BEAM 6 Junior Counselor

BEAM Alumni are invited to give back by working at BEAM's new program for students the summer after 6th grade, right here in New York City.

More about the program

BEAM 6 is a new program for students who are between 6th and 7th grade.  We want to help prepare younger students for BEAM's academics and give them a chance to study math beyond school math from a younger age.

BEAM 6 will be a lot like the program you attended as SPMPS, although it is a day-program here in NYC and not a sleepaway program.  Students will take classes (where you'll be a teaching assistant) and go to activities (that you'll help lead), just like at SPMPS/BEAM 7.  They'll make friends for a lifetime, learn for the first time what math can be, and see themselves in places they never imagined.


We hope that you'll be able to come back to BEAM and be a part of this new program!

Junior Counselors

As Junior Counselors, you'll work with college student Counselors to make BEAM 6 a reality.  It's your job to create the unique social environment at the program and also to provide critical support for the academics.

Your role includes:

  • Making everyone feel welcome and watching out for their happiness.
  • Running one activity each weekday for students at camp. (Sports, games, dancing, art, theatre, quiet reading time, watching a movie, baking a cake... everything is fair game.)
  • Assisting weekday classes by working with students individually and in small groups.
  • Meeting students at a subway stop near their home and both bringing them to the program and going home with them at the end of the day.  This will happen Monday-Saturday. 
  • Supervising Saturday field trips.
  • Communicating promptly and responsibly with other counselors and staff members.
  • Above all, being a role model to inspire the students and telling them they should apply to BEAM 7 next year!

This is a demanding job, but it is also very rewarding.  A typical schedule might look something like this:

7:15am-8:15am - Meet a group of students at a subway stop near their home and bring them to campus.

8:15am-8:30am - Breakfast with the students.

8:30am-9:30am - TA your class.

9:35am-10:35am - Break.

10:40am-11:40am - Run an activity for students.

11:45am-12:15pm - Lunch with students.

12:20pm-1:30pm - Study hall; help students with their mathematical work.

1:30pm-2:35pm - Break.

2:40pm-3:40pm - Break on Monday/Tuesday/Friday; second Study Hall on Wednesday and Thursday.

3:40pm-4:40pm - Bring your group of students back home.

You'll be able to express preference about when you TA and run activities and when you take breaks. 

In addition, Saturday field trips will last a few hours and allow you to experience purely social time with the students.  Saturday field trips will meet later in the day, at 9am or later.  Right now, our plans are to go to a WNBA game at Madison Square Garden, to rent out a movie theater for a movie, and to take a sightseeing cruise around NYC.

Playing board games

During the program, you will help a lot of kids, gain teaching experience, and learn some new math yourself. You'll also get the chance to be part of a tight-knit team, and you will be a critical part of shaping what the program looks like.  You will have the full responsibility of a counselor, although counselors will be in charge for supervising off-campus trips.

Additional Details

The program will run for four weeks, from July 11 to August 5. In addition, there will be a day of training and setup on July 8, which will run for eight hours, and a day of wrap-up and take-down on August 6.

The salary for the summer is $1750. You will be provided with a 30 day MetroCard. In addition, you will receive breakfast and lunch each weekday at the program, along with at least one meal during Saturday field trips. We especially hope that you'll see the program as we do: a way to give back and help some students who will grow into incredible individuals.


You must:

  • Be at least 16 years old by July 11, 2016.
  • Be enrolled in high school this year.
  • Have attended BEAM/SPMPS in middle school.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States: you must be a citizen, permanent resident, or have DACA.  (But talk to us if something else applies.)
  • Be able to get working papers from your school.
  • Like math and be able to explain it to students (in particular, why things are true, not just a memorized procedure).
  • Be reliable and take initiative.
  • Be able to help kids have fun. (You don't need to be very outgoing if you can engage kids in fun activities, but it helps.)

Please note that we do not arrange housing for this program, so you must have housing in New York City.  If you don't live in New York, then we hope you'll come back for BEAM 7 when you're in college!

In class

Should I do this?

If you are already enrolled in an academic program for this summer, we think you should do that instead.  If you're going to Carleton, or a math program, or have an internship at a tech company, or you're doing All Star Code, you should stick with that plan.  Those programs will help you grow academically and you shouldn't give up on those opportunities.

If you don't have other plans, though, we hope you'll join us!  You'll have a great summer (although you'll work hard), and you'll learn a lot, too.  It will also help with your college application!

The Application

The main part of the application is nine short-answer questions. We've made this into a webform to fill out.

Additionally, please send a high school transcript to An unofficial transcript is fine—a printout of your grades or a photo of your report card works well.  You can apply even if your grades aren't that good right now.

We are going to take applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner we can schedule an interview and get you a response. If you are unsure of your summer plans, we encourage you to apply early and then work out the details with us afterwards. If you need a quick decision from us, apply and let us know of your constraints, and we may be able to provide a quicker reply.

Make sure to check your e-mail regularly for a reply, because that is how we'll send your interview invitation and hiring offer!


You know us, of course, and like always we're happy to answer any questions you might have. It will be really great to work with you this summer!


Lynn Cartwright-Punnett
Director of Programs and Development

Daniel Zaharopol
Executive Director