Event Staff June / July 2022 (Grandparents University Student Counselors )

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Hourly Rate:  $15.00 per hour


Be apart of a great tradition at UW – Madison! The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is looking for 25 Grandparents University® (GPU) student counselors to start on June 15th!  GPU student counselors are ambassadors of WFAA and UW-Madison. They lead participants to campus locations and are available to offer general assistance to participants and GPU instructors. Student counselors are with participants during the entire program and capture many of the program’s great moments on camera.  


Grandparents University® (GPU) is an award-winning program that was started on the UW-Madison campus in the summer of 2001. At GPU, grandparents and their grandchildren come to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to take part in the Badger experience complete with staying in a campus residence hall, walking around campus, going to class and participating in engaging and hands-on activities, and earning a GPU degree.  Check out this video about GPU program:  https://youtu.be/T2ipbN4boVk  






GPU 2022 Training & Program Dates:



Initial Training: Wednesday, June 15th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

GPU Instructor and Student Counselor Meeting – Wednesday, June 22nd, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Final Training- Wednesday, June 29th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.



Session I: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 13-15

Program Prep: Wednesday, July 13th Hours 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. includes lunch

Thursday Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Friday Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. includes breakfast and lunch


Session II: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 20-22

Wednesday, July 21st Hours: 3-6pm

Thursday, July 22nd Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Friday Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. includes breakfast and lunch


Session III: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 27-29

Wednesday, July 27th from 3 – 6 p.m.

Thursday Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Friday Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. includes breakfast and lunch


From June- July, 2022, each counselor will have a total of ~70 hours.


Primary Responsibilities

Event Duties:

  • Participate in all meetings and training.
  • Assist with move-in and set up.
  • Assist with program check-in at the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
  • Lead or accompany groups of participants to campus locations.
  • Know the program schedule and details.
  • Be knowledgeable about the GPU program, from program registration to post event photos and evaluation.
  • Take meaningful, interactive pictures (digital cameras are provided).
  • Distribute snacks and drinks at break time in the major, clean up when finished.
  • Keep the GPU home base well organized.
  • Assist GPU instructors, program manager or coordinator as needed.
  • Facilitate planned Thursday evening activities.
  • Lend general assistance and customer service when needed.
  • Organize the grandchildren for the graduation ceremony.
  • Be an ambassador to the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.
  • Make sure all participants are safe and having a great time!

Requirements and Qualifications

Who You Are:

  • Strong verbal communication skills are required.   
  • High analytical skills, language, reasoning ability and problem solving.   
  • Completed some college coursework and currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is preferred.
  • Familiarity of the UW-Madison campus, preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in event planning and execution, summer camps, retail or service industry are all helpful.   
  • Ability to prioritize and work with a high degree of independence; ability to work well as part of a team; high degree of customer service skills; excellent analytical and interpersonal skills, including ability to express all appropriate information clearly and concisely, whether written or verbal; ability to manage several projects simultaneously.  
  • This is a very active position. During set up and execution, this position will be mostly on their feet with lots of walking and moving around. Candidates may need to be able to lift and carry up to 20 pounds.    


The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer *The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (advanceuw.org) is the “doing business as” name of the merged organization comprising the University of Wisconsin Foundation (supportuw.org) and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (uwalumni.com). Its legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation. 


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