After reading through the application packet, submit the following materials via our web form:

  • Personal statement. (A form is included in our application packet.) Let us know about your teaching experience, editing experience, writing experience, approach to writing, and/or anything else you think relevant. 
  • Writing Sample. 7-10-page (double-spaced) sample of your own writing. Cut longer documents down to a 10-page excerpt, including your introduction and a coherent section.
  • Writing sample cover sheet. (A form is included in the packet.) This cover sheet asks you to reflect on and evaluate your own work.  To preserve the anonymity of this portion of your application, please remove your name from both the writing sample and the cover sheet.  
  • A comment on a sample student paper. The student paper is included in our Application Packet. Please take no more than an hour to write your comments. To preserve anonymity, do not put your name on the paper comment.

All of the materials above must be submitted at the same time.

3) Request one letter of recommendation:

  • The letter of recommendation should come from someone familiar with your teaching or your potential as a teacher. As a best practice, please have your letter writer send their recommendation to by the application deadline of May 6. All letters must be received no later than Monday, May 13.  

*Must letters of recommendation be submitted at the same time as other materials?

While we ask for a complete application file for each applicant by May 6, we know the letter of recommendation is less under the applicant's control. We ask that all letters be sent to absolutely no later than May 13. Please note that we cannot extend a hiring offer until we receive a recommendation letter.

What if I'm away from campus and wish to apply?

If you're not on campus this quarter, you may still apply, using the procedure described above.  If you are invited to an interview, we can arrange an interview by Skype or FaceTime.   

What do you look for in applicants?

In general: We're not interested in technical knowledge about language or composition. It's no great advantage to have taken any of our courses. We're more interested in how you approach the task of teaching writing. 

Paper comment: We'll ask you to pretend you're writing to the author of the paper, NOT to us. We're interested in how you engage with the writer, and the way you use the paper comment as an opportunity to teach the writer something about writing.

Writing sample: We'd like to see a ten-page (double spaced) sample of expository prose directed toward an academic or professional audience. If your available writing samples are longer than 10 pages, please select an excerpt that includes the introduction.

Letters of rec: We read recommendations carefully. It's less important to get a letter from someone who can speak to the quality of your scholarly work than it is to get a letter evaluating the way you interact in a classroom. If you have no previous teaching experience, ask a faculty member who has seen you participate in a seminar or workshop. The letter does not have to be from UChicago, so if you have teaching experience elsewhere, a letter from there may be best.