Campus in need of student employment as dozens of student jobs are left unfilled

Despite hiring freeze for faculty and staff, there is an abundance of open positions for students

By Netty Jurriaans | September 29, 2022 3:00pm
A student checks out at Macks Market located in the Pilot House. Being a cashier at Macks is one of many student jobs here on campus.
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Students who are looking for work experience and a way to make money on campus will find that dozens of student jobs are available at the moment.

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

Jobs such as Pilot House staff and athletics social media assistants are hourly and pay at least $14.50 an hour while others are paid through stipends. These positions include jobs at The Beacon, The Log yearbook and student government (ASUP). Pay within stipends often vary depending on the position. Members of the ASUP Executive Board, which are elected positions, get an annual stipend of $6250. 

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

Pilot House 

Nursing major, Anna Caroll ‘25, has worked at Pilot house as a front of house server and cashier making minimum wage since last year. She has found that it gives her a much needed break from her busy schedule.

“I work a pretty straight forward job so it's not too difficult but it does get tiring” Carroll said. “At the same time, I like to come to work to just kind of forget about school work”. 

Students can apply to work as front or back employees at the Pilot House.
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Carroll considers the job a good fit seeing as the flexible scheduling works well with her class times. With Pilot House being understaffed at the moment, they are looking to hire more student workers. 

Although it can be intimidating to work at a place where so many students go, Carroll has ended up appreciating being able to see friends and classmates that she wouldn't see otherwise. 

“If there's a couple of people that I haven't seen in a while or I don't see outside of classes I can have a small conversation with them when I see them come in” Carroll said.

Pilot House is hiring both front and back of house employees. Front of house employees take orders and deliver food while back of house employees work in the kitchen. 

For any students interested in the culinary industry, or even just students who are interested in customer service experience, Pilot House can act as a stepping stone in that direction.  

Sports medicine scribe and assistant 

Sophomore nursing major Ava Tietze works for UP’s sports medicine department as a scribe and assistant. She makes minimum wage helping trainers with their treatments and working alongside doctors and medical staff as they assess student athletes.

The only time nursing majors usually get hands-on experience in the medical field during their time at UP is when they start clinicals, but this job has given Tietze that opportunity. While getting experience her work schedule is accommodating to her class schedule. 

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

The athletic training room is still hiring assistants and the application can be found on the student job portal under “Athletic Training Student Worker”. For those interested in going into the medical field and want more real world experience, this position is recommended.


Megan Meckey is a senior marketing and political science student and is the vice president of ASUP. She also has other student jobs including working in the admissions office and being a workshop leader.  

Students working for ASUP can get a more involved with the UP community for their work.
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Meckey has learned many skills because of her student jobs, and feels that her experience as a student worker will be influential for post graduate opportunities. She has enjoyed all of her jobs and highlighted how accommodating these jobs are. 

According to Meckey it is important to get involved on campus, and student jobs are a way to get paid while making influential connections. In working for ASUP, Meckey is able to get an idea of real world political science and government practices. 

“What I always try to tell people is that there's so many different things you can get involved in” Meckey said. “Which I think is so helpful because it will help them figure out what it is they want to do [post graduation]” 

Student employers value student’s already busy class schedules, and they prioritize the role as a student. On campus jobs can be a stepping stone into the post graduation work force, while also being accommodating to the busy schedule students already have. 

“You're a student first and student worker second” Meckey said. 

Netty Jurriaans is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at