The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is seeking applicants to be Youth Program Managers in the summer of 2022 for its High School Leaders Program.

The two-week residential program takes place at the University of Virginia from July 9-23rd.

Desirable qualifications are: effective time management skills; a high degree of organization; the ability to work with high school students in a residential and classroom setting; knowledge of Virginia government and politics; significant peer leadership experience; experience working in a peer-to-peer counseling setting; a good understanding of professionalism; strong written and oral communication abilities; a strong belief in ethical behavior; and excellent human relations skills.

Applicants must be 19 years of age by program start dates. Applicants should also be prepared to bring a personal computer or laptop for their own use, and it would be beneficial for an applicant to have a car.

The regular positions will run from July 5 until July 26. During the program, Youth Program Managers will be required to live in residence with the students every night and work each day, with some half-days off duty. Program Managers will receive room and board with the students during the programs, as well as a university parking pass, in addition to a stipend.

Applications should include: a current resume; a letter of recommendation; three references that may be contacted; and a brief letter explaining why the applicant is interested in the position.

Questions and applications can be directed to Sarah Campbell at or (434) 243-2470. Applications must be submitted by March 18th, 2022 at midnight for consideration. Qualified applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview via phone or Zoom after this date.


  • $2,500 plus room, board, and meals during the program
  • The full-time position runs from July 5 to July 26, 2022.
  • Be in residence at the University of Virginia at all times when students are in the dorms with some time off each week.
  • Assist in the daily operations of the programs - supervise students during the day, be on call certain evenings to assist students, serve as a mentor and guide for students, complete administrative work at the Sorensen office, etc.
  • Travel with the programs on field trips.
  • Advise students in preparation of their culminating project as outlined in program materials. Oversee at least one student research group.
  • Provide administrative support during the program - help with coordination of activities, contact with speakers, development of culminating project groups, evening activities.
  • Coordinate social events for the students in the programs.
  • Provide reasonable assistance to the Sorensen Institute in the recruitment and selection of program participants.
  • Assist in evaluating students completing the HSLP for academic credit.
  • Other tasks necessary for the operation of the programs as requested by the Sorensen Institute's staff.