Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about applying for our summer positions.

General Questions

I submitted an application online. What happens now?

Once an application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the hiring committee and notification of your application status will typically be sent within two weeks. As we hire summer staff on a rolling basis, the number of remaining open positions is always changing which in turn can affect our response time. Should you be selected to advance to the next stage of our hiring process, a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff member will contact you directly to set up an interview.

I do not live in the Stanford area. Do I need to do an in-person interview?

Applicants who are not from the Stanford area are advised that an in-person interview is preferred; however, for those unable to travel to Stanford, interviews may be conducted via Skype. Note that Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies is unable to pay for travel expenses associated with the interview process.

What should I wear to my interview?

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies style is business casual. Formal attire is not necessary, so no ties or suits are required. Workout clothes, sweats, and hats are not encouraged.

Am I eligible to work for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies?

All Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff must be eligible to work in the United States from the first day of required training to the last day of the program for which you are hired. It is your responsibility to know what documents are necessary and to obtain proper employment authorization prior to your start date.

Keep in mind that student visas expire upon graduation, so if you are attending Stanford on a student visa, and you are graduating in June 2018 or earlier, you will need an OPT or some other work authorization for summer employment with Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. Please note that the OPT processing time is approximately three months, so it is important that you plan well in advance.

If you are a non-Stanford student on a student visa, your student visa may not be sufficient for employment at Stanford and you will require an OPT or other work authorization.

If you are a postdoc interested in an instructional position, consult with your supervisor as to whether you are able to teach for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. Any postdoc or regular Stanford staff member will require approval from their supervisors to accept a summer teaching position with Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies; casual employees such as lecturers may also need approval. Contact Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies Human Resources at if you have additional questions.

Instructor Candidate Questions

I am interested in an instructional position but do not have teaching experience. Should I apply?

All complete applications will receive full consideration. Previous teaching experience is strongly preferred, but the lack of such experience does not necessarily preclude you from employment.

How are instructors selected?

All candidates for instructional positions should submit an employment application for the current year. New candidates whose backgrounds and experience meet our needs and criteria will be invited to a 60-minute interview. Those selected to move to the next stage will be asked to submit a course proposal for the course they are interested in teaching. All proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply early for full consideration. If the course proposal is accepted and all references checks are successful, an offer may be extended, which is contingent on a satisfactory Live Scan background check.  

I am interested in an instructional position but do not live in the Stanford area. Is housing provided for instructors? 

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies is unable to provide housing for Instructors. Many arrange for sublets through Craigslist,, Airbnb, and other online posting services. Those who live in Oakland, Santa Cruz, or San Francisco often carpool to campus with other Instructors.

Residential and Operations Staff Candidate Questions

Is there an application deadline?

We encourage applicants to submit applications for summer employment by our priority deadline for positions of interest. The priority deadline for Residential Director, Assistant Residential Director, Activites Manager, International Institutes Program Manager, and Operations Manager is January 23, 2018. All other positions have a priority deadline of February 18, 2018. However, we encourage all applicants to apply as soon as they are able. We will review applications before and after the priority deadline.

Applications for each position will be accepted until all openings for that position have been filled. Once filled, we will make a note on that position’s page on this employment website.

What does the interview process for residential staff involve?

For most residential staff positions (Residential Counselors, Activities Coordinators, Operations Coordinators, Fleet Specialists, Food Specialists, Technology Specialists), the interview process has two stages. The first is a group interview, which lasts about an hour and a half, sometimes longer for larger groups. During the group interview, there will be a mix of individual questions and a team activity. The goal of the group interview is to get to know the candidates, as well as to provide more information about the programs and positions.

Candidates selected from the first interview will be invited to an individual 30-minute follow-up interview to discuss interests and background so as to determine the best program and position fit. 

Interviews for the Head Counselor position will begin once the Residential Counselor hiring process is complete, and will draw from Residential Counselors who have already been hired.

For all other positions—Assistant Residential Director, Camp Nurse, International Institutes Program Manager, Operations Manager, Residential Director —interviews will be scheduled individually.

I participated in a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program in high school. Can I be considered for a residential position, even if I am not a Stanford student?

All complete applications will receive full consideration.

I would love to be a Residential Counselor, but I also need to take a class this summer. Can I do both?

No. All residential staff positions are full-time positions with significant on-call duties. Therefore, residential staff may not hold other jobs, take classes, or conduct research while working for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. 

I just graduated from high school and will attend college in the fall. Can I work as a Residential Counselor?

No. All residential staff must have completed at least one year of college.

How will I be paid for overtime?

Non-exempt staff will receive overtime pay (1.5x pay rate) for an excess of 8 hours worked in one work day, 40 hours in one work week, or for the first 8 hours on the seventh consecutive work day. Double overtime pay (2x pay rate) will be received for an excess of 12 hours worked in one work day or for any hours over 8 on the seventh consecutive work day.