Student Life

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Whether earning income to help pay for their education or to augment campus living expenses, or gaining new career skills, thousands of students are employed by the University of Michigan. And there are always more jobs to be filled. 

Student employees are an important portion of the campus workforce.  Like all university staff members, they contribute to the operations of offices and organizations, both on- and off-campus.  They do their jobs alongside non-student staff - directing activities, focusing on daily details, answering telephones, greeting visitors, processing data, and more.

Employment opportunities for students are extremely varied.  They range from teaching reading to a preschooler to working as a lab assistant, from participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program to working at one of the many University Library locations, from managing a residence hall cafe to officiating intramural sports games. 

Community service positions support literacy efforts, assist with teaching science and math concepts at the Hands-On Museum, work to end domestic violence, and a whole host of other community issues.  

Beyond income, student jobs provide learning experiences that develop specific skills in leadership, communication, analysis, and problem-solving. Many student jobs lead to future career opportunities. Student employees also can obtain a glimpse at careers they may never have considered as future personal options.  

Some students (and families) worry that part-time work will detract from time needed for academics and co-curricular activities.  Student employees often note, however, that having a part-time job actually hones their time-management skills and helps them better allocate time appropriately for study and relaxation.  And because so many student jobs have flexible hours and locations across campus, there are lots of options to suit a student’s daily schedule and routine.

There are a few different ways students seeking employment can search for a job at the University of Michigan.