Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP)

Applications have closed for summer 2018

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.

2018 Information Sessions:

Tuesday, January 30th @ 7pm @ LLC Main Lounge

Wednesday, January 31st @ 5pm @ Center for Intercultural Group Dialogue (626 Thurston)

Sunday, February 4th @ 6pm @ Ujamaa 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_2018_CPA_Position

 

Academic Program Assistants (APAs)

APA duties include:

  • Serving as a mentor to incoming students
  • Managing study groups and academic excellence workshops
  • Enforcing University and Program policies with students
  • Collaborating with other residential and academic 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_2018_APA_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_2018_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_2018_AA_Position

Student Staff Spotlight!

Name: Clarence

Community: The Tatkon Center for First-Year Students

Semesters as a Student Staff Member: 5 semesters

Favorite Part: My favorite part about working in the Center is that you really feel like all the things you do, no matter how small they might seem, can really make a difference in someone's day. It's rewarding to help others in the first-year community because it makes you more proactive and sociable while also building on your own confidence and skills.

Advice to Candidates: Be genuine and show that you're interested in helping others and getting involved! Here at Tatkon we are open to people from diverse backgrounds and we encourage you to be yourself and show your individual qualities. Working at Tatkon also means being selfless - the first-year community will look to you for inspiration and guidance! And lastly, put on a smile! It's what we're known for.


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