Apply to be a counselor for camp kesem 2019!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Camp Kesem! We are thrilled that you are applying to be a part of the team that will make Camp Kesem 2018 the most magical week yet.

The counselor application process includes:

  • A written application, due December 6th at 11:59pm.

  • An optional letter of reference, due December 6th at 11:59pm. In some cases, a reference can provide us with information not communicated in your application. You can request a reference from a colleague, faculty member, former supervisor, or employer who has witnessed you interacting in a group dynamic (preferably with children, though this isn’t required) by sending them the link below. Note that the reference is optional. It won’t have a negative impact on your application if you don’t submit one – we promise! (In general, letters of reference written by peers provide little value in the application process; we encourage you to err on the side of not submitting a reference, unless you believe there is someone who can truly provide information not conveyed in your application.)

  • An in-person interview with two members of the interview committee during the first two weeks of Winter Quarter. We will notify you by December 28th if you have been selected for an interview. Interview sign-ups will close on January 2nd – if you are selected for an interview and do not sign up by this date, your interview slot will be forfeited. Please email us if this might pose a problem (e.g., if you won’t have access to the internet over the break).

Final selections are made following deliberations with the Kesem leadership team. Applicants may also be placed on a waitlist in case of any position openings.

Detailed counselor expectations can be found in the counselor application. Note that applicants must be on campus (i.e. not abroad) for both Winter and Spring quarters.

Want to learn more? Check out our counselor FAQ for more information.


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