Become a Summer RA

The Summer Resident Assistants (SRAs), current MIT undergraduate students, will work to develop community and act as a resource for students living on campus over the summer at MIT. This position begins late May and runs until mid-August. SRA Training will take place May 27 - May 28 and is mandatory.

Applications for the 2023 summer session are now live!

Click here to apply

For questions please email


Summer RA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the compensation?

A: Free Room in assigned building


Q: What dates will I be working?

A: End of May to Second Week of August (Anticipated)


Q: I'll be graduating this May. Can I still be a Summer RA?

A: Unfortunately, no. Congrats on graduating!


Q: I am a graduate student/will be continuing at MIT as a graduate student next year. Can I apply?

A: No, graduate students are not eligible to be Summer RAs.


Q: What is the general time commitment?

A: Approximately 10 hours/week (this includes staff meetings, meetings with supervisor, social programs, community walk-throughs, etc.) but this is somewhat flexible depending on the duty schedule or unexpected student concerns.


Q: I want to be a Summer RA, but I can't make the training dates (5/27 - 5/28). Is this possible?

A: All Summer RAs are required to participate in training. If you'll only be missing one day/part of a day, email and we can discuss on a case-by-case basis. Training times will be set largely based on availability of staff.


Q: I know I have plans to go away for a few days this summer. Is that okay?

A: Generally, yes. RAs must submit time away requests at least two weeks in advance and receive approval from their supervisor. If you anticipate trips of more than one (1) week, you would not be eligible. This position is only 10 weeks long, and extended time away would not work well within this role. If you know of commitments now, please share these during your interview process.


Q: I want to live in (specific dorm). Is that possible?

A: You are welcome to share your preferences; however, we do not make any guarantees about placement. All placements are dependent upon staffing needs.