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11 Options for Working on Campus

February 7, 2018

Finding a job can be hard as a college student, but luckily there are plenty of opportunities to work on campus.


Many students want to find part-time work while at school. Some will travel off campus to find work, but there are plenty of places right on campus to get a job.


Food service. You have probably seen students working in the dining hall on campus. It’s usually fairly easy to find a job here because the cafeteria is open for a large portion of the day. They are always looking for more students to work as class schedules change and shift.


Resident Assistants. You’ve interacted with your RA before dozens of times, but have you ever considered being one yourself? If you have strong interpersonal skills, you could be a great RA. It’s pretty common to get a discount on your room and board price as part of the perks as well.


Tech office. Are you pretty technology-savvy? You could work in the IT office on campus! If your major is tech-related (or if you just want to pick up some new skills), this could be a good opportunity for you to learn by working under IT professionals, helping students (and professors) with computer problems, or managing audio and visual cues for events.


Tour guides. Do you really love your school? High schoolers will come to your campus year-round to visit the school as they try to make decisions about college. Having an enthusiastic tour guide can make or break these tours. Contact your admissions office to see if they have any openings for tour guides who are honest, cheerful and full of school spirit.


Office assistant. There are a lot of offices on campus, from the business office to financial aid to various other departmental offices. Sometimes they need a person just to answer the phone or manage schedules and do other administrative tasks. This can be an easy way to earn some money while also getting to know some of the staff better.  


Tutoring. Are you really skilled in a particular subject? You could get a job as a tutor! You might help students with homework, help them prepare for an exam, or work on strengthening their writing skills. Lots of campus libraries organize tutoring programs around finals week, so you could work on a short-term basis to pick up some extra cash as well.


Mentoring. On my campus, there were several paid positions available that included mentoring either high school students in the area or underclassmen. This job could include meeting with your mentee once a week or grabbing dinner or coffee with them consistently. If you have a listening ear and love people, check out this rewarding job.

Admissions. The admissions office talks to high school students all year long. Many schools employ current students to make calls to prospective students. College kids can relate to being in high school and figuring out college decisions, so they are sometimes better at making those kinds of calls. This job often includes working during the evening when students are home from school.


Coffee shop. Your campus most likely has some kind of coffee shop/café that offers dining options outside of the cafeteria. You could get paid to make drinks, scan student’s cards, make sandwiches/other food, and clean tables. 


Desk jobs. Some places like the library or gym on campus just need a person to be present for general management. Maybe you sign students in at the gym. Maybe you check out books at the library. These kinds of jobs involve sitting at a desk and doing some general population management. Lots of times your manager won’t care if you do homework at the desk either, so you’ll get some study time in!


Teaching Assistant. You have most likely had a TA in at least one of your classes. I worked as a teaching assistant for two years in college, under one of the history professors in the department. Usually the professor you work under will have several general education courses that they teach with a large number of students in them. I graded papers, proctored an exam or two, guided discussion groups, and was generally available both to any student who felt like they needed some help in the course and to the professor for whatever tasks he needed done.


Working on campus eliminates the need to commute anywhere. It also means that your employer is very aware of the fact that you are a student, and is more likely to be understanding of how precious your time is. There are plenty of work options for students who are talented in all kinds of areas, so ask around! 


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