Consultant Job Description
The Writing & Media Lab is staffed by a team of dedicated students who serve as academic colleagues for their peers. A Consultant’s job is to support Furman students, faculty, and staff with writing and multimedia composition projects. Increasingly, Furman students are already capable of navigating and learning to use multimedia authoring software, so WML support is not simply about nuts and bolts or how-to's.
The truth is that, regardless of skill level, we can all benefit from a colleague's feedback on our work, whether a written research paper or a video documentary; their questions are often the ones we might not think to ask ourselves. This is the most important part of a Consultant’s job: to be a thoughtful and critical audience for the clients who come to the Writing & Media Lab.
Learn more about the Writing & Media Lab Consultants on our blog.
What training do consultants receive?
All Writing & Media Lab Consultants must satisfactorily complete a semester-long training internship during their first semester of employment to continue working as a Writing & Media Lab Consultant in subsequent semesters.
New Consultants are expected to attend seven training sessions throughout their first semester of work in the Writing & Media Lab. Training sessions are spread out over the semester, usually meeting every two weeks. The meeting day and time are determined based on trainee availability each semester.
In these training sessions, new Consultants will be introduced to the WML digital badging system, which allows Consultants to build their skills in focused, incremental steps. During the internship semester, new Consultants receive direct guidance and support in completing a required sequence of badges. After the internship semester, Consultants continue to earn new badges and refresh old ones for as long as they are Consultants.
While some badges comprise core knowledge and are required for all Consultants, there is ample opportunity to follow your own interests in cultivating expertise. You are encouraged to develop a portfolio of badges that aptly reflects the value of your Consultantship to future employers and graduate schools. Digital badges are used to recognize performance and achievement as a Consultant.
How Do I Become a Consultant?
Students who wish to work in the Writing & Media Lab may apply either Fall or Spring for internship the following semester. Faculty may also nominate students to work in the Writing & Media Lab. If a faculty member nominates a student, we will reach out to the student to inform them of the nomination and ask that they complete an application. All applicants must fill out the application form, upload a writing sample, and provide a faculty reference.
Applications are due:
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For Spring 2016 only: Application deadline has been extended until December 16, 2015 (last day of exams).