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.

Applications are closed for Summer 2020


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

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. In the fall, camp activities include processing feedback and planning for the next summer. The Engagement Ambassador is a possible continuation of this job. Part of this job helps with year-round 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.

Camp Counselors (undergraduate hourly)

Summer position that begins in the Spring Semester. Responsible for the enjoyment and safety of the campers who come from across the state, the nation, and the world. Camp counselors live in the same residence hall as the campers for the duration of the camp (Hendrick House). Responsibilities during camp include helping campers find their way around campus, leading group activities such as bowling and scavenger hunts, and helping campers make new friends and learn new things. You get to have fun while developing your leadership and collaboration skills. Counselors work 4 to 6 weeks of camp during the summer and are required to attend the orientation and training sessions prior to the camp season.

Summer 2020 update: As camps move fully to online, the counselor duties can be performed virtually. The primary focus will be on facilitation of evening social activities and daily reflections. The counselor’s role will continue to focus on community building and peer mentoring.

Lab Assistants (graduate or undergraduate hourly)

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Summer position that begins in the Spring Semester. 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 lesson and activity development in collaboration with the camp’s coordinator. 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 reach their intended destinations around campus during the day and will also help to document daily activities through photos and social media. Lab Assistants are typically hired for a specific camp that is aligned with their major. All Lab Assistants will be required to attend the staff orientation and training sessions that take place prior to the camp season.

Almost all of the WYSE Summer Camps are overnight camps that start on Sunday afternoon and end around noon on Saturday. Middle school camps are day-camps and there are a couple camps with specialized schedules. 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 WYSE Summer Camps page to learn more about all of the different summer camps offered.