WA Intern FAQ
Do I need to be a Swarthmore student?
No, we have had interns who were graduates of many different colleges and universities.
Is this position only for graduating seniors?
No, we have had interns with master's degrees in the past. It is, however, desirable to have an intern close in age to Swarthmore students in order to maintain the peer-tutoring dynamic.
What is the salary range for the position?
The salary is commensurate with experience and is determined by the college once a person is selected for the position. The position does include full benefits including health insurance and the ability to take one course per semester. You won't get rich, but interns have been able to live comfortably on their salary.
Does the application need to be received or postmarked by February 24, 2012?
A postmark of February 24 is just fine.
Can I submit part of a longer paper or would you rather have a shorter paper?
We would like to have ten pages of your academic writing—if you feel your best writing is in an excerpt from a paper longer than that length, please offer us some context for the excerpt so that we have some idea of the larger argument you are making.
My writing center doesn't allow us to write on the paper when we tutor students. What are you looking for with my comments?
In our program, Writing Associates are given thirty to forty-five minutes to review a paper and mark their comments on it in preparation for a conference. The student and the Writing Associate then meet for a twenty-minute or thirty-minute conference to discuss the paper and the WA's comments. Your notes should be conducive to this sort of process.
What kind of housing does the internship include?
The internship does not include housing. You will be responsible for making your own living arrangements in the Greater Philadelphia area. Swarthmore's Student Housing Office offers a list of local area apartment-shares and house-shares in and around Swarthmore.
How much time will I be spending working with students and how much with administrative duties?
The intern's schedule means a roughly 50-50 time commitment. Mornings are generally spent doing administrative work, while the intern acts as a writing tutor during the Writing Center's afternoon hours. One evening a week the intern serves as receptionist for the Center, in which case she or he may also work with students when the Center gets particularly busy.