What Will I Be Doing?

Each Senior Counselor will be assigned to supervise and mentor 8-12 highly artistic high school students from the YAI program when students are not involved in classes and activities. Senior Counselors will be required to live in the residential room assigned to them which is in the vicinity of YAI students. All meals will be eaten with the YAI students. Expect long, yet creative and energizing days. The Senior Counselors are an integral part of the needed supervision. The Counselors are expected to be on duty and free of major committments. The demanding schedule does not allow for Senior Counselors to take in-person classes or work during YAI. 

Specific Duties

  • Supervision of students assigned to counselor when students are not in class.
  • Live in the residential hall and be directly responsible for 8-12 student.
  • Meet daily and communicate with the ACADEMY staff via a group messaging app.
  • Assist at check-in and check-out.
  • Participate in and help execute creative processes and artistic activities (lip-sync, poetry slam, spoken word, acting out scenes)
  • Be available to students for counseling, problem solving, talk through feelings of homesickness etc.
  • Know emergency procedures thoroughly.
  • Be available to help Residential Housing Office staff when necessary such as assisting with the linen change, key loss, bathroom maintenance. 
  • Material and supply move at the end of the program.
  • Attend staff training and orientation on the weekend of check-in for preparation. The staff training and orientation sessions are an important and fun aspect of preparing for Young Artists Institute. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who Are We Looking For?

Young Artists Institute is looking for high-energy students who are at least 18 years old, enrolled in a college or university where you have completed your first year. Senior Counselors must be responsible, mature, team oriented and up for getting out of their comfort zone. Priority is given to applicants who have studied or have a passion in the visual arts, writing, or theater. One of the strengths of YAI has been the outstanding role model that Senior Counselors provide. Counselors are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is exemplary which includes: a positive attitude, compassion, wise decision-making, appropriate dress, good personal hygiene and artisitc creativity. 

"The counselors are all such amazing people and have helped me through so much throughout this short week." - YAI student 


  • Great resume builder for jobs in college and even for post-grad careers.
  • YAI Director and staff can serve as employer references for job applications.
  • Rewarding experience working with and mentoring youth.
  • Transferrable skills such as basic teaching, art education, counseling, time-management and youth engagement.
  • Small pay stipend through SOU Pre-College Youth Programs.
  • Walk away with priceless friendships, connections and memories.