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Writing & Language Fellow

at The College Board | Iowa Office (Coralville, IA), National Office (New York, NY) | View all jobs

The College Board, a national educational organization, is conducting a search for a paid graduate-student Writing Fellow for the Assessment Design & Development department’s Writing and Language team. This position is based in our New York or Iowa offices.

About the College Board

We are a mission-focused organization that believes that investing in education is investing in the future. From our earliest days, we have devoted ourselves to educational opportunity and achievement. We have promoted innovation, equity, and excellence for generations of students. We are advocates for children and parents; we empower teachers and educators, and we are a strong presence in thousands of schools and communities across the country through programs and services - the SAT, Advanced Placement (AP®) and Pre-AP are just a few. Our work falls broadly into four categories: College Readiness, College Connection & Success, Student Opportunities, and Advocacy.

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About the role

  • Position title: Writing and Language Fellowship
  • Fellowship timing: Early June 2020 – Mid-August 2020
  • Hours per week: 32
  • Location: New York City or Coralville, IA
  • This is an hourly paid fellowship position

Are you a student of writing interested in exploring professional writing opportunities? Are you curious about a wide variety of subject areas and confident that you can discover something fascinating about nearly any topic—and then distill that discovery into an engaging, finely crafted essay? Are you committed to introducing a diverse population of high school students to topics in the humanities and history/social studies that will engage and inspire them?

If so, consider this summer writing fellowship with the College Board’s Writing and Language team in the Assessment Design and Development department. The fellowship will allow you to write, research, and edit test passages in a variety of content areas while working with other professional writers and editors in the field to hone your craft.

The Writing and Language Fellowship provides fellows with the opportunity to gain experience writing in a professional, deadline-driven office environment. They will work as part of a creative team of professional writers and editors committed to producing high-quality prose that is accessible and engaging to a diverse audience of high school students. Fellows will receive supportive coaching and mentoring to guide them through the passage-writing process.

What you'll do

  • The primary responsibility of the fellow(s) is to contribute to the development of the SAT Suite’s Writing and Language test, by: 
  • Proposing original topic ideas, researching them thoroughly, writing engaging passages with clarity and style, and editing with precision.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on peers’ or others’ passages about topics in a variety of content areas.
  • Collaborating with a team committed to producing written work that meets the highest standards of composition and is engaging to a diverse audience of high school students.

About You

Fellows must be a graduate student (or recent graduate) in one of the following fields of study: nonfiction writing, creative writing, journalism, literary studies, English education, or related field

Applicants should possess:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong research skills and a commitment to writing with accuracy and evidence
  • Comfort with providing and responding to constructive feedback about written work
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word
  • Proficiency with internet and research database search tools (e.g., EBSCOhost)
  • Desire to learn, explore, and be challenged in a mission-driven organization

Application Requirements: 

Candidates must apply online through our careers site. Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter no later than March 31, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls will be accepted.

To be considered, candidates must submit the following documents before March 31, 2019: 

  • A résumé that includes your major/program of study and expected graduation date (you must submit your résumé through our career site)
  • A one-page cover letter that tells us about you as a writer and demonstrates your ability to craft persuasive, well-edited prose with style


Our mission is to clear a path for all students to own their future.

EEOC statement

The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.