To 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. Priority is given to applicants who have studied the 1 Alan Lovevisual arts, writing, or theater.  Each senior counselor will supervise and mentor 12-14 students from the program during those times when the students are not involved in classes. Senior counselors live in the dorms and eat all meals with the YAI students. The time commitment for the job is considerable. The students attending the program range in age from 14-17 years. 

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


The Young Artists Institute runs from July 7 - July 15, 2018. Counselors are expected to be on duty and free of all other commitments from 11:45 am until 9:30 am the following day.

All counselors are required to attend staff training at the SOU Pre-College Youth Programs office on the day prior to check-in for orientation and preparation. The staff training and orientation is an important and fun aspect of preparing for the Young Artists Institute.


Applications should be completed online. You will be prompted to create an account. Use an email address that you check often, as this is how we will communicate with you about the status of your application and will notify you to complete payroll paperwork once you've been hired. 

  • You will be asked whether you want to purchase a protection plan. DECLINE THIS OFFER - it does not apply to Senior Counselors.

  • Find Young Artists Institute on the list of programs to register for, and select Young Artists Institute Senior Counselors Application. Once you select this option and decline the protection plan you will be told you are registered. Once registered please follow the prompts to complete your online application.