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.

  • 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


 All application materials are due by Friday, March 20, 2020. Fall Writing Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year will be announced on Monday, April 20, 2020.

The Fall 2019 Writing Fellows

The AEC is very pleased to introduce you to the Fall 2019 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 2020, please consider applying (pdf). For any questions, please contact Jennifer Stockdale, Writing Fellows Coordinator.

Sarah Butkovic

My name is Sarah Butkovic and I'm an English major on the writing track with a minor in Journalism. I've lived in Chicago my entire life and I'm an incoming Junior at Dominican. I'm currently a writer for the Dominican Star and have loved writing my entire life. I enjoy participating in National Novel Writing Month, which is an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days and have consistently been creating stories since childhood.

Hobbies and Interests:

My hobbies include:

  • Drawing (specifically in my sketchbook)
  • Writing fiction stories
  • Bullet journaling
  • Exploring downtown Chicago

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow:

I think one of the greatest things about being a Writing Fellow is helping others while simultaneously improving yourself. Being able to understand and be open to the different writing styles and processes of other students can help me work well with my peers and allow me to learn from them as a result; I can incorporate things I've picked up on from others into my own writing.

Intellectual Passion:

Something I've always been incredibly passionate about is a good story. When I was in middle school, my best friend and I used to write short fiction and fantasy stories based off books we read in class. As I've grown older, my love for fiction has only increased tenfold. I find inspiration from my own life as well as the literature from both favorite and new authors I've learned about through my classes or personal pursuits.

Omega Buluran

My name is Omega Buluran. I am currently a senior at Dominican University. When I was a freshman until my junior year, I was undecided and considered several different paths (literally, ask me how many times I switched my major). I am majoring in Psychology with a double minor in English and the Study of Women and Gender. I am a lab assistant for the Psychology Department. I am the administrator for the Psychology Club. I will be the president of APIDA, Dominican’s first Asian Pacific Islander Desi American club. I am also published in the Dominican University literary magazine, Stella Veritatis.

Hobbies and Interests:

  • I love to write for fun, mainly short stories and free verse poetry. I am currently working on pieces centered around my family, past relationships, and my struggle with my identity and acceptance for who I am.
  • I enjoy working out and lifting.
  • I like attending storytelling shows because it brings together writing and performance. I really like hearing about the different experiences that people have gone through and the way in which they experienced it. Listening to someone tell you how they feel and what they think is very intimate and personal. Storytelling shows remind me why I love people.
  • I am seeking opportunities to be more involved with the LGBTQ+ community and the Asian American community.

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow:

For me, being a writing tutor means working hand in hand with myself and others in developing our writing and communication skills. It means collaborating with others to refine a writing piece to make it into something that the writer can be proud of.

Intellectual passion:

Two novels that have caught my attention during my years at Dominican University are Enduring Love by Ian McEwan and Bone by Fae Myenne Ng. Enduring Love united my passion for English and psychology because it deals with erotomania, the psychological disorder in which a person thinks that another person is in love with them and they become an obsession. The novel was beautifully crafted and I would definitely read it over and over again. Bone was the first Asian American novel that I have read as part of a curriculum for school, in Asian American Literature. I never really saw myself in the books we read at school and so Asian American Literature and Bone showed me that Asian Americans matter in literature and that we have a voice as well.

Jazmin Hernandez

I am a junior at Dominican University. I am  majoring in English with a concentration in writing. Additionally, I'm pursuing a minor in Spanish and in Translation and Interpretation Studies. I enjoy creative writing and have published my short story, The Train, in Dominican’s literary magazine, Stella Veritatis. Further, I was one of the recipients of the Gill-Davlin award in 2019, which recognized English majors with passionate devotion to the English studies.

Hobbies and Interests:

My favorite hobbies include watching Netflix, reading for fun, and procrastinating.

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow:

Being a writing fellow means having the passion and dedication to not only the study of English but to the Dominican community of students as well. I hope that with a bit of help, my peers will gain confidence in their writing abilities and become more sophisticated writers.

Intellectual Passion

My favorite book is the Japanese novel Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, which I have  read many times since discovering it nearly 7 years ago. Battle Royale—which can only be described as Lord of the Flies meets Hunger Games—is a compelling tale of vile, cruel, yet perfectly understandable human behavior, which I am always interested in exploring.

Monica Lebensztejn

My name is Monica Lebensztejn, and I am currently a senior majoring in political science and history and minoring in pre-law. I am planning on attending law school in Fall 2020 to become an attorney. On campus, I am involved in multiple clubs such as Model United Nations, Student Government Association, and the Mazzuchelli Honors Program. I also work as a Peer Leader in the SSE and interned in Washington D.C. last spring semester at a non-profit legal organization.

Hobbies and Interests:




Playing the piano

Discovering new cafes and restaurants

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow:

I am excited about becoming a writing fellow because I discovered my passion for helping other students reach their academic goals by being a peer advisor at Dominican University. Peer advising allowed me to meet so many wonderful students and learn about their stories and aspirations. I hope as a writing tutor I can help others accomplish the goals they have set for themselves whether that may be to develop the starting points to a larger writing piece, drafting a stellar conclusion, or to overall become better and more confident writers.

Intellectual Passion:

One of my intellectual passions is analyzing and staying-up-to-date with Supreme Court opinions in order to sharpen my reading ability of legal texts and understand how new rulings will affect our society. I am always looking forward to when impactful cases make their way up to the Supreme Court, such as the one that was heard last month regarding the question of citizenship on the upcoming census. There are so many different cases lingering around the lower courts on significant issues such as abortion or gun control that can eventually be ruled on by the Supreme Court, and I think it’s important to follow these cases. I also find it fascinating how each justice has their own writing style and method of interpretation.


Vicky Mejia

Hello! My name is Vicky Mejia and I am a senior majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Digital Journalism. I am amazed at what communication has come to be, and digital communication technologies allow for an audience reach that wasn’t possible before. I plan on continuing my education towards a Ph.D. in Communication. I haven’t narrowed down my concentration, but I am very interested in the interracial communication category based on a recent course I took here at Dominican. I would like to conduct research in higher education and the college process for students of different races. I believe that it is important to have curriculums that foster discussion and provide ways to improve relationships with each other.

Hobbies and Interests:

 My list of hobbies and interests includes: Dancing, baking, attending live concerts, visiting art museums, and creating do-it-yourself crafts.

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow:

 What being a writing fellow means to me is being able to see another person’s perspective through their own writing. It’s like seeing the world through another person’s lenses. I feel grateful to help others gain the crucial skills of writing that they will use for the rest of their professional lives.

 Intellectual Passion:

My favorite book was the teen novel,  Esperanza Rising that was given to me as a gift in fourth grade. I believe that was the moment where I feel in love with reading and writing. A book is enveloped with tastes, sounds, images, and feelings. The main character, Esperanza, lead her own struggle as a young, Latina girl in California. It fascinated me how I was able to sympathize with a fictional character through our commonalities.

Kat Moreno

I’m Kathryn Moreno, but I prefer to go by Kat - short and simple. I’m a Junior Sociology & Criminology double major. I like to think there is a way we can change the criminal justice system and the way it is set up today. We can’t make a change without a positive outlook and hope for a better tomorrow, so I hope I can make my impact.

Hobbies and interests:

  • I like to decompress by going for runs. It’s the best natural stress relief I’ve found that works for myself.
  • I have 3 pets: a dog, a leopard gecko, and a turtle. All of which are named after foods.
  • When there is energy and time to be spent on it, I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes I find online.

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow:

Being a Writing Fellow to me is all about the learning process. While helping other students at Dominican realize their capabilities, I hope to also unveil new skills in myself. It’s a learning process for everyone involved! Teamwork makes the dream work!

Intellectual Passion:

The one book that has been able to claim chair at #1 in my heart is Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez. It speaks to society and the high expectations we hold everyone but ourselves to. As the reader, we question which character will make the next move and what will ultimately occur. When applied to real life, this novel is a social commentary on society and our leniency to secrecy.


Mikaela Webb

 My name is Mikaela Webb and I am a senior here at Dominican University. I am 21 years old and studying nutrition & dietetics with a Spanish minor and plan to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the future. As a commuter from the Northern Suburbs and a full-time student with a part-time job at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, I have a busy schedule and little free time.

Hobbies and Interests: 

With the free time I do have, I enjoy cooking, traveling, learning new languages, working out, and dancing terribly.

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow:

 By becoming a writing fellow, I am fulfilling a void in my life pertaining to my love of writing. I have always loved and excelled in this skill but have not participated in any activities using it. I am excited to have the opportunity to help other students to develop strong writing skills and learn to love the activity as much as I do.

Intellectual Passion:

My favorite short story would have to be Plato’s Allegory of the Cave because it can be paralleled to a plethora of situations within society of which many individuals do not realize. For example, it can be directly related to the lives of students and explains the importance of being educated.


Megan Walsh

My name is Megan Walsh, and I am a Junior at Dominican University. I am an English major with a concentration in Secondary Education. After graduating, I hope to pursue my master’s in education and to teach high school or middle school English. Reading and writing have always been a passion of mine, and I hope I can use my skills to help others.

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Walking my dog
  • Volleyball

What it Means to be a Writing Fellow:

Being a Writing Fellow allows me to explore my passion for both English and education by helping students build off of their writing skills to improve. By giving students an opportunity to talk about both their strengths and weaknesses, we can work together to express their thoughts on paper in a way that showcases their strengths and gives voice to their ideas. College, and writing in general, is not easy by any means, and we can all use some help from time to time.

Intellectual Passion:

My favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love the time period of the 1920s, the complexity of the characters, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing in general. I also love reading American Literature, World Literature, and really anything I find that catches my attention.