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Academic Counselor - Day

The academic counselor position at a CTY day site is similar to that of a school counselor. As a member of the site administrative team, the academic counselor provides short-term, goal-focused counseling services to students and supports instructional staff in meeting the social, emotional, and educational needs of students. During the school day, significant time is spent in the classrooms serving as an accessible resource for instructors. Academic counselors also participate in student activities, facilitate workshops for students and staff, and participate in the daily administrative team meeting. The academic counselor is often a point of contact for families and assists the Baltimore office in coordinating efforts to accommodate students with disabilities and special needs.

A high degree of visibility during the day, along with an open line of communication with the site administrative team and staff, are integral aspects of the academic counselor's role in creating an academic community responsive to the emotional needs of academically talented young students.

"I must say that this summer has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did I enjoy my co-workers, but I also gained a lot of practical experience in my field. I learned to thrive in an environment surrounded by people much different from myself. I can honestly say that I am a better person for having worked this summer at CTY."

— former academic counselor

Terms of Employment:

  • Starting salary ranges from $5,400 to $5,800 for a seven-week period, commensurate with education and experience
  • Attendance the first weekend in June at an orientation in Baltimore, Friday to Sunday (no additional compensation, but CTY pays travel expenses and provides room and board)
  • Occasional telephone consultations during the year, as needed
  • Employees are responsible for providing their travel to and from program locations

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate training in school counseling, social work, or related field, with at least two years of work experience
  • Experience working in a school, camp, or related environment
  • Experience working with gifted students and/or training in the characteristics of gifted students
  • Experience working with students with learning disabilities and special needs
  • Experience working as a member of an administrative/educational team
  • Ability to lead discussions, conduct brief workshops, and assist staff with issues related to children, gifted and talented students, community building, conflict resolution, team building, active listening skills, and classroom management
  • Strong communication skills

Programs run from late June to early August. Please refer to the Site Locations & Dates page for the specific dates of employment.

Complete Job Responsibilities (PDF)

If you have questions about summer employment with CTY, write to us at or call 410-735-6185.

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.