Summer Staff and Counseling Jobs at Summer Discovery

Summer 2023 Staff Application Now Open 

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Are you ready for your best summer yet?

About Us

Summer Discovery was founded in 1966 by the Musiker Family as Musiker Student Tours. Our first pre-college program began at UCLA in the mid-1980’s, and now our pre-college programs consist of collaborative partnerships with prestigious universities across the world. We provide impactful and enriching pre-college high school and middle school experiences. We are proud to say that our team consists of the most experienced, visionary, and talented staff in the pre-college field. Our mission is to provide the best experiential, university based summer academic programs that positively change the lives of students from around the world.

Meet Our Team

Our Diversity, Equity Inclusion and Belonging Statement

We commit to continuously striving for diversity, equity, and inclusion through ongoing education and self-awareness. At Summer Discovery, each person brings unique and varied experiences which inform our thoughts, actions, and decision-making processes. Our mission is to create an inclusive, safe environment for our staff and our students, where everyone’s differences are celebrated, every perspective is valued, and everyone feels safe to bring forth their authentic selves.

Summer Discovery provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

We are looking for staff to embrace and reflect this dedication. Our programs' success depends on communicating to our students that they are welcomed and valued. We are seeking trustworthy, fun-loving individuals who encourage the values of exploration and inclusivity and are passionate about the pre-college experience for a paid summer enrichment opportunity.

Why Work with Summer Discovery

Meet New People
Spend your summer with a diverse group of staff from all over the country. Form amazing bonds, explore new cities together, and participate in fun outings and activities!
Be a Mentor
Make a positive mark on a young person's life by helping teach independence, good decision making, and guide them on their academic path.
Build Your Resume
Develop translatable professional skill sets such as leadership, problem solving, conflict resolution, teamwork, and responsibility.
Personal Growth
You'll develop alongside our students. On top of the memories you'll make, you'll have a better sense of purpose, and maybe even discover what you want to do in the future.

Aside from personal growth and development, here are some other perks you'll get as a Resident Counselor this summer:

  • Meal plan and on-campus housing accommodations at one of our prestigious university locations
  • Round trip transportation included
  • Stipend

Requirements To Be a Resident Counselor

As a Resident Counselor, you'll provide resident support, organize group events, oversee student safety, provide resources to students, implement and enforce policies and procedures, and more! Our Resident Counselors have diverse backgrounds, are responsible, caring, energetic individuals, and are willing to be part of a dynamic team.

  • Be 20 years of age or older

  • Be a graduate or pursuing a 4-year college or university degree

  • Willingness to work unusual hours in a residential, university setting with limited time off

  • Ability to pass a background check, a physical, and provide proof of COVID vaccination and booster

  • A responsible and caring attitude with a team player mentality

Requirements To Be a Resident Counselor

Interested in changing the lives of students? Let us know!

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"My time with Summer Discovery was extremely enjoyable, and it helped me continue to solidify my passion in working in student affairs. I genuinely enjoyed getting to bond with staff and students, as well as being able to meet people from different parts of the world while getting the opportunity to explore, and grow as an individual and professional."  - Jonathan C

"I learned so much about myself and my students this summer. I am excited for all my student's futures and grateful for a fantastic staff. This job exceeded my expectations" -Mya M


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