Humboldt State University

Teaching, Research and Other Opportunities

Teaching Opportunities

Internships (English 681, 682, 683, and 684)

Graduate students may intern in literature, composition, business and professional writing, or English as a second language classes, where they work closely in a mentored experience with faculty teaching the courses.  Interns are exposed to a wide range of teaching activities and experiences.  Certain coursework may be necessary before enrolling in an internship.  Consult the catalog and the graduate coordinator before enrolling in a graduate internship.

Writing Consultant Opportunities

Graduate students are encouraged to work as writing consultants in our stretch composition program (English 102&103) and in our Writing in the Disciplines Seminar (English 215).  Qualified volunteers may become paid tutors.  Successfully completing one semester of English 450: Tutoring Developing Writers, is a prerequisite for all paid tutoring positions, as well as for applying to become a Teaching Associate.  All inquiries about becoming a writing tutor should be directed to Barbara Goldberg at

Teaching First-Year Composition

After completing prerequisite coursework, graduate students who have prepared themselves well in internships may apply for a paid position as a teaching associate, teaching first-year composition (English 104, Accelerated Composition and Rhetoric).  For more information, contact Mary Ann Creadon, Interim Composition Director at 

Research Opportunities

Federal Work Study Graduate Research Assistantships
Qualified master's students who are eligible for work-study funding may be matched with faculty or staff members whose research or creative projects require a research assistant.  Awards of up to $5,000 per academic year (up to 15 hours or work per week) are typically available--contingent upon federal funding. Students must be enrolled in 6 units or more of course work to be eligible. While students are normally nominated by faculty for these positions, they may also apply independently.  For further information, see Academic Programs


Grants, Loans, Fellowships, and Scholarships

Statewide Opportunities
The Academic Programs office also posts current information about statewide competitions.

Federal Opportunities
The Office of Financial Aid is a good starting point for any student looking for information on funding. All students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as possible.  For details on how to apply for financial aid, click here.

Local Opportunities
 The English Department may award as many as four grants of up to $250 for travel to academic conferences, writers’ workshops and job interviews.  Please see the graduate coordinator for more information about these awards.