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Students in need of a summer job: Set your sights on summer camp

Mills College Weekly

  • What kinds of kids do you want to work with?
  • Do you want to be at a co-ed camp?
  • Do you want to work with developmentally disabled or
    economically challenged kids?
  • What do you want to get out of camp?
  • Are there special certifications you want to gain?
    Certifications in First Aid, CPR and lifeguarding are common.
  • Do you want to spend your summer in the heat and humidity of
    the eastern woodlands, or would you rather be somewhere like Santa
    Barbara or Catalina?
  • When are you available?
  • Will you have enough time to return home and get settled before
    classes resume?

  • How are you going to get to your camp?
  • Does the camp provide a travel stipend or transportation from
    area airports?
  • Why are you applying to one camp in particular?
  • Does its philosophy match your own?
  • Will you be able to adjust if it doesn’t?
  • When, how and where will you receive training?
  • Will the camp provide enough time for staff to get to know one
    another before adding kids to the mix?
  • How does the director lead? If you get to the interview stage
    of the application process, it is equally important for you to ask
    questions. Consider whether you’d want to work for and with someone
    who can’t or won’t answer your concerns.
  • Keep in mind that you are trading your summer for this
    experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and do enough research
    to make sure you’re comfortable with your decision.
  • Start looking now. “The volume of e-mail is out of control from
    January on,” Silkman states. If you want your application noticed,
    act now.