Students looking for work experience and a way to make money on campus will find that there are dozens of student jobs currently available.
The student employment page on the UP website showcases a variety of positions ranging from barista and cashier to an intramural sports coordinator or a pilot express driver.
Jobs like Pilot House staff and athletics social media assistants are hourly and pay a minimum of $14.50 an hour, while others are paid through stipends. These positions include jobs at The Beacon, The Log Yearbook and Student Government (ASUP). Payment within scholarships often varies by position. ASUP Board members who are elected positions receive an annual stipend of $6250.
The Beacon spoke to 3 students about their experiences working on campus.
Nursing major Anna Carroll, ’25, has been working at the Pilot House as a front-of-house server and cashier since last year, earning minimum wage. She’s found it gives her a much-needed break from her busy schedule.
“I do a pretty straightforward job, so it’s not too difficult, but it gets tiring,” Carroll said. “At the same time, I like coming to work so I can forget about schoolwork.”
Carroll thinks the job is a good fit because the flexible schedule fits in well with her class schedule. As Pilot House is understaffed at the moment, they are looking for more student workers.
Although it can be intimidating to work in a place with so many students going, Carroll eventually came to appreciate being able to see friends and classmates that she wouldn’t otherwise see.
“If there are a few people that I haven’t seen in a while or that I don’t see outside of class, I can have a little conversation with them when I see them walk in,” Carroll said.
Pilot House is hiring both front and back of house staff. Front-of-house staff take orders and deliver food, while back-of-house staff work in the kitchen.
For any student interested in the culinary industry, or even just a student interested in customer service experiences, Pilot House can act as a stepping stone in that direction.
Sports medicine writer and assistant
Ava Tietze, a sophomore nursing major, works for UP’s sports medicine department as a scribe and assistant. She earns minimum wage by helping coaches with their treatments and working with doctors and medical staff when they evaluate student athletes.
The only time nursing majors get hands-on experience in the medical field while at UP is when they begin clinical trials, but this job gave Tietze that opportunity. As she gains experience, her work schedule will adjust to her schedule.
“The campus job is really fun,” says Tietze. “It’s very unique and I get to have real clinical experience and see injuries in person and see the diagnosis,” Tietze said.
The athletic training room is still hiring temporary workers. You can find the application on the student job portal under “Athletic Training Student Worker”. For those interested in entering the medical field and wanting more real-world experience, this position is recommended.
Megan Meckey is a senior marketing and political science student and Vice President of ASUP. She also has other student jobs, including working in the admissions office and as a workshop leader.
Meckey has learned many skills through her student jobs and believes her experience as a student assistant will inform postgraduate opportunities. She has enjoyed all of her jobs and emphasizes how accommodating those jobs are.
Meckey says getting involved on campus is important, and student jobs are a way to get paid while making influential connections. Working for ASUP allows Meckey to get a picture of real-world political science and government practices.
“I always try to tell people that there are so many different things to get involved with,” Meckey said. “Which I think is so helpful because it will help them figure out what they want to do [post graduation]”
Student employers value students’ already busy schedules and prioritize the student role. Jobs on campus can be a stepping stone to the workforce after graduation while accommodating students’ busy schedules.
“You’re a student first and a working student second,” Meckey said.
Netty Jurriaans is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at [email protected].