BEAM Counselor and Teaching Assistant
This summer, change the lives of underserved students with mathematical talent. Be a role model, guide, and friend to your students as they begin their path to advanced mathematics.
More about the program
Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) is a five-year program for underserved New York City students with talent in mathematics. BEAM offers two summer programs: BEAM 6 in the summer after 6th grade, and BEAM 7 in the summer after 7th grade. BEAM 6 is a five-week non-residential program in NYC where students are introduced, often for the first time, to mathematics beyond the standard middle school curriculum. At BEAM 7, students spend three weeks living on a college campus in upstate NY, learning mathematics such as number theory, combinatorics, and astronomy. At both programs, students build a close intellectual community and make friends that will last a lifetime. All of our students attend schools where at least 75% of students receive free lunch. For most of them, programs like this would otherwise be completely out of reach.
We aim to create a life-changing experience for all the students that attend. We expose them to mathematics that they've never dreamed of before. Meanwhile, they'll be in a community of peers, perhaps for the first time, all interested in mathematics, and we'll supplement that social environment with activities, field trips, and more. You can see more about the program's details on this website (just explore the links above).
This is the program's seventh year, and as far as we know, nothing quite like this exists elsewhere. Our experience has been that the program really changes lives and serves as a model for outreach across the country, while expanding the talent pool for mathematics and related fields.
What is the job like?
For the first time, the students at this program will discover that they don't have to be alone to do math. As counselors, it's your job to create the unique social environment at the program and also to provide critical support for the academics. While there are differences between the specific tasks to be done at each program, general responsibilities include supervising students, running activities, and building the social environment. Centrally, counselors also work with students on mathematics, both one-on-one and as assistants in classes, and they are role models to the students, helping them as they adjust to the program and develop their self-identities.
This is a demanding job, but it is also very rewarding. You need to give it your all—but in return, you get the satisfaction of helping kids who will really benefit, teaching experience, and plenty of chances to 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.
- Be at least 18 years old by July 9, 2017.
- Have completed a year of college by Summer 2017.
- Have the mathematical skills and experience sufficient to think on your feet while TAing challenging BEAM classes. (See the pages on BEAM 6 and BEAM 7 for the types of classes taught at each program.)
- Be reliable and take initiative.
- Be able to help kids have fun. (You don't need to be traditionally outgoing if you can engage kids in fun activities, but it helps.)
The main part of the application is a few short-answer questions to help us get to know you. For convenience, we've made this into a webform to fill out. (See button on the right.)
Additionally, please send a transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org. An unofficial transcript is fine—a printout of your grades works well. We're not interested in your GPA as much as we want to see what your background is like in mathematics and related fields. In this spirit, please make sure it included the in-progress classes you are currently taking.
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. However, we strongly recommend you submit your application by February 13, 2017. After that date, we will keep our website updated with availability for the summer. 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 decision from us before the deadline, apply and let us know of your constraints, and we may be able to provide a quicker reply.
Here are some closing words from some of our past counselors:
As a counselor at [BEAM], you're more than just a counselor. You're a role model, a leader and a friend. It's exciting to see how much appreciation students gain for mathematics by the end of the summer, and it cannot be done without the help of influential counselors. - Nerline Hyppolite, Queens College TIME2000 Program
You get to be an integral part of a life-changing program for kids who really deserve it. You also get to work with some of the most caring and talented people I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with. - Victor Bhattacharyya, Harvey Mudd College
[BEAM] has by far been one of the most memorable experiences of my life; to work with a team that constantly manages to teach you something new, to witness how kids handle the complexities of their intellectual and personal lives, to be a part of this massive infusion of creativity, constant energy, noise and drama, friendships and empathy, and a whole lot of edgy math all along, the experience really was, borrowing the phrase from one of the [BEAM] alumni, "somethin' else!" - Siddhartha Baral, Bard College
[BEAM] inspires greatness, opens minds, and changes lives; there's nothing like it. - Ana Portnoy, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
The students are the best part about working at [BEAM]. They are enthusiastic, funny and often very insightful. It is an amazing and rewarding experience to be with the students as they grow and learn as both humans and also as young mathematicians. - Matthew Hirsh, Swarthmore College
[BEAM] is a great place to share your enthusiasm for math. The students are curious, and it is a rewarding experience as a role model to know that you are helping them better themselves. - Yuhui Pang, University of Chicago
We are always available to answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to working with you this summer!
Director of Programs
BEAM 7 Site Director
BEAM 6 Site Director
BEAM 7 Site Director