Located in the heart of Boston, Emerson College's Summer Conference Program is the best option for groups wishing to combine affordability and a comfortable living experience with an assortment of educational opportunities. The Summer Conference Program is designed to accommodate each conference group's specific housing, dining, security, and meeting space needs.


Summer Conference guests are housed in one of five residence halls, all of which are air-conditioned.

Emerson College is minutes away from Copley Square, the historic North End, and Faneuil Hall. Boston Common and the Public Garden are across the street, and Downtown Crossing is a stone's throw away. All of Boston's sights and sounds are accessible via the MBTA—the Boylston station is steps away.

Interested in hosting your summer conference or program at Emerson? Please complete the Summer Conference Interest Form.


You'll be staying in one of Emerson’s five residence halls. Most of our guests stay in double-occupancy rooms. However, a limited number of singles are available.

Double-occupancy rooms come with two standard-size twin beds, two desks, two chairs, two dressers, and closet space for two people. All rooms have overhead lighting and air-conditioning. You may bring a mini-refrigerator and/or microwave if you wish. Each building has laundry facilities and suites have their own common area and bathroom facilities. You can receive mail and packages while staying on campus.

If you should have any questions during your stay or require any assistance, our full-time staff, including a full-time Summer Conference Director, will be able to assist you at any time.


The Summer Conference Program offers a variety of dining options. Several combinations are available, and each can be fine-tuned to meet your group's specific needs.


The Emerson campus is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a full-time Emerson College Police Department staff. Access to campus buildings is controlled through a front desk. All guests are given identification cards that are used to gain entrance.

Although Boston is a safe city, Emerson College reminds all guests to exercise caution when traveling alone or at night.

Meeting & Classroom Space

The Summer Conference Program provides classrooms, meeting rooms, and social gathering spaces. The Bordy Theater, Beard Room and Gymnasium  are all available to rent during your stay. 

Emerson's classrooms are state-of-the-art, providing students the latest audio, video, and production equipment available. Classroom capacities range from 20 to 80 people.

Student Staff

Emerson College Summer Conferences rely on a dedicated group of student staff members to ensure processes operate smoothly and guests are taken care of.  Student staff are provided housing for the summer in an Emerson College Residence Hall, and have the opportunity to work up to 40 hours a week. Summer Conferences start directly after commencement, and will last until mid-August.  For more information, please contact the Conference Manager, Jennifer Rogers. Applications for the following positions will be available in January via the Student Employment portal.  

All applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted in February.  All decisions will be made and communicated to applicants by Spring Break so that appropriate plans can be made.  There will be a few training dates planned for April, and CA’s and Senior Staff will be expected to move into summer housing on Monday, May 15.

Expected hours: The volume of summer conferences we have on campus varies widely during the summer.  Some weeks may see only 10-15 hours per CA, while other weeks (particularly in July) may see some CAs logging 30+ hours.

Conference Assistant (CA) Job Description

Summer Conference Assistants (CA) are responsible for the daily operations of the Summer Conference Program. The Conference Program brings educational, non-profit, and professional organizations on Emerson’s campus throughout the summer.

Summer Conference Assistants act as representatives of the College and uphold College policy and procedure while welcoming guests to campus. CAs are responsible for checking guests in and out while ensuring that keys and guest info are being properly tracked, preparing rooms for guests (making beds, arranging towels, etc.), sorting linens, addressing lock outs, and reporting and dealing with emergency situations. Additionally, other duties may be assigned based on circumstances precipitated by our guests.

The position requires Summer Conference Assistants to live on campus for the summer, which is provided by Business Services.

Summer Conference Senior Staff Job Description

Note: Applicants for this position must have served at least one year previously as a Summer Conference Assistant.

Summer Conference Senior Staff are responsible for overseeing and helping administer daily operations, including leadership and development of the Conference Assistants, of the Summer Conference Program. The Conference Program brings educational, non-profit, and professional organizations on Emerson’s campus throughout the summer.

Senior Staff act as the direct connection between Conference Assistants and the Business Services office, ensuring that communication and the management of Summer Conferences are smooth at all levels.  Senior Staff supervise CAs throughout the summer, assisting them to complete Summer Conference tasks correctly and efficiently on deadline. Senior Staff interact directly with conference guests and leadership, particularly in situations that require more attention or care.  Senior Staff also have a key role in the handling of emergency situations, and will share on-call responsibilities throughout the summer to address issues that require additional support and attention.

The position requires Senior Staff to live on campus for the summer, which is provided by Business Services.