Carnegie Mellon University
The Pre-College CA Application will be available on November 18, 2022, and the RA Application will be available on February 6, 2023.

Build community, foster growth, and become a leader.

Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Programs mirror the undergraduate experience, giving rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore their interests and passions while receiving instruction from acclaimed Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff. We provide a holistic and robust student experience that includes academic and personal development both inside and outside of the classroom to prepare students for the future. The Office of Pre-College Programs is seeking Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students to be Community Advisors (CA) and Residential Advisors (RA) for the 2023 program this summer.

The Pre-College residential staff is crucial to the success of Pre-College Programs. Our residential staff will consist of a diverse group of CMU undergraduate students who are willing and able to take on the responsibility of caring for the safety and well-being of high school students. Problem-solving, communication, and people skills will be applied to daily responsibilities. As a member of the Pre-College residential staff, not only will you gain valuable experiences through mentoring high school students with your supervision and leadership, you will leave the program with a network of peers and staff. 

We invite you to join us to make a difference in the lives of high school students by applying for the RA/CA position at CMU's Pre-College Programs.

To learn more about the roles, responsibilities, and requirements, please take a look at the RA and CA Job Descriptions.

Overview and Timeline of Hiring Process

Although this is not required, it is recommended that applicants take advantage of a virtual information sessions that are offered by the Assistant Director for Pre-College Student Affairs. Through these sessions, you can learn about the CA or RA role as well as the hiring/interview process and ask any questions that you may have. This is a great way to get to know the job, the program, and your potential supervisor.

To sign up for an Information Session, please email the Assistant Director for Pre-College Student Affairs, Jena Grgurich at to confirm your session and receive the Zoom Link. Each session will be 30 minutes in length. 

After attending an Information Session and determining if one of the positions is right for you, we recommend that you apply using our online application. The application will determine whether candidates are granted an interview, as such please take your time and put considerable thought into the application.

CA Application: The application will open on November 18, 2022.

RA Application: The application will open on January 6, 2023.
The interview process will look different depending on the role of interest.

CA Candidates: All CA candidate interviews will consist of an in-person interview with the Assistant Director and the Director of Pre-College Programs.

RA Candidates: All RA candidate interviews will consist of an individual interview with the Assistant Director for Pre-College Student Affairs.

We will notify all interviewees with the results of the interview process. Those selected to move forward in the process will receive an offer letter to be signed and returned within one week of receipt. 

Previous RA or CA Experience?

Students with previous CMU or Pre-College Programs RA/CA experience can receive additional compensation as a Senior Resident Advisor! SRAs have the same application and responsibilities as the RAs but will be held to a higher standard based on their experience level.

Dates of Employment and Compensation

CA Dates of Employment: Monday, June 5, 2023 - Sunday, August 13, 2023

RA Dates of Employment: Sunday, June 18, 2023 - Sunday, August 13, 2023

All RAs and CAs will receive the following as compensation for their work:

  • Stipend
  • Housing (during training and the program)
  • Dining (select meals during training and a full meal plan during the program)