Employment Opportunities

Spend your summer making an impact

Every summer we hire a team of WashU undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students to provide academic and community support, plan enrichment activities, and ensure a safe, respectful pre-college community. Our team is instrumental to the success of our programs.

Information about our 2024 staff positions, including full job descriptions and applications, is available below. The deadline for applications is February 23, 2024.

Program Assistants


As a Program Assistant (PA), you serve as an advisor and mentor for our students. The primary role of a PA is to guide participants towards creating a positive academic atmosphere and a respectful, inclusive community. This can be achieved by helping to implement academic, community, and college readiness activities, providing information about university resources, providing academic and community support, informing students about policies and procedures, and enforcing these policies and procedures. A full job description is available here.

The PA position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and strengthen skills in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Relationship building

Submit your application

Program Supervisors 


Our supervisor team is instrumental in the success of our programs from mentoring and supporting staff, to overseeing program logistics, and planning and executing enrichment curriculum. Supervisors build a community of belonging that promotes academic success and prepares students for college success. The supervisor positions are challenging and rewarding experiences with opportunities to develop skills in many areas such as leadership, staff management, communication, curriculum design, educational programming, counseling, and crisis management. These are considered full-time temporary positions. A full job description is available here.

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    Supporting Students: A Reflection on Working for A&S Pre-College Programs

    Supporting Students: A Reflection on Working for A&S Pre-College Programs

    2024 Staff Application Timeline

    Select a date below to learn more about the application process.

    February 23

    Deadline to submit application including resume and reference contact information. Invitations to program assistant group interviews sent February 27.

    February 28-March 1

    Program assistant group interviews conducted via Zoom. Invitations to individual interviews sent March 1.

    March 4-8

    Individual, in-person interviews for program assistant and supervisor candidates held.

    March 11

    Selection of staff and alternates for 2024 announced. Contracts due March 22.

    April 19

    Background checks and youth protection online training deadline.

    Staff Code of Conduct

    To create an inclusive, safe, and respectful community, all of our staff are asked to abide by our staff code of conduct. 

    Review the staff code of conduct

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    A&S Pre-College Programs Staff Philosophy Statement

    Our philosophy is that all children deserve a challenging and innovative educational environment that promotes physical, mental, and emotional well-being. We will provide a safe environment where students can explore their individuality and share their ideas in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere. They should be able to have their creativity and curiosity direct their learning as we act as both guide and facilitator.

    It is our responsibility to know who our students are and what kinds of knowledge and experiences they bring to our programs. We design enrichment curriculum, incorporating best practices of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, that fits their needs and yet leaves enough room to accommodate topics that emerge from group discovery. By assessing where our students are with respect to mutual learning objectives, we can provide the framework they need to build connections between current knowledge and future understanding. We embrace case-based learning, structured sharing and other active learning activities because they stimulate intellectual discourse and cooperative problem solving that lay the foundation for lifelong collaborative practice. Yet we also ensure space for self-reflection, modeling for students the tools and techniques they can use to reflect on their own growth and build self-confidence. We see our role as not only providing answers, but also encouraging students to ask the important questions.

    We make an effort to expose students to community members from diverse cultural backgrounds who act as role models and mentors supporting our students’ academic discovery. We act as a guide, navigating students through the plethora of content on college research and planning, supporting the creation of individualized plans for college success both inside and outside of the classroom. We focus on core skill development including self-advocacy, cultural understanding, communication, and decision-making.

    In conclusion, our ultimate goal is to provide high quality, innovative programming that meets the unique needs of each student. We aspire to create a community of diverse, engaged learners where students feel a strong sense of belonging. We aim for students to leave the program feeling challenged, supported, and excited for their future.

    Instructor Positions

    For WashU affiliated individuals interested in instructor positions with our programs, please contact us at precollege@wustl.edu

    • We accept course proposals year round for our online Exploration Courses. Details for submitting a proposal are available here.
    • We are currently hiring instructors for our 2024 Middle School Summer Challenge. The deadline to apply is February 23, 2024. Details for applying are available here.

    Working for A&S Pre-College Programs for two summers was an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only could I share my love and passion for WashU with the students, but I was also able to grow and mature through the process. Each group of students brings a unique collection of talents, interests, and skills to the program, which challenged my views, honed my awareness, and broadened my horizons."

    ―RyanFormer Program Assistant

    Employment Inquiry Form

    If you would like to find out more about positions available with Arts & Sciences Pre-College Programs, please complete and submit this inquiry form.


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