2018 Academy SC 33To be a senior counselor you must be at least 18 years old and enrolled in a college or university where you have completed your freshman year. Each senior counselor will be assigned to supervise 12-14 students from the program during those times when the students are not involved in classes. Senior counselors will be required to live in the dorms assigned to them. All meals will be eaten with the ACADEMY students. The time commitment for the job is considerable. The students attending the program will range in age from 9-14 years; therefore, the program must provide a high level of supervision. The senior counselors will be an integral part of the needed supervision. The counselors are expected to be on duty and free of all other commitments from Noon until 8:30 am of the following day. Senior counselors who plan to take college classes should not register for classes after 11:00 am during ACADEMY sessions.


ACADEMY is looking for high-energy personalities who find working with young people stimulating and fun. We are looking for responsible, mature, and emotionally stable individuals. One of the strengths of the ACADEMY program has been the outstanding role model that senior counselors provide. Counselors are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is exemplary which includes: good personal hygiene, positive attitude, compassion, wise decision-making, and intellectual curiosity.


  • Supervision of students assigned to counselor when students are not in class.
  • Live in the dorm and be directly responsible for 12-14 students.
  • Attend orientation session prior to each session.
  • Meet daily with the ACADEMY staff.
  • Assist at registration and checkout.
  • Participate in and help with recreational activities and evening programs.
  • Participate in an evaluation of the session.
  • Participate in all afternoon and weekend activities.
  • Be available to students for counseling, problem solving, etc.
  • Know emergency procedures thoroughly.
  • Be available to help Housing Office staff when necessary (e.g. cleaning up after social events, assisting with the linen change, etc.)


All counselors are required to attend staff training at the SOU Pre-College Youth Programs ACADEMY Office on the Saturday prior to check-in for orientation and preparation. The staff training, orientation sessions, and work parties are an important and fun aspect of preparing for ACADEMY.