SAW Counselor Application

Apply to be a SAW Counselor

Campus Inclusion and Community seeks energetic and enthusiastic students interested in making a positive impact on the next generation of Wildcats! Counselors for the Summer Academic Workshop (SAW) serve as important ambassadors and role-models to incoming first-year students.  Counselors will help students develop lasting relationships; teach students how to navigate Northwestern University; and empower students with important tools for their personal success.

The SAW Counselor position is a spring and summer appointment from April 2 – September 21, 2018. Residency in a campus residence hall is required during SAW Counselor Training and Program dates August 29- September 21, 2018.  Residency will be compensated through the program. Counselors will report to the SAW Graduate Assistant (GA). Counselors will receive a $200 stipend at the end of Spring Quarter and $500 at the end of the summer program.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships through intentional interactions with students. Offer encouragement, support, and general guidance on the Northwestern experience.
  • Plan and implement events designed to create a welcoming and supportive environment.
  • Help lead initiatives designed to complement and augment students’ academic experience.
  • Communicate regularly with SAW GA and the MSA staff. Complete administrative tasks, including but not limited to daily check-ins and supervisor meetings, event planning, and paperwork.
  • Serve in a duty rotation to ensure safety, security, and policy enforcement within the residential area, including weekends. Submit reports to SAW GA with details of incidents. Properly report both emergency and non-emergency incidents.
  • Attend SAW Counselor Training 
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic and non-academic standing
  • Strong interest in the support and development of low-income and/or first-generation college students
  • Strong interest in social justice
  • Available to work and live in a campus residence hall Wednesday August 29 to Friday, September 21, 2018.
  • Three references: one must be a NU professor; one must be a current or previous supervisor. Please note that MSA staff and undergraduate students are not acceptable references for this position.
  • Previous work or volunteer experience as a peer educator or a similar position is preferred, but not required.

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