Advanced Summer Program for students age 11-14
who show high promise and love mathematics

Instructions for New Applicants for Counselor Positions at MathPath 2017

(Previous counselors who might like to return should contact to find out what new information, if any, is needed to reapply.)

To apply, you must be a student studying mathematics at a college or university. Preference is given to undergraduates. Also, you must either

  1. be a US citizen,
  2. hold a US Resident Alien card, or
  3. possess or obtain at your own expense a US work permit that does not expire until after the last Sunday of July.
Also a functioning laptop and cell phone are essential for the job.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability in and excitement about mathematics, including mathematical puzzles and games
  • Interest in, and talent for, working with very bright young kids, effective at enforcing rules while being a mentor and role model
  • Maturity, responsibility, and high moral character
  • High energy level, including early in the morning (student wakeup is 7am and earlier)
  • Punctuality
  • Non-smoker

The Employment Application

An Application consists of a Cover Letter, a Resume, and three letters of recommendation. You submit the cover letter and resume (see how below); the recommenders submit separately.

Cover Letter
In one or two pages, tell us why this position appeals to you, what you hope to accomplish during the program, and what in your background you feel particularly qualifies you.

The Resume
The resume should contain the following:

Your contact information: name, permanent and present mailing addresses, telephone number, email address, skype or other video conferencing address (if any).

Education: Names of primary and secondary schools attended – including their location (city/town and state suffices). Name of college/university that you are presently attending. Transcript or list of all courses and grades for this academic year and last. If applying in the fall, list intended courses for the rest of this academic year.

Mathematics Activities: What have you done in mathematics outside of courses and have you received special recognition for it? For instance, have you read math books on your own; participated in a Math Circle or summer program; done independent study or research; or succeeded at a high level in mathematics competitions?

Other Activities: Describe any work you have done with children, with middle school students, and with high school students. Describe briefly all camps you have attended and when you attended them.

References: Include the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of your recommenders.

How and When to Submit
Submit your Cover Letter and Resume together by email to both Kip Sumner, Camp Director <> and MP Academic Assistant <>. The application deadline is February 15, 2017, for first round selection. Applications may be submitted any time before then.

Choose three individuals who have either seen you in a work situation or worked with you. One of these should be one of your high school math teachers, and another should be one of your math professors. If you have already worked with young kids, include among your recommenders someone who has supervised you in this capacity. Be sure to make clear to the recommenders the special nature of our job, combining both mathematical and camp counselor skills. We suggest you send them these instructions:

<Your Name> is applying to be a counselor this summer at MathPath. The job entails working for a month with middle school aged kids who show exceptionally high promise in mathematics. Much of the job is traditional camp counselor work, requiring good judgment about kids, but in addition the applicant will be expected to interact mathematically with the campers and with the instructors and to take the opportunity to learn more mathematics by attending classes with his/her campers. More about the program can be found at

Would you be so kind as to write us, describing how the personal qualities of the applicant are suited to such a job?

Please send your note, as an email or email attachment, by February 15 to both Kip Sumner, Camp Director <> and MP Academic Assistant <>

Application Etiquette
Many counselor applicants will be applying for many other jobs and summer programs. It is good etiquette, and helpful both to us and to all applicants, if you all keep us informed of the status of your other applications. If you are offered a job you prefer to ours before we give you a decision, please contact us promptly to withdraw. If you are offered a job you don't prefer to ours before we give you a decision, but don't wish to be left jobless if you turn it down and then we turn you down, please contact us; we may be able to expedite our decision. If we give you an offer while you are still waiting for an offer you would prefer to ours, let us know promptly upon receipt of our offer; we may be able to extend the time we give you to decide (no promises). In any event, we will start making offers by March 1 and will keep making them on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. We anticipate hiring at least 10 counselors.

Questions? If you have any questions about the job or the application process, best to ask them before applying. Email

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