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), interns tutor 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 (either physically on campus or taking courses virtually) for the 6-week summer session who seek out help for their writing. The Summer WC is open Sundays-Thursdays, 7-10pm and will most likely be synchronous virtual tutoring for summer 2021. 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).
SUMMER WRITING CENTER & SCHEDULE
Interns will tutor 6 hours a week, or two 7-10pm ET evening shifts. We will collectively determine the summer schedule, which may change from week to week. Tutoring will likely be completely synchronous and virtual until it is safe to offer in-person tutoring.
Summer Tutoring 2021 Schedule: June 21-August 3
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 virtually through our online platform. You can schedule an appointment here: https://cornell.mywconline.net/
INTERNSHIP PEDAGOGICAL WORK
FWS CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS // VIRTUAL CLASSROOM WALK-THROUGHS
In addition to 6 hours of weekly tutoring, all interns will be expected to do some practical "observations." The nature of these observations will depend on summer availability. If summer FWS enrollment allows, interns will observe one FWS classroom (either virtually or in-person) per week (Kate will facilitate logistics). However, if observations are not possible, interns will be required to attend a weekly Virtual Classroom Walk-Through, in which Knight Institute faculty share their Canvas courses with us and talk through their FWS's assignments, scaffolding, grading, activities, and other classroom components. Each walk-through will involve about a 45-minute presentation and time for discussion and questions.
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 or virtually via Zoom
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.
LOGISTICS & APPLYING FOR THE INTERNSHIP
Kate Navickas, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 174 Rockefeller Hall