SPIRIT - Jobs for Camp Counselors

During the SPIRIT program for high school students (July 16-20, 2012), there are opportunities for college students to work as camp counselors. If you are interested in being considered as a camp counselor for the student program, you should contact Prof. Alka Harriger via email and indicate your interest. Your name will be added to a camp counselor notification list, so you will be notified as soon as applications for the position are available. (Use Contact link at the bottom of the page)

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This year's one-week, non-residential program for high school students starts on Monday, July 16, 2012. Some camp counselors will need to be available only during the program; however, some will be needed to stay overnight with the students who opt to stay overnight. If selected as a camp counselor, your duties will begin an hour before the program begins on 7/16 and continue until an hour after the program ends on 7/20.

All camp counselors will be required to complete a two hour training program to be scheduled sometime before the start of the camp, based on schedules of camp administrators and selected camp counselors. All camp counselors will assist in some Alice instructional sessions and be prepared to assist in other interactive sessions throughout the week. On the first day, you will be expected to assist in the registration process and greet your assigned students for the week. The rest of the week, you will supervise your assigned group of students, lead them to various sessions, ensure respectful behavior, and other duties as assigned.


Camp counselors selected for SPIRIT receive the following benefits:

  1. Earn money during the week
    • $450 for non-residential
    • $600 for residential
  2. Gain supervisory experience
  3. Residential camp counselors will stay in air-conditioned dorms for free
  4. All meals and activities during the program are included
  5. Software on CD and workbook


College students who apply to SPIRIT as camp counselors should meet the following requirements, if selected:

  1. Be available to SPIRIT staff and assigned students during the program
    • For residential camp counselors, this means 24/7 availability from Monday, July 16, 2012, 7:30 am to Friday, July 20, 2012, 6:30 pm.
    • For non-residential camp counselors, this means 7:30 am - 5:30 pm daily from July 16-July 202, 2012
  2. Accompany assigned students to all activities and meals (and accommodations for residential camp counselors).
  3. Be knowledgeable of the 3D storyboarding tool, Alice (part of the Sunday training session will provide an opportunity for review of Alice). You are encouraged to download the free Alice program from the Alice website.
  4. Ensure that assigned students participate in activities, including completion of surveys that support SPIRIT research.
  5. Agree to allow SPIRIT to use your likeness in promotional materials.
  6. Have fun and encourage assignees to have fun, too!


All applicants will be expected to be college students in good standing. You will be asked to provide two references who can address questions about your academic credentials and personal/professional ethics. Additionally, we will consider the following preferences (in order):

  1. Current Purdue CIT/CS student
  2. Current Purdue student in a technical discipline
  3. Current college student at a university in the state of Indiana majoring in a computing discipline
  4. Current college student at a university in the state of Indiana majoring in a technical discipline
  5. Current Purdue student
  6. Current college student at a US university majoring in a technical discipline, including computing
  7. Past SPIRIT participant with proof of acceptance in a technical discipline at a US university

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