YSSS 2019 is hiring for Staff Counselor positions for the male-identifying floor!


Staff Counselor Position

The Young Scholars Senior Summit (YSSS) program is a three-week, summer program at the University of Connecticut for academically talented students enrolled in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars program. It has been designed to provide young people with opportunities to participate in creative projects and investigations under the supervision of university mentors. YSSS is looking for motivated, enthusiastic counselors interested in working with high school students this summer.


This is a temporary, 3-week, full-time position from July 5, 2019 to July 29, 2019 based on the Storrs campus. The weekly stipend rate is $850.00 plus room and board. Counselors will spend 2-3 hours per day visiting mentor sites and will attend mandatory weekday staff meetings. They will also be on duty in the residence halls from 3:00 or 4:00 pm each weekday through the overnight hours. Counselors are also expected to be on duty all day Saturday and Sunday July 6-7; Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14; and Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21; Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28 until all participants have checked out. Attendance at staff orientation (date to be determined) will be mandatory.


  1. At least 3 years of post-secondary education past high school
  2. Supervisory experience and/or teaching of adolescents or children
  3. Prior experience facilitating recreational activities for a group
  4. Prior experience working collaboratively or on a team
  5. Proven ability to work independently
  6. Good organizational skills
  7. Good written and oral communication skills


  1. Bachelor’s degree in a related area (e.g. education, social sciences, human relations)
  2. One to two years of classroom/counseling experience
  3. Previous experience working with adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17.


To apply, send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and the answers to the following questions/statements via email to Lisa Muller, Executive Program Director at the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut at lisa.muller@uconn.edu.

Please attach a brief description (~300 words) of yourself and why you are interested in a staff counselor position. Please include information on extracurricular activities and/or employment experiences that would DIRECTLY relate to the Counselor position.

As a counselor you will be required to plan and respond to different aspects of the program and different situations with participants throughout the 3-week period. For each situation below, please write 1-2 paragraphs to explain how you would respond.


Situation 1

It is 1:00 am and you are coming from the soda machine only to find 2 students running across the hallway into an adjacent room. Knowing that curfew is at 10:00 pm and students are not supposed to be outside of their rooms for any reason, how would you respond to this situation?


Situation 2

As a senior counselor you are responsible for assigning duties and supervising staff counselors on your floor. You discover one of your staff counselors is not visiting their students at their mentorship site on a regular basis. What course of action would you take?


Situation 3

As a counselor you want to make sure all the students have the best experience possible during the 3 weeks. A student comes to you to express discontent with his or her mentor, his or her roommate, and other counselors in the program. What would be your response to this situation?


For questions about the position, please contact Lisa Muller, Executive Program Director at lisa.muller@uconn.edu. We will begin accepting applications immediately and will continue to accept them until all positions are full. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately.

View the full job description here.