Why Us - Leadership

Summer Jobs

Apply for a staff positon


Thank you for your interest in working for Summer Discovery as a Resident Counselor. Since 1966 thousands of teenagers have joined us on Summer Discovery pre-college enrichment programs, Discovery Internships high school internship programs, or Jr. Discovery middle school enrichment programs. 

Our students are outstanding members of schools from around the world. They come to Summer Discovery to experience college life while having the balance of supervision from our resident counselors.

Summer Discovery is looking for amazing individuals with outgoing and caring personalities to work with this summer. As a resident counselor, you will provide students with academic, social and emotional support, supervision, insights into college, and more. 

Examples of responsibilities

  • Get up early to meet with staff and directors to discuss the best plans and support for students each day
  • Walk students to class on their first day
  • Help out with office tasks
  • Drive students to off campus classes or small group activities
  • Organize and help facilitate on campus afternoon activities
  • Accompany students on an outing to a museum or local attraction
  • Join students for meals in the dining hall
  • Assist students struggling with roommate issues
  • Walk or bike throughout the home area during town time
  • Spend a Saturday with students and staff experiencing a local theme park
  • Set up a study session in the evening if students need assistance
  • Support and mentor students throughout the program
  • Stay up late to make sure all students are in the residence hall for the evening and getting prepared for classes the next day


  • Available starting in June 2020 for 3 to 10 weeks, depending on location
  • 21 years old prior to campus arrival date
  • Valid US Driver’s License for select programs
  • Must be eligible to work in the US
  • Completed or pursuing a 4 year college or university degree
  • Comfortable working long hours, nights and weekends
  • Responsible, flexible, creative, patient, and hardworking
  • Safety minded; always willing to put students’ well-being first
  • Orientation Leader, Residence Advisor, Camp Counselor, Educator, and/or Coach preferred


This is a summer contract position with payment upon completion of program, and compensation is based on duration of program.

We provide:

  • Compensation at the end of the program
  • Residence Hall housing
  • Meal plan
  • Program activities with students
  • Round trip transportation is provided from the closest major airport from your home city, chosen by Summer Discovery, with some exceptions. 

We do not provide:

  • Airline baggage fees
  • Baggage or property loss insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Meals off campus 
  • Snacks, souvenirs, cell phone data and call plan, or other personal expenses


    We look forward to learning more about you and encourage you to submit your application materials early in our hiring cycle.

    Please call (516) 621-3939 with any additional questions, or email us at staff@summerdiscovery.com

    Please note, we conduct the following:

    • DMV checks
    • Criminal background checks
    • Reference checks

    Apply for a staff positon.