Summer Camp and LEADer Employment Opportunities

Are you an Illinois student who loves science, engineering, and mathematics? Are you interested in mentoring the next generation of students, inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM? If so, consider becoming a member of the WYSE staff.

All Summer 2021 camps will be virtual. Find out more about the camp offerings on Middle School Summer Camps and High School Summer Camps.

Please note: If an undergraduate student is enrolled for 3 hours or more at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, at any point during the summer (Summer Session 1 and/or Session 2), they are restricted to working a maximum of 28 hours per week (not just during the period of enrollment), inclusive of ALL employments on campus. For international students in their first or last period of enrollment, then the maximum is 20 hours per week. Note that this restriction is only for undergraduate students

TrailBlazer Engagement Ambassador (undergraduate hourly)-OPEN

Beginning June 13 or as soon as the position is filled, join the WYSE summer camp team with a specialized focus on the experience of our TrailBlazer participants. These are middle and high school students who received a scholarship for showing evidence that they are paving new pathways into STEM. Perhaps they identify with underrepresented groups in STEM, perhaps they are the first in their family with a chance at college, or perhaps they have or are overcoming challenges to be where they are. As an Engagement Ambassador, you will work with a planning team to develop special programming, to facilitate meet-ups and seminars, to be a near-peer mentor, and to assess the impact of this programming and summer camp experiences in general. Through funding from the Institute for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (Grant #GIANT2021-08), this position lasts through the summer and the academic year. You can expect between 10-20 hours per week during the summer and about 5 hours per week in the Fall and Spring semesters.

TrailBlazer Engagement Ambassador job description

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Camp Counselors (undergraduate hourly)–FILLED FOR 2021

This summer position begins in May. Counselors are responsible for the enjoyment and safety of the campers while building a community online. The primary focus will be on the facilitation of evening social activities and daily reflections. Counselors also focus on community building, peer mentoring, and helping campers make new friends and learn new things. Maintaining a presence on social chat/media platforms (Groupme, Discord, Instagram) during camp especially helps with building a community with the campers and improving the camper experience. Counselors also assist with camp operations as needed. This might include lab kit building, activity planning, or supporting daytime lab activities. Have fun while developing your leadership and collaboration skills! Counselors work 4 to 6 weeks of camp during the summer (approx. 20 hours a week) and are required to attend the orientation and training sessions prior to the camp season.

Summer 2021 Camp Counselor full job description (pdf)

Lead Counselor/Engagement Ambassador (graduate or undergraduate hourly)


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Assist with coordination of logistics and activities for summer camps and outreach activities, lead training sessions, and identify/troubleshoot issues that arise. Lead Counselors usually have at least one year of WYSE engineering summer camp experience. Summer Camp preparations begin in the spring semester and continue throughout the summer. Camp activities continue beyond the camp season to include processing feedback and planning for the next summer. Lead Counselors are also considered for year-round employment as an Engagement Ambassador. This position helps with the coordination and implementation of public engagement and outreach activities with community groups and schools, as well as recruitment and support for the WYSE LEADer and volunteer network. During COVID restrictions, part of being an engagement ambassador includes adapting STEM curricula to a virtual platform, holding Zoom outreach sessions, and improving online engagement. This is a full-time job in the summer and approximately 10-15 hrs/wk during the school year.

Summer 2021 Lead Counselor / Engagement Ambassador full job description (pdf)

Lab Assistants (graduate or undergraduate hourly)


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This summer position begins in April. Work closely with camp track coordinators to develop and run lessons for the camps. This role often includes work in preparation for the camp such as activity development in collaboration with the camp’s coordinator and preparing activity lab kits. Lab assistants will work closely with other counselors to create a positive environment for all campers. This role focuses on the STEM content of the camp and may involve prerequisite requirements as defined by the camp coordinator. The Lab Assistants will be responsible for making sure campers can find their camp resources online and encourage them to document daily activities through photos and social media. Lab Assistants are typically hired for a specific camp that is aligned with their major. Time commitment varies by camp. All Lab Assistants will be required to attend the staff orientation and training sessions that take place prior to the camp season.

Summer 2021 Lab Assistant full job description (pdf)


If you have a particular passion for gender equity, then consider applying for the EAGER camps. If you have an interest in the issues of access and equity for traditionally underrepresented minorities, then consider applying for the IDEA camps. Visit the High School Camps page and the Middle School Camps page to learn more about all of the different summer camps offered.