Labor Shortages and the Benefits of On-Campus Student Jobs

Labor shortages and supply chain delays have become commonplace during the pandemic, and the open job situation on campus reflects that of much of the country. Student Life normally employs thousands of students across campus, from program coordinators and office assistants to cooks and baristas. This year, far fewer students than usual have applied for on-campus jobs, and the lack of potential workers is affecting businesses that normally cater to U-M students as well. 

In response, many Student Life positions for students offer increased wages above industry standards, and we have increased outreach to students who might be interested in a position that offers income as well as valuable work experience. And the best part? When students work on campus, they don't have to look far for a job that’s flexible and can help make a difference.

One of the biggest employers on campus is MDining, which offers high starting wages and most positions require no prior experience as well as student management positions at higher wages. With over 1,500 student employee positions in any given year, and student employees from all majors and around the world, MDining offers plenty of opportunities to connect. MDining jobs offer flexible schedules and convenient locations that mesh well with students' schedules. 

Michigan Housing also offers employment opportunities for students to work in the residence halls; specifically Community Center Assistants (CCAs). Information about the CCA position, eligibility and application process can be found on the Michigan Housing website

Why should my student work on campus?

Every student’s college journey is different, which means that every student’s reason for getting a job on campus is different. Reasons may include:  

  • Earn income to help offset costs or provide extra spending money
  • Have fun with co-workers
  • Meet new people and develop community
  • Build job skills -- College jobs help students gain core skills that employers look for post-graduation and for internships. The National Association of Colleges and Employers identifies eight career readiness competencies that employers look for, and a part-time job is a great way to build those competencies early.

Will my student have time to work on campus with a full course load?

A full course load and extracurricular activities understandably make students and their loved ones wonder if holding a job is even possible. In fact, many students report that having a part-time job helps them use their time more efficiently. 

Where can my student find a job on campus?