Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Volunteer and employment opportunities to work with Cornell Upward Bound are available to Cornell students and community members.


Upward Bound volunteers are an integral component to the educational and enrichment services we offer our students. Volunteer opportunities for facilitating tutoring opportunities, providing Cornell transportation, facilitating Saturday Academy programs, etc. are open throughout the academic year.

Work Study

Our work-study students create the foundation of our program facilitation through the Public Service Center’s Community Work Study program. From providing weekly tutoring support, coordinating office synergies, tracking our students for reporting purposes to researching grant opportunities, work-study students have the opportunity to truly experience the logistics and inner workings of a non-profit organization.

If you are a Cornell student with federal work-study available, you could qualify for paid employment opportunities with Upward Bound.


Annually, Upward Bound hosts a six-week summer program designed to provide students with the total educational experience including social, cultural, academic, and intellectually developmental activities.

Teaching Staff

For each six-week session, Upward Bound employs New York State certified teachers as visiting lecturers to the Cornell campus to help facilitate and teach academically rigorous classes for our rising juniors and seniors. Specific course offerings can change from summer to summer, but include instruction in 4 core subjects: Math, Laboratory Science, English/Language Arts, and World Languages.

Tutor Counselors

Our Summer Tutor Counselors provide personal, academic and developmental support to our participating students throughout the entire summer session. Each summer we seek to hire motivated college students invested in making a difference in the lives of our Upward Bound scholars. Applicants for the Tutor Counselor position must have completed their sophomore year of college and it is preferred that they have had a valid driver’s license for at least 3 years. The 2019 Summer Program Tutor Counselor position description can be found here.


This summer of 2019 Upward Bound has an exciting opportunity for a Finance and Administration Internship. This person will possess a background in relevant experience or coursework in ILR, AEM, Hotel Administration, or Business minor and be seeking hands-on experience in education, public service, non-profit, and grant funded programs. The Finance and Administration Internship will be a crucial member of the office team, responsible for assisting all aspects of program administration, human resources, and budget creation/management, purchasing, and other financially related tasks to contribute to the effective and compliant operation of the six-week summer program. The 2019 Finance and Administration Internship position description can be found here.

Night Counselor

During the Residential portion of our program, Upward Bound employs one Night Counselor to provide overnight, awake supervision from 10:30 pm to 6:30 am. Applicants must possess the ability to stay awake through the entire shift, and be comfortable addressing any issues that arise.

For more information about either volunteer or employment opportunities within Upward Bound, please contact Liz Millhollen, Assistant Director Upward Bound.