What Are the Benefits of the Writing & Communication Center Internship?

Internships with Fayetteville State University’s Writing & Communication Center provide individuals with an opportunity for professional development in one-on-one and small-group tutoring sessions with students from various different educational disciplines. The Writing Center internship offers practical experience and career training for those aspiring to be in the field of education. Moreover, the program instills within interns the skills to work collaboratively with others, understand advanced tutoring strategies, being able to assist the educational needs of various subpopulations of students, all while continuing to improve their knowledge and application of their own writing.

Who May Apply to the Writing & Communication Center Internship?

Any undergraduate and graduate student, who has completed English 110/120 with a high score (despite your intended major), is currently enrolled in ENGL 480, COM 410, or a related internship course, and has approval from the department may apply. Interns should also possess excellent interpersonal skills, high integrity of academic honesty, and a firm understanding of the writing process.

What Are the Required Qualifications?

  • Must have student status at FSU.
  • Must have successfully completed ENGL 110/120 with a grade of B or better.
  • Must be currently enrolled in ENGL 480, COM 410, or a related internship course.
  • Must get approval from the respective department.

Will I be trained?

All interns will be required to go through similar training as any paid student and professional tutors. These trainings are mandatory and will teach interns tutoring tips and strategies to best ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge to best serve all FSU students. Interns will also shadow either the Writing Center coordinator or a seasoned tutor before working with any student.

What Application Materials Should I Submit and When Are They Due?

In order to apply for a position as a Writing & Communication Center Intern, please follow the instructions below:

  • A completed application form. Please email the Writing Center Coordinator to receive one via email at
  • Writing sample (3-5 pages in length)
  • 1 recommendation form (preferably from the internship faculty member or the department chair). Faculty must submit the form directly to the Writing & Communication Center Coordinator via email or print.
  • Applicants must submit all completed materials (excluding the recommendation form) as a single packet to the Writing & Communication Center Coordinator either in person (Helen T. Chick Building, Room 218) or online via email and before the start of the semester.

What Will My Schedule Be Like? Will I Get Paid?

Interns have flexibility in their scheduling and will discuss with the Writing & Communication Center Coordinator what will work best for them and their course requirements. We do offer both in-person and online opportunities for interns, to ensure that the program is equitable and accessible for all who wish to apply. Currently, this is an unpaid position although having a great commitment to the program could eventually lead to the student being hired after they have successfully completed their internship obligations.

Personal Testimonies

"I have learned a significant amount of information while doing my internship at the Writing Center. I learned how to help my peers without doing the work for them, I was able to strengthen my communication skills along with establishing the educational connection between the tutee and me... I would recommend being a tutor at the Writing Center to a student in the English program. Being a tutor at the writing center was the best experience that I had at Fayetteville State University, I was able to interact with my peers and help them with any assignments that they needed, whether it was research papers or speeches." - Breyonna Hardy (Spring 23)

"It has been a very valuable experience for me that I think will serve me well if I ultimately decide to go into teaching in the future." - Joseph Tate (Spring 24)