The Academic Success Center is pleased to offer a two-credit fall internship for students who have demonstrated strong abilities as writers and would like to develop their capacities as tutors. Successful applicants will receive training led by Dominican University faculty, tutors, and staff through an intensive practicum. In this semester-long practicum, Fellows will learn about writing center pedagogy and reflect on their tutoring experiences. After the initial training, the Fellows will begin working as tutors for 6 hours a week. Writing Fellows will receive continuous support and guidance throughout their internship by participating in observations and debriefing sessions. Fellows are paid for their work as tutors, as well as their hours in training. Although most graduate students do not choose to pursue course credit for the internship, they are still paid for their time as Fellows and are encouraged to apply.

  • Dominican University junior, senior, or graduate student for the 2021–2022 school year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply
  • Possess significant skills as a writer, reader, and interpersonal communicator
  • Have great enthusiasm for exploring the writing process
  • Would like to help build and be part of a community of learners
How to Apply

Submit the following materials to the ASC or email Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator:

  • A completed application form (pdf)
  • A 500-750-word personal statement explaining why you are interested in the internship and notes what aptitudes, skills, and personal qualities you would bring to the position
  • Two writing samples that you have submitted for class assignments or for publication at Dominican
  • The names and email addresses of two Dominican faculty members who can attest to the quality of your work as a student
  • The names and email addresses of two Dominican students who can attest to your communication and interpersonal skills
  • A copy of your Dominican transcripts

Applications can be brought into the ASC or emailed to Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator


All application materials are due by Friday, March 26, 2021. Fall Writing Fellows for the 2021–2022 academic year will be announced on Monday, April 26, 2021.

The Fall 2020 Writing Fellows

The ASC is very pleased to introduce you to the Fall 2020 Writing Fellows.

Paige Adkins

My name is Paige Adkins, and I am entering my last year at Dominican. I am a special education major and hope to teach in a middle school cross-category classroom where I would help instruct the students in all subject areas. I would also love to get a master's in autism spectrum disorders as well as in emotional and behavioral disorders. These are two areas within special education by which I am most fascinated and to which I am most drawn. I have loved reading since I was a kid, and while I do not write stories of my own, I can certainly appreciate a good one.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Reading books
  • Drinking too much coffee
  • Watching scary movies (and Netflix in general)
  • Musicals
  • Playing Animal Crossing
  • Advocating for human rights
What Being a Writing Fellow Means to Me

Being a Writing Fellow means acknowledging the vulnerability that comes with opening oneself up to constructive criticism; understanding that it is never our job to tear down a paper, but instead to help the writer build it up—all while ensuring their voice is never muffled. As a writing tutor I hope to build my communication skills, especially from the position of the peer mentor given that I am working on becoming a teacher.

Intellectual Passion/Favorite Book

One of my favorite novels is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The various portrayals of rebellion, victim, and complicity within this book remains just as fascinating with each reading. Though I admire many paintings, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat continues to draw my attention every time I see it. As someone who enjoys people watching, this painting encompasses just that. The collection of people enjoying a day to themselves with no regard for others, while giving the viewer an option to create backstories for each individual.

Rachel Huser

Hello everyone! I am a junior from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, double majoring in corporate communication and digital journalism with a minor in social media. To stay busy at Dominican, I am a part of the women's soccer team, and I work for the Office of Student Life and the Office of Admission as an ambassador. In addition to that, I am the secretary of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a student of the Mazzucchelli Honors Program.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Soccer
  • Reading
  • Road trip planning
  • Playing the violin, guitar and piano
  • Re-watching FRIENDS and Criminal Minds
  • Exploring with my hammock
What Being a Writing Fellow Means to Me

To be a Writing Fellow means that I now have the great opportunity to learn new and exciting writing styles from my peers. It also means that I now have the responsibility to share my knowledge of writing. Becoming a Writing Fellow has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a writer, and I look forward to doing so.   

Intellectual Passion/Favorite Play

I love anything and everything Oscar Wilde. My favorite work of his, other than his quotes, is The Importance of Being Earnest. I studied it closely in high school and I found I was able to identify with some aspects of the play. I also found his quotes to be quite inspirational and relatable even today. 

Jessica Mata

My name is Jessica Mata, and I am a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in Spanish. I am intrigued by people’s behaviors, and I am motivated to help others during their most difficult moments. Once I graduate, I plan on getting my PsyD in clinical psychology to fulfill my curiosities of people and the world.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Listening to educational podcasts
  • Expanding my music taste
  • Learning new ways of self-care
  • Binge watching tv shows
What Being a Writing Fellow Means to Me

Being a Writing Fellow means that I would continue my passion of helping others while still maintaining their voice and opinions in their writing. Writing can feel intimidating at times; thus, I hope to help students develop a more comfortable relationship with writing by sharpening their skills.

Intellectual Passion/Favorite Book

One of my favorite books is In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. This fictional-historical book tells the story of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic during a political turmoil. This book became memorable as I was exposed to magic realism for the first time and I was able to connect with a Latina woman’s perspective in literature.

Meghan O'Leary

My name is Meghan O’Leary, and I’m a junior with a major in English on the education track. One of the reasons I decided on an English major is for the writing factor which translates to the educational aspect; I had such influential English teachers and professors in my educational career that I want to continue their work by helping others through the process of writing.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Reading and writing 
  • Art: drawing and painting 
  • Traveling 
  • Movie watching 
  • Spending time with my pets 
  • Music
What Being a Writing Fellow Means to Me

Being a Writing Fellow is one the many ways I can improve my skills as a future educator. This internship will help with my leadership skills as well as peer reviewing different works of others. I know criticism on your own work can be difficult, and I believe I can offer a comfortable atmosphere for other students. To be able to help others in the English subject now is just one of the steps leading towards me helping students of my own in the classroom.

Intellectual Passion/Favorite Book

One of my favorite books is The Five People You Meet in Heaven ​ by Mitch Albom because it was recommended by my sister. It offers the idea that everybody you meet influences your own life in some way and it makes me more appreciative of the people I encounter, both the good and the bad. 

Sofia Olvera-Sandoval

Hello! My name is Sofia Olvera-Sandoval, and I am a sophomore at Dominican University. I am fascinated with language which has led me to double-major in Spanish and English, and minor in translation and interpretation. I am a member of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLA) and a part of Estilo, the Latin dance team on campus. I also work at the Performing Arts Center on campus.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Creative Writing
  • Reading
  • Learning about different cultures and traveling
  • Dance
  • Languages (currently trying to learn Portuguese!)
What Being a Writing Fellow Means to Me

To me being a Writing Fellow means providing a safe space to collaborate as writers and communicators. I am eager to listen to and strategize ideas to enhance writing!

Intellectual Passion/Favorite Book

One of my favorite books is Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros. I love Sandra Cisneros’ unique writing style and am fascinated by her ability to capture two intermingling worlds. In this novel she not only portrays the tension of being caught between two worlds, but she also captures the significance of generational tension.

Natalie de la Torre

My name is Natalie de la Torre, and I am currently a senior at Dominican, majoring in both political science and Spanish. I am part of the Mazzuchelli Scholars program here on campus. Once I graduate from Dominican, I plan to continue my academic career in hopes of obtaining a Master of Arts in International Studies or Political Science and potentially go further than that.

Hobbies and Interests
  • I love to play music. I learned to read music in the 4th grade and have continued to do so ever since. I love to play the piano and learn my favorite classical pieces or pop songs.
  • (Along with playing music, I love to listen to music and discover new artists. I love to go to concerts to watch my favorite artists perform.
  • I love to paint and draw. This is a passion I developed more recently in my life.
What Being a Writing Fellow Means to Me

Being a Writing Fellow allows me to help people who were once like me: not super confident about their writing skills. Writing is so personal and crucial to an individual’s education and I am excited to help students develop and bloom their writing skills, whether it be in English or Spanish. Being a Writing Fellow means developing my skills further, while helping someone else develop theirs.

Intellectual Passion/Favorite Work of Art

My favorite painting is Self-Portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States by Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo’s work is brilliant, and this painting stands out because it is so personal and political. The painting highlights the differences between the United States and Mexico and Kahlo’s personal feelings toward the two countries. As a Chicana, it reminds me of wanting to hold onto my Mexican heritage while living my life in the United States. 

Mariana Urueta

I am a passionate English and secondary education major who looks forward to helping others fall in love with the literary world. From reading under the hot sun of Atlanta, Georgia to the windy, buzzing city of Chicago, I believe that the written word is one of the great marvels of the world! And when I am not devouring books or painting, I enjoy nature and going on adventures with my loveable misfit groups of friends because I believe the 'coming of age' trope is never really over!

Hobbies and Interests
  • Reading female authors and social liberation works
  • Volunteering at the Animal Care League and with Planned Parenthood
  • Directing short films with friends
  • Watching Anime
  • Producing Mixed Medium works
  • Taking care of her dozen or so house plants, especially Vincent, the vine plant
What Being a Writing Fellow Means to Me

To me, being a Writing Fellow is having the opportunity to help others cultivate the same deep appreciation and love I have for the art of writing. I strive to help others comprehend the accessibility of literature and academic analysis regardless of its reputation and to help them reach their highest potential as students and writers. Not only is my motivation intrinsic, but I hope it extends outward in empowering others and encouraging them to articulate their desires and opinions better so they may shape the world they inherit.

Intellectual Passion/Favorite Book

One of my favorite books of all time is the picture book Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini. I remember not having the money to purchase the book when I was younger, so I would consecutively check it out from my school's library. The moment it would be processed back, I would grab it from the cart and religiously check it out. Now that I am 21 and personally own the book, I believe the book was the seed that has blossomed into my love of literature. The excitement of finding a work that you can read over and over is a peak I continue to chase to this day, and I think a perfect world is one where everyone can share that experience.

Chelsea Zhao

My name is Chelsea, and I am a digital journalism major with a minor in French. I am an international student from China who has studied in the United States for several years. I am a learner of many things and a jack of all trades, but my primary passion is languages. I currently hold the public relations role of the Dominican Star, student-led newspaper. I like to draw pen portraits, write poems on my blog, and have bold conversations with other people.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Exploring unknown terrains in Chicagoland
  • Playing the piano (my favorite pianist is Richard Clayderman)
  • Talking to strangers on the train to practice my foreign language skills
  • Listening to music, especially the ones with well-thought lyrics and noteworthy graphics (i.e. K-pop)
What Being a Writing Fellow Means to Me

I am invested in other people’s voices and stories; and I hope to help others in putting their unique experiences, compelling thoughts, and individuality down to paper. As an English as a Second Language (ESL) learner, I have struggled in translating my language as well as culture in English. As a Writing Fellow, I hope to help others find confidence and determination in their writing journey.

Intellectual Passion/Favorite Book

When I graduated middle school, my ESL teacher gifted me Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. It remains my favorite book to this day because of Marquez’s lush description of history, vivid use of words, and detailed description of character relationships. Marquez’s writing was so engaging that I laughed, cried, and wondered long after my eyes lingered past the last words of the book. More than anything, this book lessened my anxiety when I had to go through immigration to study in the United States and motivated me to learn Spanish.