The Office of Literacy and Learning Resources in the Academic Enrichment 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.

Qualifications
  • Dominican University junior, senior, or graduate student for the 2019-2020 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 AEC 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 AEC or emailed to Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator

Deadline

 All application materials are due by Friday, March 22, 2019. Fall Writing Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year will be announced on Monday, April 22, 2019.

The Fall 2018 Writing Fellows

The AEC is very pleased to introduce you to the Fall 2018 Writing Fellows. The Fellows, who were competitively selected for their considerable strengths as writers and communicators, were trained to work as tutors in our office of Literacy and Learning Resources. Below, please find a brief introduction to our Fellows. If you have a passion and an aptitude for writing and are interested in becoming a Writing Fellow in the Fall of 2019, please consider applying (pdf). For any questions, please contact Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator.

Gloria Gervacio

Gloria Gervacio is a junior majoring in neuroscience. She hopes to someday be in a medical career that involves working with children. Gervacio comes from a Spanish-speaking family. This brought experiences that made her aware of the common struggles that bilingual students have and she looks forward to helping students overcome those challenges.

Hobbies and Interests                
  • Netflix (especially Criminal Minds, and The Night Shift)
  • Art Expositions
  • Museums
  • Walking around parks, beach, and places full of nature   
What it Means to be a Writing Fellow

Being a writing fellow means giving back to Dominican as well as to my peers by helping as a tutor. I had great experiences at the AEC, now I would like to help those who may be in the place that I used to be. It also means an opportunity to learn from other fellow students. Through their writing, I can learn more about other cultures, religions, academic disciplines, etc.

Intellectual Passion

My favorite book is The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Growing up, I have admired the courage, determination, and resilience of strong women. When I read the book, I thought that Katniss Everdeen displayed the characteristics. Due to the characteristics of Everdeen, I believe that she is a good role model for young women. Since then, I became even more interested in reading books that involve action, science fiction, and of course, strong women.

Maggie McClure

My name is Maggie McClure and I’m a sophomore, double majoring in history and art history. After Dominican, I want to work as a museum curator, preferably at an art museum. I’m from Southern California, but love living in River Forest around Chicago. I’m on DU’s Women’s Soccer Team. I also work as a Student Ambassador for the Admission Office.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Soccer
  • Anaheim Ducks fan
  • Reading
  • Knitting
  • Dog person
What it Means to be a Writing Fellow

I look forward to being a writing tutor because not only will I help people with their writing, but I will also learn from them during our time together. Sometimes, I think it’s easier to talk to a peer about people’s writing issues and I hope together we can create a plan that’s realistic and achievable to produce better writing that people are happy with.

Favorite Book

My current favorite book is Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, who’s the author of The Girl on the Train. The book is a murder mystery, and I like how I never know who the killer is and have to keep guessing. The narration is told from several different perspectives, which makes the story like a puzzle that you must connect all the clues together to understand the plot.  

Sebastian Medina

Sebastian is a Chicago native and an undergraduate senior majoring in communication studies. As someone fascinated with popular culture and social media, Sebastian has interned for Dot FM, a digital media company that specializes in digital marketing and social media outreach. While in high school, he participated in the 48 Hour Film Project, which prompted him to create his own screenplays and short stories shortly after. Ultimately, this continued interest and passion led him to his minor of film studies at Dominican. He has also taken his love of reading and writing as a volunteer, or “Homework Helper,” to young children at a Chicago Public Library near his house. In the near future, he hopes to continue with his studies in hopes of earning a master’s degree in film studies. For now, Sebastian is focused on preparing himself for what lies ahead after graduation.

Interests and Hobbies
  • Photography/Videography
  • Anything Sci-Fi or Involving Space (i.e. Astronomy)
  • Pop Music (specifically Lady Gaga, Lorde, and Carly Rae Jepsen)
  • Making Others Laugh and/or Smile
  • Drinking Pineapple Soda
What it Means to be a Writing Fellow

As a Writing Fellow, I will be able to share my love and knowledge of reading, writing, researching, and analyzing onto others so that they have the essential tools to be successful in whatever setting that may be—whether in the classroom or out in “the real world.” This fellowship also gives me the opportunity to improve on my own skills and abilities not only as a writer but as a person since it will assist me in hearing and learning from others and understanding that each person is unique and different in their own way.

Intellectual Passion

To my surprise, I have found myself to be extremely passionate about doing research and analyses on issues and things that spark my interest. For example, after reading Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, I found myself reading and learning more about World War II, as well as watching documentaries about the aftermath of the war and those living in concentration camps, like Anne Frank. In addition, doing an analysis, particularly of a film, has fascinated me since it allows you to dissect each component of the film—the characters, setting, tone, etc.—in hopes of finding and understanding what the overall meaning or hidden message of the film is.

 

Caitlin Moran

My name is Caitlin Moran, and I am an English major on the Creative Writing track with a minor in Graphic Design. As the daughter of an English teacher, I grew up entangled in language and narrative, the two foundations of my academic and creative lives. The library was my playground, and my nose never strayed far from the page of a book. Now, as a sophomore at Dominican, I will continue to channel my love for reading and writing into my academic career. I hope to become a published author living in Chicago after my time in college.

Hobbies and Interests
  • Writing
  • Shopping at Goodwill
  • Wandering around Chicago museums
  • Watching RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Aimlessly riding the "L
What it Means to be a Writing Fellow

As a Writing Fellow, I hope to help my peers feel more confident in their writing skills. Writing is my greatest love in life, and I wish to share that passion with others so that they too can cultivate a love for writing. With this greater love and confidence, students can build a stronger and more vibrant literary community at Dominican.

Intellectual Passion

Tony Kushner’s play "Angels in America" and E.M. Forster’s novel Maurice have both contributed to my understanding of my own identity. More works of literature should embrace the diverse identities within the queer community, reflecting our experiences in an accurate and sensitive manner. In my own writing, I seek to create this type of representation. Art—whether written, visual, auditory—is a conduit for empathizing and connecting with others, and the representation of marginalized communities in art is essential for understanding those whose experiences we do not share.

Dayana Moreno

Dayana is a sophomore who is pursuing an English major with a concentration in writing and a minor in pre-law. She attended Whitney Young Magnet High School, and is a Chicagoan born and raised. She hopes to continue her education at Dominican and to pursue law school after getting her bachelor's degree.

Hobbies
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Playing guitar
  • Baking
  • Singing
What it means to be a Writing Fellow

This program is a great opportunity for me to practice within my major, and also expand my knowledge as a learning experience for me by helping others strive for academic excellence. I am honored to be considered for this program and will put forth my best efforts to be a strong addition to the team.

Intellectual Passion

Writing is my passion, and I’m not saying that just for my major. I discovered it was my passion when I was in 6th grade. I’ve been writing ever since. One writing piece that has recently struck me is the book A Man Called Ove. The character was brilliantly written, his development is pristine and It changed my idea of characters and their importance to a story.

Ly Nguyen

I am a second year graduate student in the Library and Information Science program at Dominican. I grew up in South Bend, Indiana and attended Indiana University in Bloomington for undergrad, where I received a B.A. in English and creative writing. After moving to Chicago to start graduate school in 2017, I was lucky enough to land an internship at Chicago Public Radio, where I am cataloging their recently digitized archives. I also work at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois, in their special collection and rare book library.

Hobbies and Interests

Some of the things I enjoy include: pestering my pets, growing house plants, travelling, visiting museums and greenhouses, and cooking vegetarian food. Of course, I love to read a variety of books and I make time to continue writing creatively by self-publishing literary and visual art zines.

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow

In the past, I have had wonderful opportunities to tutor English to native and non-native speakers in public libraries and academic settings. I appreciate learning about other people’s diverse cultures and perspectives, while showing them the nuances of the English language. My career goal is to work in outreach with immigrant/international communities, so being a writing fellow at Dominican is a fitting step towards that greater goal.

Intellectual Passion

I always make it a mission to read works by underrepresented groups, particularly women of color, because I believe in supporting those who have not been given adequate opportunities to showcase their talent. As a writer, I believe that important work can be done through literature, so I draw inspiration from authors like Audre Lorde and Sandra Cisneros.

Claire Trimble

My name is Claire Trimble. I am from Davenport, Iowa, right along the Mississippi River. I am a junior at Dominican, majoring in English with a concentration in literature. Beyond my undergraduate studies, I plan to receive my masters in Library and Information Science. I am a lover of stories and language, and believe that through them we can convey our truths in a form that evokes empathy and understanding. I’m excited to share this passion of mine with all whom I encounter in my time as a Writing Fellow.

Hobbies and Interests
  •  Reading (especially books that I honestly don’t have time to be reading)
  • Live music
  • Writing 
  • Artistically and politically driven films  
  • Poetry
  • Plants
What it Means to be a Writing Fellow

Writing is an art form that allows people to articulate their thoughts and put them into words for others to read. I look forward to my time as a Writing Fellow and working with my peers to heighten and explore their writing abilities. Far too often I encounter fellow students who have something to say but lack the confidence to put pen to paper and express themselves in writing. Being able to take part in a conversation bigger than ourselves is essential to creating a world of love and compassion, and writing is an effective way to make your thoughts and ideas heard.

Intellectual Passion

The way that art, film, and literature portray aspects of humanity like gender, sexuality, and femininity/masculinity is essential to bridging the gaps where ignorance prevents people from understanding anothers situation. I am particularly passionate about literature and the ways in which stories touch people in inexplicable ways; they link us and allow us to step into each others shoes. There is power in literature, whether its fiction or poetry or an autobiography, and I am absolutely captivated by its ability to transform the mind and tune it in to the situations of others

Jasmine Whiteside

Jasmine Whiteside is an undergraduate student majoring in English, with a writing concentration. She’s been an avid reader since childhood and has since implemented her love for Young Adult, Sci-fi, and Literary Fiction into her own writing, some of which she was able to present at Dominican’s annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigations (URSCI) Exposition & Global Learning Symposium. In Fall 2017 she served as the Drama Editor for the university’s literary magazine, Stella Veritatis, and wants to pursue a career in writing and publishing after she graduates at the end of the Fall 2018 semester.

Hobbies/Interests
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Baking
  • Creating mood boards
  • Spending time in the city
  • Finding inspiration on Tumblr and Pinterest
What being a writing fellow means to me

To me, being a Writing Fellow is an amazing opportunity to contribute to the excellence that is Dominican’s student body. It’s also an experience that will allow me to grow personally and professionally. The fact that I am able to share my knowledge of the thing that I love to do most is great! I not only get to grow in this new role, but I get to help others grow and learn as well, which is what I look forward to the most.

Intellectual Passion

Something that I have always enjoyed about literature is how much it is able to teach us about ourselves as well as the world around us. Studying texts that address the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality etc.  is something that greatly appeals to me as a reader, writer, and an intellectual. I enjoyed getting to explore and write on this topic after studying Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Junot Diaz’s How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie). Our identities are so complex and texts like these can truly help us understand the many elements that make up who we are as individuals and how we exist alongside those in our community.