If you are a returning student, you may want to consider developing your leadership strengths and professional résumé by applying for a position as a Counselor-in-Training for our upcoming session, July 1 to July 8, 2018.

CIT Xavi Boluna (center, in grey T-shirt) takes part in a field trip to SurveyMonkey in Palo Alto during NBTB 2015. Photo by Jordan Tichenor.

CIT Xavi Boluna (center, in grey T-shirt) takes part in a field trip to SurveyMonkey in Palo Alto during NBTB 2015.

As a CIT, you’ll attend morning classes in our advanced Year 2 strand, where you’ll develop your multimedia and editorial skills, meet guest speakers in master classes, go on field trips with other Year 2 students, and talk to editors about how to pitch and place stories in the real world.

In the afternoons and evenings, you’ll assist program staff in setting up reporting opportunities and field trips, feeding our Facebook, Twitter and other social media streams, keeping track of equipment, meeting and dining one-on-one with our guest speakers, and organizing camp activities such as our closing talent show/multimedia showcase.

We think of CITs as our eyes and ears — the students who are listening most closely to what other students are saying. From comforting someone who’s homesick, to organizing ice cream expeditions or nighttime basketball games, you’ll be the one who other students look to for how to enjoy camp and have fun.

Left to right: Counselors-in-training Hailey Waller, Teagan Sebba and Mary-Kate Engstrom help students check in during the 2012 session of Newsroom by the Bay.


This program is for exceptional returning students who have spent their time since their NBTB experience building their journalistic skills, including creating and publishing using WordPress, social media, photo and video, and mobile media. We also look for returning students who have demonstrated leadership experience and the ability to work flexibly in a group setting. We have a limited number of CIT positions available. Applications are competitive.

Fees and discounts

Residential CITs pay a discounted program fee of $1,095, including housing, dining, field trips, iPad rental and all other student materials; commuter CITs pay $500. CITs who end the program in good standing will receive a written recommendation from the camp directors, to be used for college applications or for future employment. We also consider the CIT program to be a pipeline for future hires, so we will give preference when hiring team leaders to students who have worked as CITs and are thus familiar with all aspects of our program. For example, Brooke Stobbe was a counselor in 2011 and returned in 2012 and 2016 as a team leader; Casey Miller attended NBTB 2013 and returned as a CIT, then a program assistant and finally a team leader in 2016 and 2017, including leading our “Worlds Apart” pop-up project on homelessness in San Francisco.

How to apply

If you’d like to be considered for a CIT position, please click here and fill out our application. You’ll also be asked to send us a 500-word essay that answers this question:

How will you help us build a better NBTB in 2018? What did you learn last year, and what do you think we can do better as a program? What specific positive changes would you suggest? What special talents or skills can you bring to our team?

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018.

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  1. […] you’re a returning student and you’re interested in becoming a counselor, please click here for a description and an application for our Counselor-in-Training/Assistant Editor program. […]


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