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Summer Positions in Residential Life

Student Staff Recruitment for Summer 2021

Summer Programs for 2021 are still under review. Additional information will be posted here as final decisions are made.

Prefreshman Summer Program Positions

The application for the Prefreshman Summer Program has closed. Information for Summer 2022 will be posted in early 2022.

The Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP) is designed to help new incoming students prepare for the challenges of the freshman year at Cornell. The program, which takes place during the summer before students' freshman year, includes field trips, guest lectures, and a wide range of social and cultural activities. Participation is restricted to students selected by college or special program offices.

Residential Life is recruiting candidates for the following live-in positions to help support and enhance the experience of PSP participants. PSP is hiring student staff for Summer 2021. As of yet, final decisions have not been made as to whether the program will be in person or virtual. As such, we've included information on both in-person roles and virtual roles.

Program Assistant

The program assistant (PA) is an important part of the Prefreshman Summer Program. PAs are the front line team members who interact regularly with students, enforce policy on the floor and within the residence hall, and are responsible for establishing a sense of community within the residence hall. They also report to College Associate(s) within a specific college/school and work to support students' academic transition to Cornell.

Eligibility

  • At least two semesters of undergraduate experience at Cornell or another institution
  • Currently enrolled Cornell student
  • Live-in student staff experience helpful
  • Commitment to supporting student success in PSP

Activities Coordinator

This position will only be filled for an in-person program.

The Activities Coordinator (AC) is an important part of the Prefreshmen Summer Program. The AC is responsible for planning and overseeing large-scale programming for students. This includes coming up with creative ideas to create community and educate students on a variety of topics related to being a successful Cornell student beyond their academic pursuits. The AC is also responsible for leading efforts on traditional PSP programs such as the 4th of July Block Party and the Talent Show.

Eligibility

  • At least two semesters of undergraduate experience at Cornell or another institution
  • Currently enrolled Cornell student
  • Demonstrated experience and success planning engaging events/programs
  • Commitment to supporting student success in PSP
 

Administrative Assistant

This position will only be filled for an in-person program.

The Administrative Assistant (AA) is an important part of the Prefreshmen Summer Program. The AA serves as the office manager for the PSP residential office in the assigned residence hall. Duties include scheduling other student staff for shifts in the office, managing forms and logs for various activities such as night check, writing and distributing a weekly newsletter to students, answering phone calls and emails from students, staff, faculty, and student guardians and directing those inquires appropriately. Duties may also include overseeing the process of mail delivery, if appropriate to the location of the program.

Eligibility

  • At least two semesters of undergraduate experience at Cornell or another institution
  • Currently enrolled Cornell student
  • Demonstrated strong skills in organization
  • Ability to assist constituents even in difficult situations
  • Commitment to supporting student success in PSP
 

How to apply:

The application for Summer 2021 is now closed. For more information and a copy of complete job descriptions, please contact psphousing@cornell.edu.

Summer College/Summer Sessions Positions

The PreCollege Program (Summer College) will be entirely online for the summer of 2021, and we will not be hiring student staff positions this year. Information about summer 2022 positions will be posted in early spring 2022.

Summer Sessions is still under review for the summer of 2021, and we will update available positions once a final determination has been made.

Cornell's Summer College program offers pre-college programs for talented high school students. The Summer Sessions program offers college-level courses for current and visiting students in three-week, six-week, and eight-week sessions.

How to apply:

Thank you. The application for summer residential positions has now closed. We will be in contact soon to provide an update with those who applied.

For more information, including full job descriptions, please contact raselection@cornell.edu.

Summer College Residential Community Advisor

The Residential Community Advisor (RCA) is an important part of the Summer College Program for High School Students. RCAs are the "front line" people who interact regularly with students, enforce policy on the floor and within the residence hall, and are responsible for establishing a sense of community within the residence hall.

Eligibility

  • Experience in organizing and implementing residential programming.
  • Live-in student staff experience helpful.
  • Previous experience working with High School students also helpful.
  • At least two semesters of undergraduate experience at Cornell or another institution.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

The RCA position is considered to be a full-time appointment, approximately 30 hours per week. Outside work or a class are permitted with this position and MUST be approved by the Residential Assistant Directors. Outside commitments must not exceed 10 hours a week. Staff meetings are Wednesdays 5-7pm throughout the program and are mandatory.

Summer College Program Assistant

The job of the PA is to create a calendar of events and activities for all students and is one of 6 PA’s for the Summer College Program. The PA’s are supervised by a Program Coordinator (PC). Each PA coordinates all events and activities in his/her assigned residence hall.  The PA job requires a highly motivated, creative, flexible person who works well with others.

Eligibility

  • Experience in organizing and implementing residential programming
  • Live-in student staff experience preferred
  • Previous experience working with High School students is also helpful.
  • At least two semesters of undergraduate experience at Cornell or another institution
  • A valid driver’s license is helpful, but not required.

Time Commitment

The PA position is considered to be a full-time appointment, approximately 39 hours per week. Outside work or a class are permitted with this position and MUST be approved by the Assistant Directors.

Summer Sessions Residential Advisor

A Summer Sessions Resident Advisor (RA) is a live-in student leader who works within the Summer Sessions residential community to carry out the mission and values of Cornell University and Housing and Residential Life. RAs must be committed to enhancing the overall residential experience of students living in the Summer Sessions Residence Halls. RAs work collaboratively with facilities and other Residential Life staff to provide resources and facilitate interactions that contribute to a positive living environment for all members of the community – students, families, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Eligibility

  • Experience in organizing and implementing residential programming.
  • Live-in student staff experience helpful.
  • At least two semesters of undergraduate experience at Cornell or another institution.

Time Commitment

The Summer Session RA position is considered to be a full-time appointment; approximately 20 hours per week. Outside work or a class are permitted with this position and MUST be approved by the Residential Program Director in advance. Other outside commitments also need to be discussed.