The DMA Employee Life Cycle
Working with Digital Media Academy during the summer is a blast. Learn about our Hiring Process and get a glimpse of the Employee Life Cycle for our summer staff.
The Hiring Process
Starting in December, applicants who meet our criteria and our hiring needs will be contacted within 1 – 2 weeks to schedule an interview with a Regional Director, HR or a member of our Product Team. Some positions may require multiple interviews or a pre-screening. If we do not have an open position that matches your proficiencies, we may contact you to place you on a waitlist. We routinely have spots open up and waitlisted applicants may end up working a full schedule!
Typically our HR team or Regional Director will email an official offer letter within one week of your last interview if we are able to offer you a position. Teaching assistant candidates may not receive an offer until enrollment is high enough to merit an additional staff member in the course(s) matching the candidates proficiencies. We ask for a response to offer letters within 48 hours. Once the offer is accepted, we will email your hiring paperwork within one week for you to electronically sign, beginning in March 2020. All paperwork must be signed to secure your position. Program staff (Directors, Tech Assistants, Counselors) are required to work for the entire duration of their location’s program, however Instructional staff will receive their list of assigned course weeks in their job portals starting in May. Note: Our email may be flagged as spam or blocked especially if you are using a ‘.edu’ account, so check your junk folder regularly.
“I got hired, now what?”
Our Hiring Process is just the first step in our Employee Life Cycle. Our onboarding process consists of certifications, online training, and on-site orientation, all of which are vital to your success as a DMA staff member.
The DMA Employee Life Cycle
Congrats, you’re hired and are now officially a part of Digital Media Academy! As a new hire you will need to provide proof of CPR/First Aid certification prior to the start of your program. Some locations require additional measures such as fingerprinting or TB testing. You will receive information on these onboarding requirements with your hiring documents.
During the spring, we encourage you to join our private Staff Facebook groups to stay connected. To ensure that each location is properly staffed, we ask you to inform your Regional Director(s) and HR no later than April of changes to your summer availability. Access to online camp training will be available in May. Instructional staff will also need to complete curriculum training and attend course webinars.
Each location will have a camp setup day and a mandatory on-site orientation. By this time, your training and certifications should be complete. Although the summer is busy, we expect all staff to still check emails regularly and complete their exit surveys. We will send out W – 2s and T4s during tax season so please provide HR with an updated address if it changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates for the camp locations?
2020 Camp Locations and Dates
- Stanford: June 15 – August 14
- Austin: June 15 -July 10
- UCSD: June 22 – July 24
- U.Chicago: June 29 – July 24
- UBC Vancouver: July 6 – July 31
- UW-Seattle: July 13 – August 7
- NYU: July 13 – August 21
- Harvard: July 27 – August 21
- GWU: June 29 – July 31
- Meredith: June 29 – July 24
- U.Toronto: July 6 – August 14
Can I apply for multiple positions?
We encourage our staff to apply for any position that fits their interests or career paths. It is our job to help you find your place on the DMA team. We do, however, require different applications for each job category. For example, our summer and corporate staff require two separate applications. You may apply for multiple positions within each category, but if you would like to apply for different teams, you must submit separate applications.
- Instructional candidates (Instructors, TAs) only need to submit one application to be considered for both roles.
- Assistant Directors and Camp Directors only need to submit one application to be considered for both roles.
- Tech Assistants must submit a Tech Assistant application.
- Day Camp Counselors and Overnight Camp Counselors only need to submit one application to be considered for both roles.
I am a returning staff member. Do I need to reapply?
Each employee must “apply” for their desired position. If you are applying for the same position as last year, you will only have to complete some basic information. If you are applying for a position that is different than your prior role, you will have to complete a new application.
I am from a country outside of the US and Canada, can DMA support my Visa?
No. We are not a sponsoring organization of work visas from countries outside our business regions. DMA can only support Canadian citizens who would like to work at our Canadian sites, and US citizens who would like to work at our locations in the United States. Employees with dual Canadian/US citizenship may work in both countries. Digital Media Academy does NOT provide paperwork or support for the visa process.