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Cambridge Student Assistants

Each summer we employ a team of current University of Cambridge undergraduate and graduate students to help run the Summer Programmes. Our Cambridge Student Assistants have extensive knowledge of the University, the Colleges and the city, and will act as your first point of contact.

During the day, CSAs are based in the Summer Programmes office registering students, dealing with queries, assisting lecturers, setting up teaching rooms, stamping attendance cards, helping the permanent team to deliver the programmes and accompanying students on visits and weekend excursions.

CSAs are assigned to work in pairs with a specific College and will be present at meals and on hand to liaise with College staff.

These rewarding roles are key to the smooth running of the programmes and provide an excellent opportunity for University of Cambridge students to gain experience working for the University, improve both communication and customer service skills and acquire key expertise useful for their future careers.

If you are a University of Cambridge undergraduate or graduate student interested in these roles contact us for more information:

The closing date for applications is Monday 25th February.

Two previous CSAs, Hannah and Kaitlin, tell us more about their experience of working for the Summer Programmes:

CSA Testimonials


The best element of being a Cambridge Student Assistant was the diversity of people I met and worked with. Working in our team was a fun opportunity to meet students from different Colleges and stages of their Cambridge degree, and I have left with lasting friendships. Meeting the lecturers, speakers and students was also a highlight. At closing dinners and talks, we had the opportunity to chat with inspirational researchers and it was good to discover Cambridge again with students from across the globe.


Working for the International Summer Programmes has been an interesting and enriching experience. I have met people from all over the world and learned about everything from the NHS to naval communications in America, to the size of moose in Alaska!

One of the best parts of the job has been working with adult students, because that affords a different level of interaction with students. In this programme, you take on the role of facilitator rather than taking on the role of guardian.

This job has also helped me immensely with my customer-service and communication skills. I have learned how to handle myself in demanding situations and have developed the ability to deal with confidential matters with tact and empathy.




The University's International Summer Programmes are an embodiment of our mission 'to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence'.

Professor Graham Virgo QC (Hon), Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

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