Residential Tutor-Counselor


June 19th through June 22, 2019  Staff Training and Move-In

June 23rd through July 26, 2019   Residential Summer Program


University of Pennsylvania ~ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program that prepares high school students to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.  The 6-week summer program includes academic, cultural, and recreational activities, and concludes with a 5-day college tour.


The primary objective of this position is to ensure the well-being of 35 students in grades 10 through 12, concerning health, safety, morale, discipline, interpersonal relationships within the group, and application to studies.  Three Residential Tutor-Counselors are expected to live in the college house and provide supervision of students during the week.  The week begins at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening and typically ends by 5:00 p.m. Friday afternoon.  Residential Tutor-Counselors assist with, plan and provide elective and recreational activities, field trips, study hall, and residence life programming.


Applicants must be at least a rising college junior with a strong academic record. Preference given to candidates who have:

  • Prior residential advisor or camp counselor experience
  • Experience working with Philadelphia high school students
  • Experience working with TRIO programs or are current/former participants
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organization and programming skills
  • Demonstrated the ability to work cooperatively and independently


  • Free on-campus housing from June 20 through July 20, plus hotel accommodations during a week-long out of state tour
  • Free meals, Monday breakfast through Friday lunch, from June 21 through July 20
  • Opportunity to attend cultural and recreational activities at no cost
  • Stipend of approximately $2400 for 5.5 weeks


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Toyce Holmes (toholmes@upenn.edu) at Upward Bound by March 31, 2019. Candidates will be contacted for an interview following review of their applications.  For more information, please contact Upward Bound staff at 215-898-3185.