Become an RA

RA Application

Become a Resident Advisor at International House 

Resident Advisor

Minimum Position Requirements

Must be continuously enrolled and remain in good academic standing in an institutionally-sponsored program (graduate program strongly preferred), research initiative, or other scholarly pursuit. Previous residential life, student affairs, or international education experience strongly preferred.  Competency in a foreign language is also desired but not required.

Basic Position Requirements

Residential Advisors provide frequent and meaningful interaction with a diverse student population in a variety of settings. Each RA oversees a residential living area of 42 students. Staff members will participate in on-call rotations, respond to crisis situations, attend weekly staff meetings, counsel students regarding personal and academic concerns, enforce International House Philadelphia policies and community standards, and facilitate community development. Further, each staff member will collaborate with other IHP departments in areas such as programming, marketing, development, alumni relations, and facility operations.

Residential Advisors also have the opportunity to interface with organizational leaders, faculty, and staff from a variety of universities, as well as represent International House Philadelphia in the greater community.

Compensation Package

Each RA will receive a “majority cost of room coverage” compensation package; paying $50 per month for their room rental fee. The value of the room compensation is $840 (based on the long-term room rate for a single room with shared bath and kitchen). Each month, the RA (occupant) will be billed $50.00 for room rent, which must be paid by the 10th of each month.

Selection Timeline

The application and selection process for Residential Staff positions  begins in May of each year.  The Residential Staff contract begins in August and runs through June 1 of the following calendar year. All RAs must be available for the entire Fall training session in late August.  All candidates are also encouraged to attend Staff Selection Information Sessions at IHP. Those who cannot complete the entire training are not eligible to apply.

Contact Information

Qualified candidates should submit a completed Resident Advisor application (also available at the International House LEAD office), and are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references for review. Materials and inquiries should be directed to Deborah Sara Houda, Leadership and Community Center Manager, International  House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, or via email to