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Summer Positions Available at OASIS

UCSD undergrads, find listings for the available mentoring and tutoring student-worker positions available each summer at OASIS.

Summer 2017 program dates:

  • OASIS Summer Bridge program: August 5-September 8
  • OASIS TRIO SSSP Summer Experience: August 12-19

In addition, you'll need to attend at least one week of staff training before the programs actually begin.

Position descriptions:

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Academic Transition Counselors

The residential life component of Summer Bridge is designed to facilitate the sociocultural adjustment of underrepresented students at UCSD. Academic Transition Counselors (ATCs) make up the foundation of the residential life component.

ATCs conduct one-to-one counseling conferences, facilitate group meetings and discussions, ensure the development of a strong network among students in their suite, and clarify the program structure and philosophy. Academic Transition Counselors reside in the residence halls with their students during Summer Bridge and work full-time for the 5 weeks of the program, plus 1 and 2 weeks of training prior to the beginning of the program.

ATCs are expected to live-in and will be compensated for 40 hours per week, which consists of evening and weekend hours.

During the academic year, Academic Transition Counselors are vital in providing their freshman students with one-to-one, individualized attention and support throughout their first year. ATCs meet 3–4 times a quarter with the students on their caseload working from 6–10 hours per week, continuing to play a critical role in the retention and development of Summer Bridge students at UCSD.

To become an ATC, you must complete EDS 116, a 4-unit course, including the Mentor Practicum, which is offered winter and spring quarters only:

  • The EDS 116 lecture meets once weekly on Tuesdays from 12:30–1:50 p.m.
  • The Practicum meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2–4 p.m.

You must fill out an application in order to participate in EDS 116. Applications are available during Week 5 of Fall and Winter quarters. NOTE: You must be a sophomore or above to take the mentor practicum.

Applications for Academic Transition Counselors are available at the OASIS front desk beginning Week 5 of Spring quarter.

ATCs are paid $13.00/hour during the academic year.

For more information, contact:

  • Mandy Lucas, Summer Bridge Coordinator, (858) 534-4998 or
  • Margarita Lopez, Summer Bridge Assistant Coordinator, (858) 534-3762.

Peer Mentor for TRIO Student Support Services (SSSP)

TRIO SSSP Summer Experience (SE) is designed to help first-year students (freshmen and transfers) to become more acquainted with UCSD to:

  • Succeed instead of just survive at UCSD!
  • Build a sense of confidence!
  • Gain a sense of knowledge and belonging that will help them at UCSD.
  • Meet staff, faculty, and other resources that will help them establish a long-lasting connection at UCSD.
  • Meet current SSSP students.
  • Build friendships with future peer mentors that will aid in their transition process.
  • Belong to a support program until they graduate.
  • Experience cultural events to help them meet other UCSD students

SSSP Peer Mentors help students with a variety of academic, social, and personal concerns during the Summer STEP program as well as during the academic year.

Every first-year student in the program is assigned to a mentor. Mentors will assist the transition of first-time UCSD students, serve as a resource for academic and campus information, and to be an overall advocate for students’ academic and social successes at UCSD.

To become a TRIO SSSP Mentor, you must complete EDS 116, a 4-unit course, including the Mentor Practicum, which is offered winter and spring quarters only:

  • The EDS 116 lecture meets once weekly on Tuesdays from 12:30–1:50 p.m.
  • The Practicum meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2–4 p.m.

You must fill out an application in order to participate in EDS 116. Spring quarter applications are currently available at the OASIS front desk. NOTE: You must be a sophomore or above to take the mentor practicum.

Mentors are paid $12.96/hour during the summer and academic year.

For more information, contact:

  • Berenice Jau, Student Support Services/TRIO Programs Director, (858) 534-3761 or
  • Michelle Lara, Student Support Services/TRIO Programs Assistant Director, (858) 534-6308

Resource Counselors

During the summer months, OASIS Resource Counselors (RCs) provide support to incoming freshman students by helping them navigate the transition from the typical routines of high school to the complex system of the university. RCs are actively involved in preparing students for informed decision-making and planning with regard to academics.

In addition, RCs speak to students on matters concerning scheduling and balancing various learning activities (academic, social, cultural, etc.). They also encourage students to be academically resourceful and assertive in seeking support.

Resource Counselors are key team players in placing freshman students into an OASIS Learning Community (OLC). An OASIS Learning Community is a cohort of students who are taking similar classes and OASIS tutorial workshops together.

OLCs provide students with a network of support during their first year as they transition from high school to the university. Each cohort meets one hour per week in a seminar during the academic year. In the seminars, students have the opportunity to address any transitional issues/ concerns, network and collaborate with peers for study groups, and also learn about helpful tips and the necessary tools to excel at UCSD.

RCs work 20 hours per week beginning mid-July through mid-September. Some RCs who work during the summer may continue to work through the academic year as OLC Seminar Mentors.

Hourly wage: $11.85/hour

Applications for Resource Counselors are available at the OASIS front desk.

For more information, contact:

Contact Assistants

Contact Assistants will be a part of the recruitment team for the OASIS Transition Programs:

  • Summer Bridge (SB) 
  • TRIO Student Support Services Program (TRIO SSSP)

You should have familiarity with OASIS services and personnel, and participation in an OASIS Transition Program (Summer Bridge, and/or the TRIO Student Support Services Program) is preferred.

Employment responsibilities include telephone and e-mail contact and follow-up of new UCSD admits. Such students are considered quintile 4 and 5 students (students from high schools in California that produce the least amount of UC eligible students). This also includes low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities.

Other duties include:

  • Maintain and organize information received from phone contacts.
  • Attend pre- and in-service training sessions.
  • Assist in outreach activites. 
  • Report up-to-date progress to supervisor.

You must be available to work 6–10 hours/week, beginning late winter quarter through early June.

There will be 13-15 positions available for every recruitment cycle.

Hourly wage: $11.85/hour

Interested candidates should visit OASIS Transition Programs to learn more.

For more information, contact:

  • Luis Vargas, Summer Bridge Program Assistant, (858) 534-1480

OLC Mentors

OLC Mentors should have familiarity with OASIS services and personnel, and participation in an OASIS Transition Program (Summer Bridge, the Academic Transition Program, and/or the TRiO Student Support Services Program) is preferred.

Mentors will be working with students from the OASIS Transition Programs:

  • Summer Bridge (SB) 
  • TRIO Student Support Services Program (TRIO SSSP)

OLC Mentors will be expected to:

  • Co-facilitate OLC Seminars with an OASIS professional staff member
  • Facilitate a few of the seminars
  • Help to plan seminars in conjunction with OASIS professional staff
  • Maintain consistent communication with seminar students
  • E-mail/ call students to remind them about seminar related information
  • Communicate with students during and outside of seminars (answer questions etc.)
  • Keep attendance records for seminar
  • Mentor seminar students
  • Other duties as assigned

OLC Mentors will be supervised by Maribel Geronimo. Aside from attendance sheets, mentors will also be responsible for timesheets and other paperwork.

Mentors will work 4–6 hours per week, which includes:

  • OLC time
  • Prep w/facilitator time
  • OLC weekly meetings: Thursdays 9:00–9:45 a.m.
  • Calling/ e-mailing/ Facebook time with students

There will be 8 to 15 positions available every academic year.

Hourly wage: $11.85/hour

For more information, contact:

Contemporary Issues Facilitators

CI Facilitators will be responsible for working with groups of approximately 12-15 students who are enrolled in Contemporary Issues: The University in Society. This course addresses issues related to the educational experiences of students of color, particularly in higher education.

All facilitators will participate in a one week training session where they will be introduced to the Contemporary Issues (CI) course material and strategies for group facilitation. Facilitators will also work with professional staff to develop lesson plans and instructional activities.

During SB, CI Facilitators will work 15-20 hours per week. Responsibilities include:

  • Attending CI lecture (11:00am-11:50am)
  • Preparing for and facilitating group discussions
  • Attending meetings and grading student work
  • Among other instructional duties

Hourly Pay Rates: $14.56 for individual hour; $17.45 for group hours.

Facilitators who can show awareness and sensitivity to equity issues are important to the success of the program. Therefore, facilitators will complete and submit an application and two reference forms, as well as participate in an interview prior to being offered a job.

Applications for CI Facilitators are available at the OASIS front desk.

For more information, contact:

  • Angela Kong, LATS Coordinator & CI 1 Professor, (858) 534-9961

Math and Science Facilitators

The main objective of the math/science component of the Summer Bridge Program is to help students strengthen problem-solving skills necessary to succeed at UCSD.

Facilitators must have a strong background in one of the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Economics

You must provide two letters of recommendation that attest to your subject matter knowledge.

Under the supervision of the OASIS Math/Science Tutorial Program Coordinator, the facilitators are responsible for conducting group sessions, tutoring students on a one-to-one basis or in groups, grading, and other instructional duties. You'll be responsible for a group of 12–15 students.

Math/ Science Facilitators will work morning hours (approximately 8:30–11:30 a.m.), as well as some evening hours for a total of 19 or 19.5 hours per week.

Facilitators and Assistants will be paid at the hourly rate of $14.56 for individual tutoring and preparation. Facilitators will be paid $17.45 per hour for group activities.

For more information, contact:

  • Danika Garcia, OASIS MSTP Coordinator, (858) 534-1469 or
  • Brian Crie, OASIS MSTP Assistant Coordinator, (858) 534-2281

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