Student Jobs

student peer leader instructing first year students

Employment Information

Working on campus with faculty, staff, and fellow students is an excellent opportunity to develop professional skills and clarify one’s career aspirations while earning supplemental income for your studies.

Opportunities for Students

Below is a sample of the types of student jobs on campus.

Campus Services

Students help keep our campus running with opportunities to assist information services with technical support; student development with event planning; facilities management with maintaining our campus; residential life with managing the dorms; and most departments with clerical work.  

Academic Support

Acing your classes? Help others do the same. The Learning Commons hire peer consultants to assist fellow students with everything from writing to research to calculus. 


Everybody has to eat! Campus Dining Services hires caterers, baristas, and servers to work across our campus dining facilities. 

Community Engagement

Help make our Kalamazoo community stronger by working alongside local nonprofits, schools, and government programs. The Center for Civic Engagement employs students to plan and execute their community outreach with programming in child and adult education, municipal assistance, social justice advocacy, and more.

Work Eligibility

All students can apply for campus employment; however, students who qualify for federal work-study are given priority throughout the hiring process. 

To be considered for work-study, domestic students must fill out their FASFA and international students must complete their ISFFA. Once submitted, the Office of Financial Aid will review your materials and determine your eligibility for need-based aid—including work-study. 

Finding a Job

The application cycle for student jobs typically begins in Spring or Summer with selected students starting at the beginning of fall term. However, there may be positions available throughout the year.

To apply, students must fill out an application on Handshake and—depending on the position—attend an interview for further vetting.

Hours and Compensation 

While campus supervisors understand the rigors of academic life at K and tend to be sympathetic in allowing students flexibility during busy times, taking on a campus job is a commitment. The average student works eight to ten hours per week and is compensated based on the number of years they have worked at K, starting at $11 per hour.

Campus employment is orchestrated by the Center for Career and Professional Development; refer to their website for specifics on finding, applying, and accepting student employment.