Jobs for Undergraduates

Undergraduate Peer Writing Tutor applications are now closed.

Thank you for your interest!

The Writing Program is piloting Undergraduate Peer Writing Tutor positions in 2019-20. Because the College Core Writing Tutors help undergrads working on papers in a wide variety of courses, we encourage UChicago students from any major to apply.

Below you'll find more information about the pilot Peer Writing Tutor positions, including a position description and application packet.

Questions? Email, or stop by Stuart 330. (Directions here, or view a map.)  We'll also be holding an Info Session about the Undergraduate Peer Writing Tutor positions:

Info Session: Undergraduate Peer Writing Tutors

Thursday, January 24th 4:30pm in the Writing Program Office


Position Description:

Would you like to improve your writing skills while helping others improve their skills?  The Writing Program is accepting applications from second- and third-year students in the College, for the new position of Peer Writing Tutor. 

In individual meetings like those offered by College Core Writing Tutors, Peer Writing Tutors provide writing support to undergraduates enrolled in Common Core courses. Peer Writing Tutors are not copyeditors or proofreaders; instead, they help writers improve their skills in analyzing and revising academic writing.

Peer Writing Tutors hired in Winter Quarter 2019 are required to take a full training course (ENGL 13000, Little Red Schoolhouse) in Spring Quarter 2019.  Upon successful completion of the training, Peer Writing Tutors will begin working one, two or three 4-hour tutoring shifts per week, during the evenings in Autumn Quarter 2019.  Peer Writing Tutor positions are renewable in subsequent academic quarters. 

Salary: $15.00/hour.

We welcome applicants from throughout the College. You do not need prior experience tutoring. You do not need to be a literature major. You do not need to speak English as a first language.

How to Apply:

1) Download the Peer Writing Tutor Application Packet

  • 2019 Application packet as a Word file (preferred)
  • 2019 Application packet as a pdf

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

  • Unofficial copy of your transcript
  • Personal statement  -- 1 page, single-spaced. 
  • Personal statement cover sheet -- Included in the application packet
  • Writing sample -- 4-7 pages, double-spaced
  • Writing sample cover sheet -- Included in the application packet

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

3) Request at least one letter of recommendation:

  • At least one letter of recommendation should be from a University of Chicago faculty member, instructor, or writing intern.  The letter of recommendation should be from someone who is familiar with your writing at UChicago and how you communicate in the classroom. Please ask your letter writer to send their recommendation via email to by the application deadline (Feb. 11th, 2019).

4) Visit the Writing Program office to provide feedback on a sample student paper: 

  • Once your application is submitted (see #2), you will be asked to come to the Writing Program office between February 12th and February 14th to provide feedback on a sample student paper.

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. We also do not require any previous experience tutoring or teaching writing. It's no great advantage to have taken any of our courses. We're more interested in how you communicate and think about the tasks of writing and revising.

Writing sample: We'd like to see a 4-7 page (double-spaced) sample of writing from one of your courses at UChicago. If your available writing samples are longer than 7 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. Ask a UChicago faculty member, instructor, or writing intern who has seen you participate in a course, seminar or workshop.