Campus needs student jobs as dozens of student jobs go unfilled

Students looking for work experience and a way to earn money on campus will find that dozens of student jobs are available right now.

The student employment page on the UP website features a variety of positions ranging from a commons barista and cashier to an intramural sports coordinator or an express driver of pilots.

Jobs such as Pilot House Staff and Athletics Social Media Assistants are hourly and pay at least $14.50 per hour while others are paid through stipends. These positions include jobs at The Beacon, The Log yearbook, and student government (ASUP). Salary in stipends often varies depending on the position. Members of the ASUP Executive Council, who hold elected positions, receive an annual stipend of $6,250.

The Beacon spoke to 3 students about their experience working on campus.

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Nurse major, Anna Caroll ’25, has worked at Pilot House as a front desk server and minimum wage cashier for the past year. She has found that it gives her a much-needed break from her busy schedule.

“I do pretty simple work, so it’s not too difficult, but it does get tiring,” Carroll said. “At the same time, I like to come to work to forget school work”.


Students can apply to work as front or rear employees at the Pilot House.

Carroll considers the job to be a good fit for her, as the flexible schedule works well with her class schedules. Pilot House being understaffed at the moment, they are looking to hire more student workers.

Although it can be daunting to work in a place where so many students go, Carroll has come to appreciate being able to see friends and classmates she wouldn’t otherwise see.

“If there’s a few people that I haven’t seen in a while or that I don’t see outside of class, I can have a little chat with them when I see them come in,” Carroll said.

Pilot House hires front and back of house employees. Front desk clerks take orders and deliver food while front desk clerks work in the kitchen.

For any students interested in the culinary industry, or even just students interested in experiencing customer service, Pilot House can serve as a springboard in that direction.

Trainee and assistant in sports medicine

Sophomore nursing major Ava Tietze works for UP’s Department of Sports Medicine as a secretary and assistant. She earns minimum wage helping coaches with their salaries and working alongside doctors and medical staff when they evaluate student-athletes.

The only time nursing majors typically get hands-on experience in the medical field while at UP is when they start clinics, but this job gave Tietze that opportunity. While gaining experience, his work schedule adapts to his class schedule.

“It’s really fun work on campus,” Tietze said. “It’s very unique and I get the opportunity to have real clinical experience and see the injuries in person and see the diagnosis,” Tietze said.

The sports training room is always recruiting assistants and the application is available on the student job portal under the heading “Student worker in sports training”. For those looking to enter the medical field and want more real-world experience, this position is recommended.

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Megan Meckey is a marketing and political science student and vice president of ASUP. She also has other student jobs, including in the admissions office and as a workshop facilitator.


Students working for ASUP can get more involved in the UP community for their work.

Meckey has learned many skills through her student jobs and believes her experience as a student worker will be influential for post-graduate opportunities. She enjoyed all of her jobs and pointed out how accommodating those jobs are.

Meckey says getting involved on campus is important, and student jobs are a way to get paid while building influential relationships. Working for ASUP, Meckey is able to gain insight into real-world political science and government practices.

“What I always try to tell people is that there are so many different things you can get involved in,” Meckey said. “Which I think is very helpful as it will help them understand what they want to do [post graduation]”

Student employers appreciate students’ already busy class schedules and prioritize the student role. On-campus jobs can be a stepping stone to the post-graduation workforce, while also being suitable for the busy schedules students already have.

“You are a student first and a student worker second,” Meckey said.

Netty Jurriaans is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at jurriaan25@up.edu.

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