Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP)

Application closed for Summer 2019

The Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP) is designed to help new incoming students prepare for the challenges of the first year at Cornell.  Student staff work closely with professional residential, academic, and student services staff to support students in this transition.  All student staff positions are live-in positions in the residence hall with the students.  Staff are expected to abide by the University Code of Conduct, House Rules, and stricter Program rules.

2019 Information Sessions are:

Wednesday, January 23 @ 5pm @ Center for Intercultural Dialogue (626 Thurston)

Thursday, January 24 @ 4:30pm @ Ujamaa Residential College, Main Lounge

 

Program Assistants (PAs)

PA duties include:

  • Serving as a mentor to incoming students
  • Serving in an on-call rotation within the community
  • Enforcing University and Program policies with students
  • Supporting and lead academic, social, and educational programming
  • Collaborating with other residential staff and College Associate(s) for assigned College/School

Staff must be strong team players as members of a residence hall staff and academic support group.

Position Description: PSP_2019_CPA_Position

 

Activities Coordinator (AC)

AC duties include:

  • Serving as a mentor to incoming students
  • Planning, coordinating, and participating in non-academic programming
  • Marketing programming to students
  • Supporting PAs in their programming as well as scheduling them to support larger scale events
  • Enforcing University and Program policies with students
  • Collaborating with other residential and student services staff to support students

Staff must be a strong team player as a member of the Residential Leadership Team and a senior student staff member.

Position Description: PSP_2019_AC_Position

 

Administrative Assistant (AA)

AA duties include:

  • Serving as a mentor to incoming students
  • Managing the administrative offices and front desk of PSP within the residence hall
  • Supporting residential- and PSP-associated professional staff along with Resident Directors and the Residential Leadership Team
  • Communicating with students, student staff, professional staff, and parents
  • Enforcing University and Program policies with students

Staff must be a strong team player as a member of the Residential Leadership Team and a senior student staff member.

Position Description: PSP_2019_AA_Position

 

PSP Application Process

Candidates must attend one of the information sessions to gain access to the application.  Below you will find a full pdf of the application so you can think over your answers prior to starting the application.  We also ask that you submit a cover letter (we have given you prompts to answer) and a resume.  The application gives resources to have your cover letter and resume reviewed prior to applying.  Applications are due February 26 by 9am.  The visual essay listed in the application is optional.

PDF of application: PSP_application

All candidates will be invited to attend a group activity process occurring on March 2.  The full time frame will be 1pm -5pm.  Candidates will receive an email prior to March 2 with a shorter specific time frame to attend within that window.

Candidates will also schedule individual interviews with each college they have applied to for PA roles and with Residential Programs for Activities Coordinator and Administrative Assistant roles.  Each college conducts interviews differently and not all candidates may be interviewed.  More information will be provided to those that complete their applications.  Interviews occur March 4- March 15.

Offer letters will be sent March 22 and responses are required by March 29.

Student Staff Spotlight!

Name: Ariana

Community: High Rises

Semesters as a Student Staff Member: 4 semesters as an RA, 1 semester as an SRA

Favorite Part: My favorite part about being a student staff member is having the opportunity to get to know first-year students and truly make a lasting impact on the beginning of their journey here at Cornell. Living amongst first-years, you’re not only watching them grow but you’re able to see how they are also contributing to your own growth. It’s honestly beautiful and a constant give on both ends.

What has been your biggest challenge in this position? In the beginning, the biggest challenge for me was time. It can seem like a lot with programming and fulfilling requirements especially, but I want to stress that this role is not just another job. Our RHDs and supervisors genuinely care about your well-being and your staff is filled with others you can lean on for support when necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Advice to Candidates: My biggest piece of advice is to self-reflect and make sure you’re going into this for the right reasons because it’s not easy. Once committing to the role and your desire to take this on, just be yourself. Don’t worry about what you think anyone wants to hear, stay true to yourself.


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