Counselors-Volunteers - Energy Center - Purdue University



Student counselors

Counselors for our program will include Purdue junior/senior-undergraduate and graduate students who are studying STEM related disciplines. Counseling in this program is stimulating, challenging and rewarding, and provides a unique opportunity to gain experience learning about energy, interacting with the high school students as well as teachers. The live-in setting also provides a rich environment for developing interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and exploring self-growth.

Shifts/Time commitment

Day and night shifts are available. Day shift runs from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and the night shift is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am. Free room and board for the week of the Academy is also provided.

All counseling positions/responsibilities begin with mandatory weekly planning/training sessions from late March, 2018 at Purdue's main campus. These sessions are designed to make counselors more familiar and engaged with the program. They are usually 1-2 hours long and are scheduled for after class hours.


During their shifts, counselors are expected to participate in all activities in-town and out-of-town during the one week program. Counselor duties begin with student check-in by 12 noon on June 17 and ends only when the last student in their counseling group leaves for home, around 2:00 pm, on the final Saturday (June 23). Please download the comprehensive list of counselor duties and expectations here: Counselor Duties and Expectations.


Counselors will be paid a base salary of $650 for their services during the week of the academy. Additionally, hours spent in planning/training sessions and other activities relating to the academy (e.g. helping to design hands-on activities, projects) will be compensated at $10/hr.

DEAP Counselor Callout Presentation

If you are not available from March 19 to June 17 and also unable to be present all days, from June 17-23, 2018, please do not apply.

Applications are due April 9th, 2018

Purdue University is an equal opportunity employer

Counselor application is now closed CLOSED.

Sample Application

Week of Material for Couselors

Counselor Daily Report

Counselor Hours Log

Counselor Photo Upload


The volunteer position is non paid, but with more flexibility relative to the student counselor position. Volunteers work with academy officials, student counselors and participants in the following activities: registration, inauguration/closing ceremony, hands-on activity, group projects, and other miscellaneous activities.

Volunteers will also be eligible to receive academy materials/souvenirs and meals will be provided during active sessions.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Sample Application 

For past participants that would love to volunteer, please contact us at

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