Professional Development

The M.A. English Program works closely with the Lannan Center for Poetics & Social Practice, the Writing Center, the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS), and other entities both on-and-off campus to help connect students with employment opportunities that frequently present themselves in the course of any given academic year (and even in the summer). The Program Manager shares these opportunities with students as they come up.

You can find opportunities for additional on-campus employment opportunities on the Student Employment Office website.

Below is a list of mostly on-campus positions typically available for M.A. English students to apply for during the fall and/or spring semesters and two optional training opportunities in teaching.

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Responsibilities include: 

  • Events: Attends and serves as a point-of-contact for Lannan Center events, including overseeing room and catering set-up, assisting with set-up and transport of materials to venue, and clean-up after events.
  • Design: Designs event promotion materials for web and print, including postcards, posters, and program for the Lannan Spring Symposium.
  • Marketing and Promotion: Assists with promoting events to the Georgetown University community and greater D.C. area when applicable; posts flyers around campus leading up to events; sends email blasts to relevant departments, professors, student groups, and organizations.
  • Website Management: Makes updates to, uploads podcasts, audio, and video to hosting websites such as and Vimeo.

Reports to Program Coordinator for the Lannan Center for Poetics & Social Practice.

Responsibilities include:

  • Tutoring graduate students in the Writing Center—individualized 30- to 60-minute sessions for around 4–5 hours per week.
  • Using web and other skills to help professionalize the Center, through tracking of online appointment features and developing possibilities for online tutoring.
  • Holding administrative office hours in which you attend to Center business (e.g., coordinate class visits by the tutors to promote the Writing Center’s services; schedule tutor office hours; monitor undergraduate tutor attendance; arrange for substitute tutors when necessary; restock office supplies; read and tabulate student reports each week; match tutors up with special sections of WRIT-015 in fall and spring; assist with recruiting in the spring).
  • Scheduling graduate tutor office hours.
  • Coordinating and leading bi-weekly graduate training meetings.
  • Assisting with graduate orientations before classes begin in mid to late August.
  • Coordinating instructional workshops for specific groups (such as international students or thesis writers).

Reports to Director of the Writing Center.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Tutoring graduate students and Continuing Studies students in the Writing Center—individualized 30- to 60-minute sessions for around 8 hours per week.
  • Undertaking research and web-development projects designed to enhance the work of the Writing Program (2 hours per week).
  • Participating in bi-weekly training sessions and staff meetings.

Reports to Director of the Writing Center.

A graduate student tutor will work with the School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) to provide writing support for distance students enrolled in an online graduate program in nursing. Comfort using new technology and willingness to study expectations for successful writing in NHS are essential.

Graduate student assistants will provide support in implementing the writing-intensive dimension of first-year seminars in the McDonough School of Business during the fall semester only. Assistants will attend course meetings, hold office hours, conduct in-class workshops and work with faculty in other ways to support the writing-intensive dimension of courses.

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Georgetown University Press Internships (new window)

Listed below are programs that offer optional training in teaching outside the MA English degree:

CNDLS Apprenticeship in Teaching Certificate (new window)

Institute for College Preparation (new window)