Summer Sessions


Resident Advisors (RAs) live in the undergraduate residence halls supporting Cornell and visiting college students taking summer classes or involved in research opportunities on campus.


RA duties include

  • Peer Counselor
  • Community Builder
  • Academic Resource
  • Programmer
  • Crisis Manager
  • Administrator

RAs spend a significant amount of time getting to know residents as individuals and generating enthusiasm as they bring students together to create communities.

Staff serve in an on-call rotation and are trained, supervised, and supported by intern and professional staff.

RAs must be strong team players as members of a residence hall staff.

Position Description: SS_RA_position_description

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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