Working on campus can provide excellent opportunities to develop and hone professional skills, while also earning additional income to offset the cost of college life. The Student Work Office (SWO), which is under the Career Services umbrella and housed in Baxter Hall, works with students to assist them in finding available positions on campus. Once a student is hired, the following steps need to take place in order for the student to begin working.
The Employment Process
- The student completes a Student Employment Contract with the supervisor in the relevant department, and the contract is delivered (either via campus mail or by the student) to the SWO.
- For students who are working on campus for the first time, there are two additional forms that need to be completed for the student to be able to receive a paycheck.
Required Employment Paperwork
The following forms must be completed and turned into SWO before workers are eligible for a paycheck:
- W4 (Tax Withholding Form)
- I9 (Employment Eligibility Form)
All forms require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.1 or higher. Click here to obtain the most recent version.
In order to complete the I9 form, students will need to bring one document that establishes identity (usually a driver’s license or student ID) AND one document that establishes employment authorization (usually a social security card or certified birth certificate). For a complete list of acceptable documents see page 9 of the I9 form link.
Once a student has completed the employment contract, as well as the two additional documents, an online timecard will be created for them in Connect2
to input and track their hours. The staff in the SWO is available to assist any students who have questions about utilizing the online timecard system.
Paychecks are issued once a month during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer. The pay date schedule is available by contacting the SWO.
Student Employment Positions and How to Locate Them
There are many different student employment positions, and they vary year-to-year. Students may attend an on-campus job fair at the beginning of each fall semester, which gives them a chance to fill out student worker applications and meet with potential campus employers. In addition, students can come to the SWO to find out about openings on campus throughout the year. Here is a short list of some of the types of jobs a student could find on campus:
Mailroom Student Assistant
Admissions Student Ambassador
Sports Information Game Day Worker
Biology Lab Assistant
Facilities Grounds Worker
Career Services Student Manager
Business Office Assistant
Information Technology Student Technician
Campus Writing Center Consultant
Theatre Props Worker
Art Teaching Assistant
Calculus Student Instructor
Center for Student Involvement Office Assistant
Illinois College Connections Leader
Residence Hall Director
Campus Events Student Technician
Speech Center Advisor