The Governor's School for International Studies is one of twelve programs established
in State Universities of Tennessee for gifted and talented high school students. The
GSIS typically is conducted on the University of Memphis campus during the month of
There will be approximately 88 students participating in the resident program at
the University of Memphis. Participants are selected by a state wide competition and
will be rising junior and seniors.
Students will be housed on campus, two to a room. Resident Counselors will have a
private room, if space permits.
Resident Counselors (RC) will report for duty on the Thursday before the students
arrive on Sunday. The Governor's School for International Studies provides students
with the opportunity to earn six hours college credit, a stimulating academic experience
and a full range of residential and extracurricular activities,
Each Resident Counselor will be responsible for supervising the residential life of
approximately 8-10 students, and should be able to relate to the academic and creative
life of the Governor's School community. The priorities of the RC are the health and
welfare of the students and the fostering of community within the group. An overview
of qualifications and duties follows:
Twenty years of age or over preferred.
College student or recent graduate.
Applicants with a minimum GPA 3.0 preferred, but other qualified applicants with needed
skills and experience may apply.
Counseling skills to establish rapport with high school students.
Some experience in counseling such as residence hall advisor, camp counselor, water
safety instructor, etc. will be helpful and strengthen your application.
Have international career or interests, e.g. foreign language study, international
studies or international business majors, foreign travel or residence, etc.
Explain, support, and enforce the rules and regulations of GSIS.
General supervision of students in dormitory.
Check in students at curfew nightly.
Participate actively in planning and carrying out student orientation. Attend all
initial plenaries and group meetings.
Meet weekly with the students for whom you have direct responsibility to review the
general problems and responsibilities of group living and deal with specific problems.
Develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with students, initiating contacts, and
stimulating conversation. In order to foster these relationships, all resident counselors
should attend the equivalent of at least three classes a week with the students.
Assist with planning and supervising GSIS students' free time. This requires identifying
the recreational and intramural interests of the students and organizing related activities.
Accompany students of field trips of both academic and non-academic nature. As this
may require driving, a RC should have a valid driver's license.
Provide counseling and advising of students concerning personal and social adjustments
to residential life.
Coordinate check-in and check-out of students at the beginning and end of school.
Be able to tutor students in their "for-credit" classes.
A RC duty roster will be prepared. Resident Counselors will be assigned specific day
and night duties. Although you will not be on duty every day and night, the community
life of the Governor's School is very demanding. Therefore, Resident Counselors may
take a maximum of one class (3 hours.) (Hours outside Governor's School must not conflict
with RC duties.)
1. Salary plus room and board, all entrance fees, etc. for field trips
2. The gratitude of some of the state's brightest high school students
3. A really good credit for your resume
Resident Counselor Application
Resident Counselor Reference Form (Print 3)
Resident Counselor Handbook