FAQs for Summer Resident Assistants (2024)

I was an SRA or RA in the past. Do I still have to apply?

Yes, all candidates apply each summer, even with prior experience.

Do I have to do SRA training if I’ve already done it (or something similar)?

Yes, SRA training is required. Summer Session is different from ResEd and our training outlines our practices and expectations. We also have changes that happen every year to inform our training.

What is a typical day or week like in the life of an SRA?

Every day is different. Some days are busier than others. Each SRA will build their weekly 20-hour schedule with their supervisor. SRAs will serve in a daily on-call rotation from 9pm-2am. There will be weekly staff meetings, 1:1s with their supervisor, and weekly house meetings in many dorms. SRAs will staff program-wide activities and some off-campus excursions. Other activities include dorm-based programming (design, implementation, clean-up, and evaluation), resident questions/support, crisis response, and lockouts. SRAs in the high school program will rotate through curfew check responsibilities at the end of the day and SRAs working with visiting university students will spend time helping them navigate Stanford. It will be an exciting summer with each day varying in responsibilities.

Do SRAs have access to all the dining halls with the meal plan?

SRAs with meal plans typically have access to the open dining halls in the summer. However, open dining locations may vary during summer and access may be restricted per Dining’s policies.

Can I have multiple jobs over the summer, including SRA?

Yes! The SRA role is about 20 hours per week with heavier weekend and evening responsibilities. An SRA could work another part-time position over the summer, taking care to ensure they meet their SRA responsibilities, many of which are assigned at the start of the position (e.g. field trips, on-call shifts, etc.). Other jobs at Stanford, combined with SRA work hours, cannot exceed 40 hours per week. 

Can I take a class over the summer?

Yes! Be aware that the SRA position has heavier evening and weekend responsibilities, which will be important in determining the class/schedule.

When will I move into my summer dorm?

Move in is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

What are the training dates?

In person, synchronous training is June 18-21, 2024. Asynchronous online training may occur on June 18, 2024. Staff are also needed for Welcome Weekend on June 22 and 23, 2024. SRAs are required to attend the entirety of training and staff Welcome Weekend. 

I submitted an application online. What happens now?

Once an application is submitted, it will be reviewed by Stanford Summer Session staff and you will be notified of any updates to your application status within a few weeks. The priority application deadline is 3/13/24; we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis but may close the application at any time. Should you be selected to advance to the next stage of our hiring process, a Stanford Summer Session staff member will contact you directly to set up an interview. Interviews are typically held in April 2024.

What does the interview process for SRAs involve?

Invited candidates will have a 25-minute individual interview. Interviews are in-person on the Stanford campus. There are limited Zoom interviews available over Spring Break.

What are the benefits and compensation for SRAs?

Compensation during the employment contract dates will include pay of $18/hour, housing (private room), dining plan (15 meals/week or stipend, for eligible students), and student fees (housing technology fee and the campus health service fee). All staff are expected to work 20 hours per week. Stanford Summer Session provides a $25/month cell phone stipend (pro-rated), which will be paid via Stanford payroll. Stanford does not reimburse cell phone costs. A Summer Session cell phone is provided during on-call shifts. Summer Residential Assistant (SRA) hourly pay is taxable.

Can I choose between working with the High School and University Level program?

You are invited to indicate a preference in your application. Ultimately, Summer Session staff decide and extend an offer for a specific program.

I’ll be living on campus in Spring 2024. If I get the SRA job, would my housing be covered from spring-summer?

Yes, Summer Session will cover the spring-summer interim housing cost for students living on campus during Spring Quarter. Although you may have to change rooms, housing for weeks 9 and 10 in summer is included for SRAs who choose the option to continue living on campus those weeks; however, Summer Session benefits and compensation is only for the employment contract dates. 

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