Proofreaders work directly with the PMC student either in person or via e-mail. The assignment in need of proofreading will be “marked up” (usually through the “track changes” button in Word) in such a way that the student will understand what changes are suggested. The volunteer proofreader must be careful not to change the style or content of the written assignment, but rather, to make improvements to spelling, grammar and sentence structure.

Required Skills:

  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Ability to teach and mentor
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to synthesize relevant information quickly and succinctly
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated patience and empathy working with others

Learning Opportunities:

  • Develop and refine writing and editing skills
  • Develop and use communication and interpersonal skills in a professional setting
  • Opportunity to learn about a wide range of disabilities and issues related to disability services at the post-secondary level.
  • This is valuable experience for those wishing to work as teachers, editors, journalists and writers

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Excellent addition to résumé (Letter of reference available upon request)
  • Increased awareness of the principles of inclusion and accommodation
  • Increased awareness of differentiated instruction (e.g., learning styles)
  • Recognition of volunteer time on your transcript through the Carleton Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

Proofreaders love helping to bring original content to its full potential. 
Apply using the form below if you are interested in becoming part of the process.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at: with the subject line: PMC Voluneteer — Proofreader.

Apply to be a Volunteer Proofreader