Summer Youth Programs


What Can I Do?

The Summer Youth Programs provide numerous opportunities to become part of the team. We hire a large number of seasonal staff in a wide variety of roles from live-in counselors to classroom instructors.

No matter the role, we are looking for outstanding individuals who bring awesome experiences and fresh perspectives to the table. Applicants should be positive, enthusiastic, innovative, and student-focused. We offer a flexible schedule in a casual, fun work environment, and provide valuable professional development experiences.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

SYP Student Staff - still Hiring!

If you are looking for a Summer Youth Programs position that lets you channel your creativity, innovation, enthusiasm, and team spirit, all in a professional environment, we have just the job for you! All student majors and levels are welcome.

We are currently planning for our 2021 Summer Youth Programs to run in person and have been  interviewing staff on a rolling basis, as they apply. See below for position descriptions. To apply please review our info-session video or PDF below and complete and submit your SYP Staff application with your resume.  We will follow up with you to schedule your interview soon! 

Still hiring for Residence Counselors, Day Counselors, Photographer and Weekend Counselor positions. 

Play SYP 2021 Employment Info-Session video
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SYP 2021 Employment Info-Session

Please download, complete, and submit the SYP Staff Application (along with your resume) to One of our staff members will then contact you to schedule your virtual interview. 

SYP Staff Application

If you have  questions you can contact us at 906-487-2219 or email to learn more. 

    Course Instructors and Teaching Assistants

    Most of our SYP explorations are taught by Michigan Tech faculty, staff, graduate, and upper-level undergraduate students. The Center for Educational Outreach directly hires some instructors - others are hired by the host departments based on their own criteria. We are happy to facilitate connections between interested instructors and the responsible departments as needed.

    Our explorations are designed to be fun (it is summer, after all!), but intellectually challenging, introducing students to material in the field you are covering. Your class should be a mix of classroom time, field trips, and labs. Everything should be very hands-on for the students, with lectures kept to a minimum.

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    "I'll remember how funny the counselors were. I truly felt like they understood us and really cared. They were also very understanding and helpful in telling me about other opportunities I may be interested in."Serena A.
    Women in Engineering participant