Tuition, books, meal plans, club dues, personal necessities (or unnecessary items in some cases). Whatever it is students are purchasing, different as their purchases may be, they all have one thing in common: they cost money. And that’s something many college students have a limited amount of. However, there is an easy solution to this “no-cash-flow” problem: student employment.
Edinboro University offers various student employment opportunities through three programs: federal work study, institutional work study and graduate assistantships. Depending on the program students apply for, hours will vary anywhere from 12 to 20 hours per week, with a pay of no less than minimum wage. To receive student employment, students must complete the FAFSA and actively check for job opportunities.
The Federal Work Study program offered at Edinboro is a need-based employment opportunity, and often operates on priority hiring. Students in this program typically work 12 hours a week at minimum wage. The institutional work study program is based on need or approved exceptions. Like the federal work study program, students usually work 12 hours a week at minimum wage.
Graduate assistantships are specially awarded by the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Graduate assistantship hours depend on the specific job the student is appointed to and the hourly rate is above minimum wage. Additionally, Graduate assistantships receive a waiver of tuition proportioned to their appointment.
One student employment opportunity offered at Edinboro is the Phone-A-Thon event. The Phone-A-Thon employment opportunity is offered during the fall and spring semesters at the Alumni House, which is located across the street from the university. Student employees are responsible for calling current students’ parents and alumni regarding upcoming on-campus events and donations.
Three year Assistant Director of Annual Fund, and Phone-A-Thon Coordinator, Pablo Reyes- Cruz, shared that he employs anywhere from 15 to 16 students who are willing to work during the week, Sunday through Thursday. Students interested in working at a Phone- A-Thon event are highly encouraged to apply during the early fall and winter break. Reyes- Cruz strongly encourages students to get involved with a work study program.
“It’s really important that you take the skills that you learn in the classroom and learn how to apply them to a workforce. A work study position is the perfect opportunity.” The assistant director of annual fund also added, “If you can be in a place where you can learn new skills, meet new people and network at the same time, you’re golden. And that’s what Phone-A-Thon is about.”
In addition to the Phone-A-Thon event, there are a wide variety of student employee opportunities here on campus. Senior student worker, Brianna Grzybowski, is employed at Pogue Student Center as an information desk assistant and a fitness desk assistant. Grzybowski has been involved in the work study program for three years and describes the experience as “a good opportunity and learning experience.”
Grzybowski also added that the work study program is a “great way to meet new people” and to get involved with various campus activities. Edinboro students are encouraged to check for new student employment opportunities often; jobs will be appointed based on financial need and prior experience.
To view all available jobs on campus, students can log into the myEdinboro portal and select the “Student Employment” tab on the navigation bar. Students are urged to check the job webpage often, as jobs are posted as they become available.