Making bank: Work-Study opportunities on campus

When it comes to Work-Study, getting a job can be a daunting task.

Where can I get hired? Will it fit into my schedule? What if I hate it? Rest assured, here’s your go-to guide for finding a job on Northwestern’s campus!

Norris University Center

Home to over 200 work-study student employees, Norris is one of the largest work-study employers on campus. There’s a variety of different positions available throughout Norris’ many departments. From the graphic designers in Student Affairs Marketing (SAM) to the administration assistants to the friendly faces at the Norris Center Desk to the behind-the-scenes Production staff to the attendants at the Dittmar Gallery, there’s surely a place for you inside Norris, the massive work-study hub. You can also work downstairs in the Game Room, ARTica and even Norris Outdoors. Because Norris opens at 8 a.m. and closes at midnight, most departments are open more than just your typical nine to five. The longer hours mean that the timing is more flexible for student schedules.

The Libraries

Your stereotypical work-study job: a position at the campus library. However, there are many libraries across Northwestern’s campus. The Music Library, nestled inside of Deering, the Math Library (hidden inside of Lunt Hall), Main Library, and countless others all boast work-study student employment opportunities.

If you’re interested in learning the Dewey system or the Library of Congress system, the Libraries are where it’s at.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

When it comes to working at Pick-Staiger, there are many opportunities available to work in the tech crew, management and programming. Benefits of the job include getting to listen to all sorts of interesting music for free while you work, free concert tickets to Northwestern events and a friendly, relaxed work environment.

Tech crew oversees setting up the stage and sound equipment, as well as recording concerts, while management caters to the audience members, ushering and showing them to their seats. Programming involves assisting with scheduling concerts, ticketing, making program brochures and more.

Look out for Pick’s recruiters during Wildcat Welcome! They set up a table outside of the building, and advertise their work-study positions for Ticket Sales, ushers and other essential concert hall staff. The plus side to ushering? Free concerts, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Lab Work

Interested in becoming a Research Assistant in the future? Find your “in” as a work-study lab assistant and collect skills of the trade at a portion of the cost for the lab — being Work-Study means the federal government is paying for most of your paycheck anyway! Finding jobs this way might be a little bit trickier, but it’s definitely worth the pay-off in the end! You get to develop a strong, long-lasting relationship with a professor, and the opportunity is a perfect inroad to learning what you need to conduct your own independent research someday.

Department Assistants

Of course, there is work within your department or individual school! Whether you’re setting up classrooms for presentations, making copies, or doing more work behind the scenes, you’ll be making professors happy and improving your networking skills that will be essential once you start looking for a job post-grad.

Check out the Northwestern University Department of Undergraduate Aid website for more Work-Study guidance.

[part of The Northwestern Chronicle’s Freshman Issue, Fall 2016]

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