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Cornell Writing Centers Summer Internship Program

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Cornell Writing Centers

Summer Internship Program


“Our job is to produce better writers, not better writing.”


Stephen North, “The Idea of a Writing Center”


“Students notice whether consultants match intellectual challenge and excitement, revealing an understanding of intellectual engagement as a two-way street. Student-writers describe this engagement as centered not only in the writing, but also in the conversation and the individual writer and learner.”


Pamela Bromley, Eliana Schonberg and Kara Northway “Student Perceptions of Intellectual Engagement in the Writing Center”



The Cornell Writing Centers’ summer internship program involves two main components: tutoring and pedagogical reflection. Throughout the internship (6-week summer session that starts the last week of June), you will be tutoring in the Summer Writing Center. The tutoring will involve working one-on-one with students in FWSes, pre-freshman summer programs, and any other students at Cornell for the 6-week summer session who seek out help for their writing. The Summer WC is open Sundays-Thursdays, 7-10pm in Klarman Hall 42 and 44. Ideally, we will have 2-4 general writing center tutors working each night as well as 1-2 multilingual specialist tutors. Depending on scheduling and the number of interns, most interns will need to tutor 2 shifts (nights) a week. Additionally, we will be meeting once a week as a group to reflect on tutoring, responding to student writing, conferencing, pedagogy, and other issues that may arise (usually, we meet on Mondays around 1:00pm).

The Writing Center Internship Experience seeks to foster experience with and reflection on:

  • Conferencing with students

  • Responding to student writing

  • Working with multilingual writers

  • Understanding a variety of writing assignment learning objectives and prompts

  • Developing & enacting pedagogical values through tutoring practices

  • Assessing and responding (using a variety of practices) to individual student learning and writing needs

  • Connections between tutoring and teaching writing


Internship Workload Expectations

Each week, Interns will be expected to do the following:

  • 1.5 hours of staff meetings
  • 6 hours of tutoring
  • .5 hours for client report forms and reflective posts on Canvas
  • Observation of one FWS course (1-1.5 hours once during the whole summer)

The Summer Writing Center Internship program offers an opportunity to have an immersive experience working directly with students and their writing. The benefits of tutoring include developing a deep awareness of the specific writing and writing issues of Cornell students as well as practicing responding to student writing in ways that are pedagogical (which often includes practices that may feel counterintuitive, such as focusing on one higher order issue and avoiding over-commenting).



Interns will tutor 6 hours a week, or two 7-10pm evening shifts. We will collectively determine the summer schedule, which may change from week to week. Almost all tutoring will be face-to-face in Klarman 42 & 44; however, we will have a few digital tutoring shifts (remote, synchronous video conferences using our online scheduling platform). 

Summer Tutoring 2020 Schedule: June 22-August 3 

Promotional Blurb
The Cornell Summer Writing Center (WC) provides support for individuals at any stage of the writing process. It is a free resource available to everyone on campus—faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students—for nearly any kind of writing project: applications, presentations, lab reports, essays, papers, and more. Tutors (trained graduate students) serve as responsive listeners and readers who can address questions about the writing process or about particular pieces of writing. They can also consider questions of confidence, critical reading, analytic thought, and imagination. All tutors have experience working with English language learners, and we have two tutors who specialize in helping multilingual writers at the sentence-level.

This summer, the WC is offering tutoring Sundays-Thursdays, 7:00-10:00pm in Klarman Hall, KG42 and 44. We welcome drop-ins, or you can schedule an appointment here: https://cornell.mywconline.net/




In addition to 6 hours of weekly tutoring, all interns will be expected to observe one FWS course during the 6-week summer session. Kate will facilitate the logistics of this, which will likely involve having 4-6 people sign up each week for their one observation. FWS Observations are intended to offer an opportunity to see and reflect on one writing class. This experience seeks to foster thinking about writing activities, class discussions and dynamics, the role of the teacher, lesson plans, and classroom management. Although each Intern will only observe one class, through weekly sharing and discussion of observations at staff meetings, as a group, we will have the opportunity to reflect on different classroom models, dynamics, and activities as they occur over the course of the summer semester.

As a group, everyone will be expected to attend an initial longer (2-3 hour) tutoring orientation that covers basic tutoring pedagogy, practice and tutoring expectations. In addition to this initial orientation, we will meet weekly for an hour and a half to reflect on best practices, pedagogy, specific writing genres and issues and FWS observations, as well as to discuss specific issues that arose during tutoring once a week. The goal of the weekly meetings is to both deepen understandings of different aspects of tutoring writing as well as to help Interns make connections between tutoring and teaching, so as to better apply the tutoring experiences to their FWSes. TAs may be asked to bring some writing, assignments, etc. to each meeting, depending on the topic.

Usually Meetings: Mondays, 1:00-2:30 (*subject to change each summer) 
Location: 178 Rockefeller Hall

Discussion Board
To prepare for the Monday staff meeting, Interns will need to respond to a prompt on a Canvas discussion board by Thursday evening. The goal of the discussion board is to reflect on the specific issues that came up during the week’s shifts, pedagogical interests or concerns, tutoring practice, or any interesting overlaps between 7100 and tutoring prior to the staff meeting. These are due Thursday so that the administrative assistant has the time to review them to help make plans for the staff meeting.



Who Should Apply 
We prioritize applications from TAs who will simultaneously be taking WRIT 7100 in the summer, and thus, teaching an FWS for the first time the next academic year. However, we often have 1-2 positions available for an advanced tutoring internship that includes administrative work, a role in which we hope to place graduate students who have some previous experiences tutoring writing. 
How to Apply
Application must be obtained from and signed by your department's Director of Graduate Studies. Submit completed forms to Dr. David Faulkner.
February 27, 2020



Faculty Mentor
Kate Navickas, PhD ken43@cornell.edu
Office: 174 Rockefeller Hall