Summer Sessions

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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.

Information Session Slides:SC_SS_info_session_slides_2019

Info session dates:

  • Monday, March 4th @ 7pm @ RPCC Auditorium 
  • Tuesday, March 12th @ 5pm @ Tatkon Large Classroom 

pdf of Application: Summer_Staff_application_SS_SC

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_2019

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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