Internships & Student Employment: M.A.

Graduate Teaching Associateships 

Graduate Teaching Associates teach English 104: Accelerated Composition and Rhetoric, which meets the GE Writing Requirement. Professor Lisa Tremain, the First-Year Writing Program Director, will guide you during the planning, training, and teaching experience. 

See Job #252 (TA - English) for the job vacancy announcement application can be found on the Humboldt Student Employment website.


In order to be eligible to apply for a GTA position, you must:

  • Be an applicant to the Master’s in English program or a current M.A. in English student
  • Take English 581: Becoming a College-Level Instructor during a spring semester prior to the teaching semester, or
  • Show evidence of similar preparation or coursework for teaching first-year composition at the undergraduate level. Similar preparation might include previous classroom teaching experience in writing-intensive contexts. Similar preparation and/or coursework will be evaluated by the hiring committee

GTA Tuition Waiver

In addition to receiving a stipend, you may receive a full- or part-time tuition waiver while serving as a GTA. To qualify you must be enrolled in 7 or more units (full-time) or 6 units (part-time) related to your program during the semester(s) you are teaching. State Grant in Aid recipients will not be eligible for an additional tuition waiver.  

Position Availability

  • The English Department offers a minimum of two GTA positions for the fall semester each year 
  • More than two positions may be available based on student enrollment 
  • Completion of English 581 does not guarantee a GTA appointment
  • GTA appointments are contingent on the availability of funds, student eligibility, and successful demonstration of fitness for the position through application, interview, and reference checks

Application Materials

The following materials are required:

  • Letter explaining applicant's qualifications, relevant experience, and demonstrated interest in and commitment to the teaching of writing
  • Résumé listing relevant professional experience, coursework, and references
  • Statement of teaching philosophy about the teaching and/or learning of writing (500 words)
  • Application for academic employment
  • Supplemental application for employment
  • Interviews will be extended to qualified applicants and conducted by a faculty committee


  • Applications are due February 15
  • Interviews will be conducted with eligible candidates from February 15 to March 15

For more information, contact Prof. Lisa Tremain at or Prof. Janet Winston at

Instructional Student Assistants

Graduate students are encouraged to work as Instructional Student Assistants (ISAs) in undergraduate English courses. Under supervision, ISAs will work with an instructor in curriculum development, lesson planning and delivery, and feedback to students over the course of an academic term. 

See Job #166 (English Graders/Tutors) for the job vacancy announcement application can be found on the Humboldt Student Employment website.

Application Materials

  • Letter of application that includes applicant’s schedule of availability for the intended work semester and a statement of interest and experience (approximately 200 words) responding to these questions: What instructor(s) or course(s) would you like to serve in as ISA? Why? What are you hoping the ISA experience will offer to you, to students in the course, or to the instructor? The statement of interest may also detail any writing, tutoring, and/or employment history that qualify the applicant for the job, though experience is not necessary

  • Application for academic employment

  • Supplemental application for employment

Please contact Prof. Lisa Tremain, English Chair/Writing Program Director  at or Prof. Janet Winston, Graduate Coordinator, at with any questions. 

Writing Studio Consultants in the Learning Center

A Writing Studio Consultant works one-on-one, in small groups, and/or online with students on academic writing, revising, and editing in any subject area. Consultants assist the student's efforts to strengthen the overall paper, rather than proof-reading or making changes for the student.

See Job #145 (Instructional Student Assistant: Learning Center–Peer Writing Consultants) for the job vacancy announcement on the Humboldt Student Employment website.


Application Materials

Positions typically open before the start of each semester. To apply, the following materials must be submitted to interfolio

  • Statement of Interest
  • Résumé
  • Writing Sample from a recent college course. Analytical and/or argumentative writing only. (10 pages maximum)
  • Learning Center Application
  • Current Academic Transcripts
  • Current Schedule of Availability (weekly course schedule)

For more information, please contact Dr. Jessica Citti at

Teaching Internships

Teaching internships are unpaid, for-credit positions that allow graduate students to work closely with faculty teaching courses in literature, writing, and English as a second language. These positions will expose you to a wide range of teaching activities, and you will receive mentoring from the faculty of record. 

Notes about the position

  • Students enroll in either ENGL 681 Internship in Teaching or ENGL 684 Internship in Teaching ESL
  • Consult the graduate coordinator before enrolling in a graduate internship 
  • While faculty members typically invite students for these internships, you are also encouraged to seek out faculty and initiate a conversation about the possibility of working as their teaching intern

Library Scholar Internships

Library Internships allow graduate students to gain hands-on experience with archival research and preservation, intellectual property and copyright, scholarly editing and publishing, public history, and museum studies in the Library’s Humboldt Room and University Archives. 

You will work with manuscripts, rare books, and assorted special collections, developing skills including research, publicity, accession processing, digitization, and preparation of exhibits and digital projects. Library Scholar Interns work as a team to complete a variety of projects and receive mentoring from the faculty of record.

Notes about the position