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On-Campus Student Employment

Getting a job on campus is more than earning a paycheck. It can provide an opportunity to gain valuable skills that employers seek in college graduates.

Working at Saint Louis University includes opportunities for learning, reflection and advancement. So whether you are checking in guests, setting up for a special event or leading a team of peers, we encourage you to make the most out of your work experience.

Getting Started

  • Consider your interests, skills and work availability
  • Find out if you are Federal Work Study eligible
  • Research on-campus jobs in Handshake
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter and add them to Handshake (it can take up to three days for Career Services to review documents)
  • Submit job application** (be sure to include your availability)
  • Prepare for interview
  • Follow up with department contact (within one week)

** NOTE:  You must be prepared to provide unexpired, original hiring documents in order to be added to payroll and be eligible to begin working.  For a list acceptable documents, please review this link: Form I-9 Acceptable Documents

Understanding FWS vs. Non-FWS

Federal Work Study jobs won’t feel much different to you as a student worker, but to apply for some positions you must be FWS eligible.

Find Out If You are FWS Eligible

Professional Development

Working for the University has value beyond the money you make. The training and experience you receive in your campus job will pay dividends for far longer than your time here as a student. Your communication skills, work ethic, leadership abilities and understanding of the value of diversity in the workplace will all be enhanced by what you learn as a student employee and can help you stand out as you begin your career after SLU. 

SLU Student Employee Professional Employment Manual

SkillSoft Training Modules

Ongoing professional development can help make you better at your job and show your supervisor that you are committed to your growth as an employee. Taking the time to become more professional is an investment in yourself, as these are skills you can take with you in your future career. Skillsoft is SLU's online learning platform to support personal and professional development.

How to access Skillsoft

  1. Log in to your MySLU account.
  2. Click the Tools tab, then click the SkillSoft icon.
  3. Utilize the MyPlan, Catalog or Search functions to find courses you are interested in taking.
  4. You can move courses into MyPlan to take at a later date or you can launch and complete the course right away.

Click on the "User Guide" and the "Take a Virtual Tour" in the left hand navigation of Skillsoft to learn more.

Recommended Courses

Communication Skills

Communication Methods that Make Sense – and Make Your Point
34 minutes

Learn strategies to help you match your communication methods to your desired outcomes, considering all of the factors that can come into play. Whether you are emailing or talking to colleagues face-to-face, this module will help you to become more flexible, more approachable and a more effective communicator.


Time Management: Quit Making Excuses and Make Time Instead
32 minutes
This module will help you examine how you spend your time and identify what type of time manager you are. Learn to use to-do lists and other time management approaches to better organize your task list and get things done.

FERPA for Higher Education
30 minutes
Learn the importance of maintaining confidentiality by completing this module that covers the scope of FERPA in higher education. Better understand this legislation’s role in protecting data in higher education and learn how to respond to requests for disclosure.

Personal Productivity Improvement: Managing Tasks and Maximizing Productivity
One hour
This module guides you towards the use of solid judgment when assessing your time and setting priorities by learning to chunk tasks and build a schedule.


Diversity on the Job: Diversity and You
59 Minutes
By helping you develop a greater self-awareness and more thoughtful communication strategies, this module will teach you to embrace diversity in the workplace through the process of learning how to better connect with your colleagues, as well as other students, faculty and staff.

Being an Effective Team Member
One Hour
Learn to maximizing your role on a team by adopting a positive attitude. This module focuses on strategies to become more proactive, more tolerant and better able to collaborate with others.


SLU Sparks

The SLU Sparks program is designed to honor the ways in which even a single act can have a huge impact on us and the people we serve. Members of the SLU community are encouraged to take a moment to acknowledge the contributions of colleagues with a SLU Spark — a short note recognizing them.

Submit a SLU Spark


FAQ for Student Employees and Supervisors

How do I know if I am Federal Work-Study eligible?

Check with Student Financial Services for instructions on completing your FASFA. Once approved, your eligibility will be listed in Banner.

Am I guaranteed a job if I am Federal Work-Study eligible?

Not necessarily. Many departments do prefer or require positions be filled with students in the Federal Work-Study Program, but you still need to apply and interview.

Can I still apply for on-campus jobs if I am not Federal Work-Study eligible?

Yes, but you should be aware that there are fewer campus jobs available for non-eligible students.

What should I do if I haven’t heard back from a hiring department?

We recommend following up with a department within one week of applying. Ask if there is a time frame in which you can expect to hear back from the department contact. Be assertive but not overly aggressive.

What can I expect to be paid for an on-campus job?

On campus pay can vary by department. Most entry-level positions pay the current state or federal minimum wage. A typical student worker can expect to make between $7.70 and $10 per hour.

How many hours per week can I work?

Most student employees work eight to 12 hours per week. During the semester, students can work up to 20 hours per week. During summer and other break periods, students can work up to 40 hours per week.

Are on-campus jobs more flexible than off-campus jobs?

A 2016 focus group of SLU student employees shared that on-campus jobs do tend to be more flexible than off campus jobs. While on-campus employers do set high employee expectations, they also understand that you are a student first.

Will my work hours stay the same from semester to semester?

Not necessarily. Just as student class schedules change, student work schedules may change from semester to semester. Be sure to share your availability with your supervisor at the beginning of each semester.

I added my resume/on-campus job application to Handshake, but it's pending.  What do I do?

Documents added to Handshake can take up to three days to be reviewed by Career Services.  Sometimes your document will be declined and you will be given written feedback from Career Services on how to improve that document.  Students have a higher rate of success when documents are reviewed and approved by Career Services.