Position Open: Residential Counselor, Pushkin Summer Institute, UW-Madison

The Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia in cooperation with the Dept. of German, Nordic, and Slavic+ seek responsible hard-working, outgoing, friendly, and mature undergraduate students with a passion for Russian and an interest in working with underrepresented students at the high school level to serve as residential counselors for the 2023 Pushkin Summer Institute at UW-Madison.

About the Pushkin Summer Institute

The Pushkin Summer Institute (PSI) is an intensive pre-college summer program aimed at high-school students from underrepresented communities. Our unique, five-week program combines the intensive study of Russian language, culture, and civilization with residential living in a UW-Madison dormitory in order to stimulate interest in Russian studies; build critical thinking, reading, and writing skills; and prepare students for the demands of college life. PSI students participate in a rigorous program comprised of non-credit courses on Russian language and literature, as well as workshops on Russian culture, study skills, and preparing to succeed in college. Students also participate in on- and off-campus extracurricular activities and field trips.

Residential Counselors

Residential counselors play an integral role in the success of the PSI program. Counselors live with program participants in a UW-Madison residence hall, eat meals with participants in the dining halls, provide language support during study halls and in class, provide mentoring and supervision for students, and assist the program director with planning and carrying out extracurricular activities.

Candidates for the position must have at least one year of Russian language, a strong academic background, and leadership qualities. The 2023 PSI summer program will run from 18 June – 22 July, and counselors must be available for three additional days of online and two days of in-person training before the start of the program (June 13-17).

Students who are enrolled in intensive Russian courses during the summer are encouraged to apply. All outside employment and summer courses must, however, be approved prior to the beginning of the program.

Application deadline: April 1, 2023

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