Martha Guy Summer Institute Program Leaders

Program Leader application materials will open on December 1, 2019 and close on February 7, 2020.                                                                     

The 2020 Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders is a two-week business exploration program for high school juniors. Participants are selected based on interest in business, academic achievement, and involvement and leadership. The program brings participants to ASU's campus where they are introduced to basic business principles and topics, professional development, project work and interaction with business professionals/potential site visits.

Four Walker College of Business students are hired to work with the group as Program Leaders. Together, this team guides the participants through all the program activities, responds to participant needs and interests, and creates a fun, safe and educational environment while serving as mentors and role models.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate majoring within the Walker COB (must be accepted into the Walker COB by May 2020) 
  • May 2020 graduates will be considered as well
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing with the University
  • Valid driver license and a favorable driving record (may be driving out of state)
  • Exhibit significant involvement within the University and/or the Walker COB

Preferred characteristics:

  • Energetic and creative
  • Professional and punctual
  • Cooperative and able to maintain a positive attitude even under stress/fatique
  • Motivated and enjoys helping others
  • Responsible and reliable
  • FUN!

Training is required. The Program Leader team is required to complete 4 training sessions (approximately 2 hours each) throughout the spring semester; meetings usually begin after spring break. Dates are determined by the team and the director.

Program dates are July 19 - August 1, 2020. Program Leaders are required to report to campus the afternoon of Thursday, July 16th, and should plan accordingly. Training will begin promptly at 9am on Friday, July 17th.

Compensation is $1,200 - housing and meals are provided. All travel expenses are paid with the exception of additional snacks or personal purchases during the trip. Business exploration and networking opportunities abound and are an added benefit to being a Program Leader.


At all times:

  1. Serve as a positive role model and mentor for MGSI participants, sharing the importance of education and the attitudes and skills that will enhance the students’ academic and personal success.
  2. Act as an exemplary representative of Appalachian, the College of Business, and the Martha Guy Summer Institute. While doing so, have fun and learn a lot!
  3. Supervise students, ensuring their safety and well being, while making sure all Appalachian policies and procedures are followed.
  4. Monitor, evaluate participant behavior, and redirect when needed.
  5. Ensure that all participants are involved and included to the greatest extent possible.
  6. Follow the Martha Guy Summer Institute Code of Conduct, and consistently support, role model and enforce the Code as well as other rules.
  7. Work together as a team with other program leaders and director, actively communicating with and supporting other staff/team members.
  8. Participate actively in meetings and all MGSI activities.
  9. Work the duration of the Institute (July 17- Aug 1, 2020).
  10. Know the program schedule and be able to keep the participants informed.
  11. Ensure that students participate and arrive punctually to activities and events.
  12. Be responsive and provide assistance with logistical details.
  13. Be ethical and professional.
  14. Communicate, communicate, communicate!

On campus:

  1. Serve “on duty” rotation (CEO for the day), supervising students in the residence halls, on campus and during meals, escorting students to health services (when applicable), facilitating group/hall meetings and assisting with work and errands for the program. Leaders have little time off during the Institute.
  2. Facilitate games and icebreakers to help students learn about one another and develop positive relationships. Leaders especially need to know their group members.
  3. Attend and participate in daily leader/staff planning meetings. Hold daily or nightly group/hall meetings with participants.
  4. Plan evening activities, as majority of work takes place during the evenings.

If there is travel:

  1. Be accountable for your group.
  2. Interact with participants during free time.
  3. Arrive early to meeting and departure points.
  4. Assist with room checks and disbursement of money.

To apply, complete the online electronic application and submit a resume and two recommendation forms, one of which should be completed by a faculty or staff member; the other may be from a personal reference (i.e former employer, neighbor; peers/family will not be accepted). Be sure to provide your cumulative GPA on your resume.

Resume and reference forms may be emailed to, or submitted to the Walker College of Business Dean’s Office (4th floor, Peacock Hall). Forms may also be faxed to 828-262-4049 or scanned and emailed to

The application deadline for last program leader is Friday, February 7, 2020. All supplemental forms and information are due this date as well. Interviews will be scheduled individually for mid February. 

Thank you for your time and interest in the Martha Guy Summer Institute.