Campus Student Employment
Kalamazoo College students work in a variety of capacities for the College, as well as through some of our off-campus partnerships. Students can work on-campus during the academic year or during summer vacation. There are slight differences between academic year and summer campus employment. In most cases, prior experience is not a requirement for campus employment.
Supervisors in different departments across campus post their open positions in our jobs database K-Connect and make hiring decisions for their position(s). Our staff does not select students for open positions.
Academic Year Campus Employment
Consider your academic schedule and extracurricular commitments when making the decision to work on-campus. The benefits of working on-campus during the school year include:
- 1-4 hour(s) work shifts
- Work shifts scheduled around your academic responsibilities
- Campus supervisors who may be more sympathetic to stressful academic weeks
- State minimum wage of $7.40/hour
Most students work a total of 8-10 hours per week for the 10 weeks of a quarter. Some positions are designed to require less time, some a bit more, and most will flex around busy times—this all depends on the department, project needs, and academic workloads. With a consistent schedule, students who work during the week can manage their out-of-class schedules quite well, setting aside time to study, complete assignments, workout, or spend time on themselves. Talking with your academic advisor may help you in this decision-making process.
There are many ways that you can find a position on-campus. Some jobs, like student leadership positions, are filled before the school year begins. Returning students often retain positions they have held in the past.
The work/study program is a form of need-based financial aid that sets aside funding you can earn through a campus position or an approved, pre-arranged off-campus service program. At Kalamazoo College the off-campus service programs are coordinated by The Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning.
Work/Study funds are not credited to your account; you must actually work in a campus job or through an off-campus service program to receive this funding. Every two weeks you work, you turn in a timesheet and receive a paycheck. Students who have a work study award are given priority for hiring consideration. You may check your work/study award at the Financial Aid website. Additional questions about the work/study program should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid (firstname.lastname@example.org).
First-Year and Transfer Students with Work/Study
New students seeking to be considered for fall campus employment should follow instructions emailed to them in July by the CCPD and listed here.
Fall 2012 Timeline:
6/11/12 – 8/01/12 Campus Employers enter fall positions in K-Connect
(with a posting date of August 15)
7/09/12 – 8/01/12 Students complete online profile in K-Connect
8/01/12 – 8/15/12 Employers search K-Connect and contact qualified students
(If position is filled during this period, remember to close it in
K-Connect or it will go live on August 15.)
8/15/12 – 9/17/12 Students still seeking jobs search K-Connect for open positions
and contact employers
Summer employment at Kalamazoo College is different than academic year employment in that Work/Study awards do not apply. Students who work a minimum of 32 hours/week may be eligible for on-campus housing.
Searching for Campus Employment
To see current positions available on campus, take the following steps:
- Visit K-Connect where openings are posted online.
- After you login to K-Connect, select "Job Search" under the "Jobs, Externships, Internships" tab.
- Under "Position Type," select "Campus Employment."
- Open positions will be listed here. Click on any position to get more information.
- Contact the supervisor listed in K-Connect to learn more about the application process for a specific position.
While many positions are posted on K-Connect, Student Leadership Positions are filled during Spring Quarter of the current academic year for the following year. These positions include, but are not limited to Resident Advisors, International Program Peer Advisors, Career Associates, LandSea Leaders, and Writing Center Tutors. If you are interested in one of these positions, please visit Student Leadership Positions for more information.
Other on-campus employers:
- Recycling https://reason.kzoo.edu/recycling/jobs/
- Sodexo Dining Services at Kalamazoo College http://www.kzoodining.com/people/careers.html
- Office of Student Involvement https://reason.kzoo.edu/studentactivities/jobs/
- Facilities Management Summer Opportunities https://reason.kzoo.edu/facman/summerjobs/