Looking to get more involved in Berklee's residence halls? Housing and Residential Education offers a variety of paid student employment opportunities as well as volunteer leadership roles. See the descriptions below to learn more.
Resident Assistants (RAs)
RAs are student staff members in the Office of Housing and Residential Life and members of Berklee's Office of Campus Life. RAs fulfill a vital role in the residence hall system by helping students integrate learning experiences gained from both inside and outside the classroom. The primary function of the RA is to facilitate interpersonal relationships and to create living situations that maximize the opportunities for students to learn and grow.
RAs are full-time undergraduate students and must be enrolled in a degree-granting program each semester, taking no less than 12 credits. They report directly to a full-time professional staff member and are expected to work closely with other staff members within the building as well as across campus. Emphasis is placed on the concept that the RA is an active and integral staff member of the campus community. An RA has a position of responsibility and leadership that extends beyond the immediate scope of their own floor.
RA applications open late in the fall semester and are due early in the spring semester. Visit the Student Leadership Programs page (login required) for information on upcoming student leader information sessions, or reach out to your RA for more information.
Hall council provides Berklee students with a volunteer leadership opportunity that will complement and enhance their experience as artists and musicians during their time in the residence halls. Each area has its own hall council executive board, comprising a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, who are elected to their positions at the start of the fall semester. The students on this board manage a budget, put on events for their communities, and serve as a liaison between the residents and the staff. Students holding hall council leadership positions will learn skills and be exposed to topics such as budget management, collaboration, project management, data collection, global citizenship, and event facilitation. This is the perfect opportunity for students who are looking to become more involved in their residence hall and want to occupy a student leadership role.
The summer RA is a student member of the residential education staff who works in the residence halls roughly 30 hours per week during the summer, assisting with the Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive and additional programs that use the residence halls during this time. Summer RAs are expected to know all of the residents on their floor, serve as a resource for them, and assist with roommate conflicts and academic concerns. Summer RAs must be devoted to helping students learn how to live successfully in the residence halls by enforcing regulations in a fair and consistent manner. They are required to be mature, exercise good judgment, and be able to handle potentially negative situations in a constructive way. Summer RAs will also perform various administrative tasks, such as making reports, performing rounds of the building, issuing supplies, assisting with check-in and check-out, and more.
Summer RAs are chosen during the process for selecting academic year RAs; you can apply for both positions or only one. Summer RA applications open late in the fall semester and are due early in the spring semester. Visit the Student Leadership Programs page (login required) for information on upcoming student leader information sessions, or reach out to your RA for more information.
Student Academic Mentors (SAMs)
SAMs are student staff members in the Office of Academic Advising and members of Berklee's Office of Student Advising and Success in the fall semester. SAMs work within the LENS living learning communities (LLCs) on campus and are supervised by an academic advisor. They work in conjunction with LENS faculty to serve as a supportive guide to ensure that an entering student's academic needs are met. SAMs and the LENS LLC will serve students living in the residence halls by helping to bridge residence hall living environments with the LENS course, which is required for all entering students. SAMs supplement the RA living on the floor by collaborating on programming and providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that delivers quality support services in a caring, personal manner to promote retention and academic success for all students. SAMs are full-time undergraduate students who must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits during the fall semester.
For more information on the SAM role, reach out to Academic Advising.