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 staff meetings, counsel students regarding personal and academic concerns, enforce International House Philadelphia policies and community standards, and facilitate community development.

Compensation Package

Each RA will receive a “majority cost of room coverage” compensation package.

Selection Timeline

The application and selection process for Residential Staff positions  begins in April 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 mid-August.  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 Resident Life Office), and are invited to submit a resume and cover letter. Materials and inquiries should be directed to Deborah S. Houda, Associate Director, Resident Life, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, or via email to