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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Position Number: 4002580
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Graduate Intern (Activity Director/Resident Director)


Pre-Collegiate Outreach - JM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) offers a wide range of summer programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for student in grades 4-12. Our academic programs bring over 1,000 students to campus. Our program offerings range in timeframe, type, and focus.

We offer programs such as aerospace engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, robotics, and more! We also offer sports camps throughout the summer for students in grades 2-12, which are run in partnership with Athletics. Please see more information about our programs:

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


The Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs is looking to hire two or three graduate students who are looking for a summer opportunity focused on pre-college programs. This position provides a professional experience that involves coordination of summer student staff training, participant orientation, program administration, residential life operations, student activities, and STEM outreach.

The graduate interns will work together to ensure a seamless summer of pre-college programs. All interns will supervise a group of undergraduate students, serve on the on-call schedule, and address behavioral and/or medical incidents. Each graduate student will be assigned as a lead in a certain area program development, logistics, and marketing and communication, but will be expected to support any/all facets of our summer programs.

Graduate students will be able to enhance their skills and prepare for a their first professional position. This position requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, organization, good judgement, high level of adaptability, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team. A successful intern will also exhibit a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and an interest to work with students and staff from diverse backgrounds.

  • Assist in the development and supervision of WPI undergraduate Program Assistants (PA), and Residential Program Assistants (RPA).
  • Plan and implement summer staff training.
  • Update all staff manuals.
  • Coordinate orientations for all participants.
  • Complete all housing assignments for residential programs.
  • Serve in an on-call rotation, which includes going to the local hospital for transports.
  • Prepare materials for opening days such as ID cards, room keys, check-in packets, schedules, etc.
  • Assist with activities and vendor planning; be present at evening/weekend activities to assist.
  • Manage 10pm curfew check-ins for residential high school programs and conduct regular building checks.
  • Serve as the contact for all comings and goings of participants, including early arrivals, late departures, and off-campus release forms.
  • Assist in the day-to-day operations in the office and with all summer programs.
  • Provide support and be present for all openings and closings of programs.
  • Serve as a resource for participants and undergraduate student staff.
  • Coordinate with a variety of WPI departments including Residential Services, Dining and Catering, Events, Facilities, Health Services, Student Activities, and Admissions.
  • Foster a positive, educational, and fun community; emphasize mutual respect and inclusiveness in residence halls and activities.
  • Understand WPI policies and procedures, as well as program specific policies; inform students and parents of these policies; enforce policies in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Participate in staff trainings, meetings, and one-on-ones.
  • Assist with administrative handling of online student registrations, applications, and support documents.
  • Provide excellent customer service via persons, phone, and email.
  • Be accessible via cell phone and email.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Currently pursuing a Master's Degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, education, or a related area.
  • No other commitments during this this timeframe including internships, employment, or academic courses (unless it pertains to this internship).
  • Conditional offer pending a criminal background check.

  • $7,000 stipend for the summer paid in bi-weekly increments.
  • On-campus housing in a single room within a suite.
  • A meal plan during the 4 weeks of pre-college programs.
  • Access to the on-campus Sports & Recreation Center
  • An on-campus parking pass

WPI requires that all employees to be fully-vaccinated for COVID-19 and boosted. For additional information, please go to

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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