Summer Operations Intern

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Galileo Camps

Summer Operations Intern

Arlington Heights, IL
+33 locations
Glenview, IL
Libertyville, IL
Winnetka, IL
Evanston, IL
Oak Park, IL
Chicago, IL
Redondo Beach, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Long Beach, CA
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Glendale, CA
Thousand Oaks, CA
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Burbank, CA
Pomona, CA
Mission Viejo, CA
San Carlos, CA
Sunnyvale, CA
Palo Alto, CA
San Mateo, CA
Brentwood, CA
Fremont, CA
Pleasanton, CA
Walnut Creek, CA
Oakland, CA
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  • Responsibilities

    Are you a college student ready to demonstrate your skills in a job that helps you gain great experience? Love doing whatever it takes and performing a variety of tasks? Want the best summer job? Ever?

    Galileo would not function without Summer Interns. Their ability to switch focus from week to week, day to day, hour to hour and sometimes minute to minute is critical to the successful operation of camp. This role requires a positive, solution-oriented attitude, initiative, flexibility, and exceptional service mentality. Learn more about this role and working at Galileo in our jobs video gallery .

    We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.


    Galileo's mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We know it's bold. We also know that we can't achieve it without asking staff to be role models of an innovator's mindset-visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective. It's not always easy. Camp staffers work hard. Very hard. You can expect days in which there's a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. But part of what makes our culture great is that no one is too proud to complete any task that needs doing. Our camp staffers bring camp magic to life-for campers, and for themselves.

    This isn't your average summer recreation gig. Galileans are expected to take ownership of their own performance and make this place better every day. People with a can-do attitude thrive here and those with a victim mentality don't. We manage to keep this level of performance expectation high in a relaxed environment; we take our work, not ourselves, seriously.

    Being a Galilean means jumping into action to bring camp magic to life. Depending on the day, that could mean creating a gorgeous sign that highlights the Galileo Innovation Approach, donning a tutu for a skit, or playing a board game with two campers to build connection. Galileans know what it means to be a vital part of a team. Galileans want to grow. Galileans like to have fun at work. Galileans love sharing in-and helping to create-joyful experiences. After all, we run summer camps. You get the point.


    Purposeful work in a playful, supportive environment. Plus, you'll join a lifelong community that stands for innovation, credibility, and expertise. We're a certified B Corporation that is ranked #1 on the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, were named one of Forbes' Best Small Companies and a Top 100 Impact Company, and are authentically committed to inclusion and equity company-wide-which includes joyfully upholding a robust financial assistance program.

    Position Description


    • Serve as an ambassador of Galileo, demonstrating our mission and values in a positive and professional manner and acting as a role model of the Galileo Innovator's Mindset
    • Commit to building a safe, child-focused community
    • Demonstrate professionalism and accountability
    • Take initiative to analyze and solve problems
    • Treat others with courtesy and respect
    • Respond to camper, family member and colleague needs
    • Strengthen our relationship with host site by upholding facility policies and embracing host site employees as partners
    • Maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity and confidentiality


    • Support all aspects of camp, especially behind-the-scenes camp operations and programming. Please note, most Summer Interns spent the vast majority of their time on operations and administrative tasks, as opposed to hands- on work with campers
    • Support camper check-in and check-out processes
    • Support morning and afternoon extended care program including check-in, check-out, and leading camper activities
    • Support set-up of, contribute to, and participate in daily opening and closing ceremonies, all-camp activities, and snack/lunch supervision and programming
    • Maintain safe environments for all campers


    • Work closely with camp leadership (Camp Director, Operations Coordinator, and/or Program Coordinators) to complete various administrative duties throughout the day and week
    • Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit for campers, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers
    • Cover for Team Leaders/Assistant Instructors during daily ten-minute breaks, fulfilling their role while they are out
    • Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development goals
    • Provide excellent customer service to families by communicating with a positive, professional and fun attitude
    • Assist with daily set up and clean up of camp and assist Instructors with lesson preparation


    The camp environment is demanding, requiring consistent dedication and work ethic from each staff member. Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment, both professionally and personally.


    • Staff may work anytime between 7:30am and 6pm, Monday through Friday. Number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position and day
    • Staff meetings: During regular work hours before or after the start of programming
    • Before setup days begin, complete between 2-12 hours of online training
    • Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts
    • Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an additional 1-5 hours in your last week of camp, typically some additional hours at the end of the day. On the last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is complete, which could be up to 6pm at the earliest


    The camp day runs, on average, 5-8 hours for Summer Interns. Summer Interns work a variety of shifts depending on camp needs, often supporting extended care. Many Summer Interns' typical schedule is a morning shift (7:45am-1:45pm) or afternoon shift (12:00pm-6:00pm), though others are scheduled a longer day shift (7:45am-4:00pm). Staff requiring a work permit for employment (staff under 18 years of age who have not yet graduated from high school) may not work over 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.


    General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by your Camp Director and/or Operations Coordinator.


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Some lifting and carrying up to 60 lbs.
    • Typing, writing, reading
    • Seeing, hearing and speaking, both nearby and at a distance
    • Use hand and fingers to help with classroom supplies and operate equipment
    • Frequent sitting
    • Standing, walking, kneeling
  • Qualifications

    EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION Upper-level high school student, college student, college graduate, or equivalent experience Demonstrated leadership experience Experience working with kids or in a camp setting a plus Sixteen years old by your camp\u2019s first day of operation, with a work permit valid through August 2020 if under 18

  • Compensation
    COMPENSATION AND PERKS We are committed to competitively compensating staff. Regarding compensation: - Summer Interns are compensated at a regular hourly rate of $13.00-16.00 per hour - Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training rate) for 2-12 hours of online training to be completed before camp, and for 2 days on-site setup/training - Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include health benefits or paid vacation time - Overtime will be paid at 1.5x the regular hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements - Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs made available the Friday after each camp week - Free and/or significant camp discounts (exact details contingent on location)
  • Industry
  • Locations
    Redondo Beach, CA • Santa Monica, CA • Long Beach, CA • Pasadena, CA • Glendale, CA • Thousand Oaks, CA • Woodland Hills, CA • Burbank, CA • Pomona, CA • Mission Viejo, CA • San Carlos, CA • Sunnyvale, CA • Palo Alto, CA • San Mateo, CA • Brentwood, CA • Fremont, CA • Pleasanton, CA • Walnut Creek, CA • Oakland, CA • San Rafael, CA • Mill Valley, CA • Los Gatos, CA • Milpitas, CA • San Jose, CA • Irvine, CA • Carlsbad, CA • San Ramon, CA • Arlington Heights, IL • Glenview, IL • Libertyville, IL • Winnetka, IL • Evanston, IL • Oak Park, IL • Chicago, IL
  • About Us
    Founded in 2002, Galileo has grown to over 100 awe-inspiring summer camp programs throughout the Bay Area, SoCal, and Chicagoland, for which we hire close to 3,000 summer staff each year. Our summer staff teams are a diverse community of leaders—the best and brightest current and aspiring educators, college students, artists, engineers, and scientists who can't wait to dazzle and inspire thousands of Galileo campers for 2-8 weeks each summer.