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Frequently Asked Questions

General Employment Questions

Application Questions

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General Employment Questions

Can I hold another job or take a summer course while working for CTY?

No. Given the intensive time commitment to the program, summer staff members are not permitted to hold other positions or take summer school courses while employed.

Can I apply to work only one session?

Yes. However, we prefer to hire employees to work both sessions whenever possible to preserve consistency. We strongly prefer that administrative staff work both sessions (if hired at a two-session site).

Do I get to choose the location where I work?

Site placement is determined by both an applicant’s preferences and the program’s needs for the summer. You are able to specify you site preferences on the application. Keep in mind that the more flexible you are in terms of your preferences, the easier it is for us to make a placement.

Will I be required to live on campus at a residential site?

At residential sites, all residential and most administrative staff members are required to live on campus for the duration of the program. Instructional staff members who live locally may commute.

I am applying to be an instructor. Does CTY specify a curriculum that must be followed?

We provide instructors with guidelines and resources to help them plan their course; however, we want to give instructors freedom to be creative in designing their courses. We do not specify a precise curriculum to which instructors must adhere.

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Application Questions

If I worked for CTY Summer Programs previously, do I need to submit a new application?

Yes. All applicants must submit a new application every year. 

Do all parts of the application have to be submitted at the same time?

You will be required to submit a resume with the online application. You may add additional supporting documentation, such as transcripts, later; however, you should submit these as soon as possible to avoid delaying the hiring process.

How do I submit additional supporting documents (e.g., transcripts) or update my application once it has been submitted?

You may submit additional supporting documentation to by logging back into your JHU career site candidate profile and upload additional documents or make changes to your application

Am I required to submit an original transcript?

No. A scanned copy or a web version is acceptable.

To whom should I address my cover letter?

You should address your cover letter “Dear Hiring Committee”. There are several program managers who review applications, and your application will likely by reviewed by different people if you are applying for multiple positions.

Is there a cutoff date for applying?

There is no cutoff date. We continue hiring on an as-needed basis through the beginning of the programs. The earlier that we receive your application, the more likely it will be that there is an available position that matches your interest and experience.

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Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

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