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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. Last summer our enrollment included students from 44 states and over 70 countries.

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. Our resident counselors provide the students with academic, social and emotional support, supervision at activities, insights into college success, and more. 

Here are a few examples of what you may be doing as one of our Resident Counselors:

  • 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; conduct dry runs with students attending internships
  • Help out with office tasks; answering phones, coordinating parent visitation, running errands
  • Drive students to off campus classes or small group activities
  • Chaperone academic field trips
  • Organize and help facilitate on campus afternoon activities
  • Accompany students on an outing to a museum or local attraction
  • Join students for dinner in the campus 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 dorm for the evening and getting prepared for classes the next day

Summer Discovery is looking for amazing individuals with outgoing and caring personalities to work with high school students participating in pre-college enrichment programs this summer. Partnerships have been developed with Colleges and Universities to host high school students and provide them with experiential learning opportunities. Summer Discovery needs Summer Staff to live on campus, chaperone activities and watch over and take care of their own group of students. 

What’s in it for you?

  • Roundtrip transportation, dormitory housing & meals, plus a stipend
  • Personal and professional development; great tesume builder
  • Opportunity to see & experience a new location & new challenge 


  • Available starting in June 2019 for a commitment of 4 to 10 weeks
  • 21 years old prior to June 15, 2019
  • Hold a valid US Driver’s License
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable working long hours, nights and weekends
  • Responsible, creative, patient, and hardworking
  • Safety minded; always willing to put students’ well-being first

Preferred Skills

  • Orientation Leader, Residence Advisor, Camp Counselor, Educator, and/or Coach
  • Completed or pursuing college or university degree
  • CPR certified 

Stipend & Compensation

This is a part-time summer contract with payment upon completion of program, and compensation is based on experience and duration of program.

We provide:

  • Accommodations
  • Stipend
  • Two meals per day during the week and one meal per day on the weekends 
  • Program activities 
  • Round trip transportation is provided from the closest major airport from your home city, chosen by Summer Discovery, to/from campus with the exception of our international programs - airfare is provided round-trip to/from JFK International Airport only

We do not provide:

  • Airline baggage fees
  • Medical insurance
  • Baggage or property loss insurance
  • Snacks, souvenirs, phone calls, or other personal expenses


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

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

Apply for a staff positon.