Frequently Asked Questions

General Employment Questions

I have worked with SIG in the past; do I need to submit a new application for employment?

Yes. We require a new application from returning staff members to be completed each year with updated information.
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I have applied or interviewed with SIG in the past; do I need to submit a new application this year?

Yes. We require a new application for each program year from all applicants to be considered for employment.
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I just submitted my application. How long will it be before I hear from someone?

Please check your email for correspondence from a member of our staffing team, as that is our main means of communication. SIG hires on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. We receive thousands of applications each summer and are unable to respond to each applicant. You can log in to your account to view your application status at any time.

How long are the summer programs?

Our programs are three weeks long, plus staff orientation. Our programs begin and end at different times during the summer, so there will be at least one that fits your schedule.

Please see the Programs Overview section of the website to learn more about specific programs and dates.

I don’t live near any of the campuses listed. What can I do?

SIG has programs nationwide, including multiple residential programs, where the majority of the positions include room and board. Employees in these positions reside on-campus in the university housing with other staff and residential students, so you don’t need to live near the program location to work there. SIG residential programs also offer non-residential positions (Instructor roles only), as well as day programs with all non-residential positions.

Am I able to choose the location where I will work?

We do our best to accommodate your first and second campus options, as noted in your application and discussed in an interview. If we are unable to accommodate your top choices, we will communicate this during the interview process. SIG will never place you in a program location without your approval.

Can I work at two SIG programs during a summer?

Yes! As long as the orientation and program dates do not overlap, employees are welcomed to work two sessions with SIG this summer. During the interview process, be sure to confirm your intent to work two sessions, and we can look at the campus programs to give you a six-week experience. Employees must attend orientation for both programs. Employees are able to work different positions at different programs.

How do I get to campus?

SIG employees arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from campus. SIG will provide employees with directions, the exact dates, times, and locations to report closer to the start of the program. SIG will also provide on-campus parking information and rates, if applicable.

I am interested in teaching with SIG. Is there a predetermined curriculum for the course?

SIG will provide Instructors with a course outline for each course he or she is teaching. It is up to the Instructor to develop an instructional framework and day-to-day lessons. Instructors do receive a budget for each student in their class that must be approved pre-program.

I would like to apply for an Instructor role. Can I apply to teach a specific course?

You should mention any interests and qualifications in your application, but all course openings will be discussed and determined during the interview process. Instructors are able to teach 1-3 courses per session. All course offerings are listed under the Academics section of a program's page.

Are these paid or volunteer opportunities?

All opportunities with SIG are paid opportunities. Specific salary amounts and pay schedule are discussed during the interview process.

It’s already the summer and I see that the programs have started. Should I still put in an application?

Yes. We hire on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Due to last minute needs, we may still be hiring for positions through August, as needed. We highly suggest submitting an application at any point of the season. However, the earlier we receive your application, the more positions and locations we have available that could match your schedule, skills, and interests.

Who are the students that attend SIG programs?

SIG students come from a variety of learning and educational backgrounds, all who meet the admissions criteria through testing or process of recommendation. Students from all over the United States and globe attend our programs. There are higher international student populations at our residential programs.

My application is incomplete. Can I still be considered for employment?

No, only complete and submitted applications will be reviewed.

SIG Investigators Program

What does a typical day at a SIG day program look like?

7:45 a.m. Extended Day Drop Off (Optional for Staff and Students)
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Regular Drop-Off Time
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. Period 1 Course
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Snack/Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Period 2 Course
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Activity Period
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. Period 3 Course
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Period 4 Course
4:00 p.m. Regular Pick-up Time
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Extended-Day Pick-up Time (Optional for Staff and Students)

Does a SIG Investigators program meet on the weekend?

The day programs do not operate on weekends, although staff are required to attend orientations and student registrations, which are scheduled on Saturdays before the start of the program. Specific program commitments will be discussed during the interview process.

Will I receive training prior to the program beginning?

Yes. All employees are scheduled to attend an orientation and training day. This is held at the program site on a Saturday before the program begins. In addition, staff will have access to their detailed staff manual and webinars pre-campus. Specific orientation dates will be discussed during the interview process.

Is staff housing provided at a day program?

For all Investigator programs, on-campus housing is not provided for any staff members. Staff members will need to provide their own transportation and housing during the session dates.

Will I have time to take an evening or online course, or do any extra outside work during the program?

Non-residential staff members are able to take evening courses or work another job, as long as there are no scheduling conflicts with the SIG program and the outside work does not affect the duties and responsibilities of an employee.

I would like to apply for an Instructor role with SIG, but I can’t commute to any of the Investigator program locations.

SIG also offers multiple residential programs nationwide, with both residential and non-residential positions available. If an applicant is comfortable and experienced with the residential duties and schedule, he or she should apply to work at a residential program, where room and board is provided.

Is lunch provided for staff members at a day program?

Lunch is provided for Program Assistants, Office Managers, Academic Deans, and Directors at the Investigator programs.

SIG Innovators Program

What does a typical weekday at SIG look like?

7:30 a.m. Rise and Shine
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Buffet-Style Breakfast
8:45 - 10:15 a.m. Period 1 Class
10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Period 2 Class
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Buffet-Style Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Period 3 Class
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Period 4 Class
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Recreational Hour
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Dorm Time
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Buffet-Style Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Evening Study Tutorial
8:15 - 9:15 p.m. Evening Activities Program
9:15 - 9:45 p.m. Dorm Time for Junior Students and Junior Lights Out
9:15 - 10:30 p.m. Dorm Time for Senior Students and Senior Lights Out

What are the weekend schedules?

An off-campus trip is planned for one Saturday to a local attraction. Residential staff members will either accompany the students on the trip or be working on-campus. The other Saturday and both Sundays are on-campus activity days or "go-to-town" exploration days for all residential students, facilitated and supervised by staff.

Who resides on campus?

Residential students, as well as the majority of the staff, are required to live on campus. These staff members include Directors, Academic Deans, Residential Life Deans, Student Activities Deans, Housemasters, Counselors, Nurses, Academic Assistants, Administrative Assistants, and Office Managers. Instructors do not live on campus and must commute daily to the program.

Will I have time off during the program?

Within a three-week program, all residential staff are scheduled to have two nonconsecutive days off, with the exception of Nurses. Days off will be assigned by the site administration. Requests for a specific day off are often difficult or impossible to accommodate. Staff are required to work all weekend days and holidays, with time off being scheduled Monday-Friday. All Counselors will also have one class period off each day.

Can I go off campus?

Residential employees are free to spend their scheduled time off as they wish, while still respecting SIG’s Staff Code of Conduct. For safety, staff must sign out if they are leaving campus during a period off or day off. Other than the specific times assigned off, staff are required to be on campus with the students and on duty.

Will I receive training prior to the program beginning?

Yes. Employees are scheduled to arrive to campus prior to the start of the session to attend orientations and trainings. In addition, staff will have access to their detailed staff manual and webinar pre-campus.

When should I report to campus?

Residential employees are scheduled to arrive to campus 1-4 days prior to the start of the session (varies by position) to attend orientations and trainings.

In general:

  • Directors, Deans, Office Manager, Administrative Assistant, Academic Assistant: Arrive 4-5 days before program begins
  • Housemaster: Arrive 3-4 days before program begins
  • Counselors and Nurse: Arrive 2 days before program begins

Specific position start dates will be discussed during the interview process.

Will I have time to take an evening or online course, or do any extra outside work during the program?

As you can see from the daily schedule, residential employees simply do not have the time to take summer courses or work another job during the three weeks of SIG. Instructors are welcome to, as long as there are no scheduling conflicts with the SIG program.

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