Challenge Counselor

Challenge Counselors
OMED: Educational Services welcomes students with a passion for supporting student success at Georgia Tech to serve as Challenge counselors for the 2017 Challenge Program. The Challenge Program will be held from June 24-July 28.       

Challenge is OMED’s signature bridge program. It is a five-week, intensive program that is held every summer for incoming Georgia Tech freshman. In Challenge, students are immersed in the Georgia Tech environment; they live in a freshman dorm, take classes provided by Georgia Tech professors, and participate in social and academic workshops provided by upper-class Tech students.

Challenge counselors are a significant part of the Challenge program. Challenge counselors reside in the dorms with Challenge participants. Counselors serve as role models, peer mentors, campus success coaches, and assistants to OMED staff throughout the Challenge program.  Qualified student are invited to apply.


Job Title: Challenge Counselor

Reports To: Dr. Sybrina Atwaters – Assistant Director, Outreach Initiatives


  • To serve as a role model and a source of information for all Challenge participants.
  • To assist these students in meeting all academic goals deemed necessary by Georgia Tech, OMED, and each student jointly (including financial, social and other goals that positively impact the student’s performance).
  • To assist OMED in gathering and disseminating information.
  • To assist OMED staff in regular office duties.


  • Must maintain student confidentiality.
  • Must be available and accessible to OMED and Challenge’s full responsibilities from May 8, 2017 to August 1, 2017.
  • Make a commitment to earn a semester GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Provide perspective and matriculating Georgia Tech freshmen with accurate and vital information about academics and the Georgia Tech environment and experience.
  • Must be familiar with Georgia Tech’s Academic Honor Code.
  • Attend all meetings designed by the supervising OMED staff member.
  • Be knowledgeable of individual student situations in order to assist in the proper coaching of students (each coach is at the least responsible for the specific freshmen students that are assigned to him/her).
  • Be knowledgeable of all Georgia Tech & OMED policies and procedures (general in nature).
  • Assist in the coordination, planning and execution of all OMED program events.
  • Monitor student development and report all occurrences in students’ lives that you deem an emergency situation to the appropriate OMED staff member.
  • Carry out tasks as outlined by supervising OMED staff member within the given time period
  • Maintain continuous communication with the OMED Partnership.
  • Adhere to the training and the policies of OMED’s Program.


  • Must have at least a 2.8 GPA at the end of Fall Semester 2016.
  • Must be an enrolled student at the Atlanta campus.
  • Must be student success oriented.
  • Must have initiative and a strong desire to assist his/her fellow classmates academically.
  • Must be pleasant, enthusiastic, and have a genuine concern for other student’s success as well as the success of OMED and the CHALLENGE and EDGE Programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or peer mentoring experience.
  • Must be able to function in a TEAM environment assuming various roles.
  • Must be able to apply your full attention on the job during duty hours.


  • *Housing for the Summer 2017 semester
  • *$2,000 Stipend for Summer  (paid bi-weekly over the employment period)



**Daily and Evening hours, as well as weekend hours.

For more information on the Challenge program, go to