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Academic Counselor (Residential)

The academic counselor position at CTY is similar to that of a boarding school counselor. As a member of the site administrative team, the academic counselor provides short-term, goal-focused counseling services to students and supports the residential and instructional staff in meeting the social, emotional, and educational needs of students. Academic counselors observe classes, visit residence halls, participate in student activities, facilitate workshops for students and staff, and maintain office hours. 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 program and 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 adolescents.

"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 $6,000 to $6,400 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 pay their travel to and from domestic program locations
  • Travel assistance is provided for international travel to sites outside of North America
  • Room and board are provided at residential sites

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate training in school counseling, social work, or related field, with at least two years of work experience
  • Experience working in a boarding school, residential 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 adolescence, gifted and talented students, community building, conflict resolution, team building, positive discipline, suicide prevention, eating disorders, 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.