Chatham University’s Student Employment Program provides financial assistance and meaningful professional development opportunities for full–time students. Student employees are encouraged to establish goals in collaboration with their supervisors – goals that will benefit both the student and the department for which they work. Supervisors will articulate learning outcomes – what we hope students will learn as a result of their employment – and evaluate their performance on the basis of these learning outcomes. When they graduate, student employees will have substantial work experience to include on their resumes.
Balancing Academic, Work, and Co–curricular Responsibilities
Research suggests that when students work they often actually get better grades, as long as they do not work too many hours. For this reason, we limit the number of hours a student may work to 16 hours per week. Typically a student employee works between 8 and 15 hours per week during the academic year.
Student employees receive a contract which articulates the maximum number of hours permitted in a semester. Depending on their course load and other commitments, students may ask their supervisors to adjust their work schedules. An athlete, for example, may request fewer hours when in season. Some students re–arrange their work schedules when they have a big test or paper due. Academic success is our first priority.
The Hiring Process
Over the summer we send email instructions to new students, explaining how to view and apply for positions on campus. They create a profile on NACElink and upload a resume to apply for available positions. Supervisors interview applicants by phone or in person and select the most qualified candidates before the start of the fall semester. A limited number of positions are available for students who matriculate in January, as well. There is no limit to the number of positions students may apply for, but they are permitted to work at only one position at a time.
The base pay rate for student employment is $8.00 per hour, with a few positions paying more depending on the job description. Some positions require the expertise of a graduate student, and these pay $10.00 per hour. When student employees receive their monthly paychecks, they may cash their checks at their local bank, sign their checks over to the Student Accounts Office so that their pay will be applied to their balance, or choose to use direct deposit.
The student employment program provides opportunities for students to work on campus and off campus through the Federal Work Study Community Service Program. These positions are advertised though the NACElink Network Database.
All students are eligible to work on campus. Approximately 40% of our undergraduate students work on campus. The university does put an emphasis on hiring students who are Federal Work Study (FWS) eligible based on the FAFSA. Eligibility for Federal Work–Study is based on financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Students are notified of their Federal Work–Study eligibility through their financial aid award letters. About 30% of our undergraduate student workers do not receive a work–study award, and are paid through the University Funds. For additional information about the Financial Aid process and qualifying for FWS, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 412–365–1777.
The typical graduate student employee works between 10 and 15 hours per week. Each fall the University offers a limited number of graduate assistantships, which require the recipients to assist departments with teaching, research, or program–specific support. Eligible new students enrolling for the fall term receive consideration based on University needs and application eligibility for the graduate assistantships in early spring and the first round of recipients of these prestigious awards are notified no later than May 15. In addition, there are other student employment opportunities for graduate students which give them a chance to work as professionals and to develop skills in preparation for their careers. In all, 13% of our graduate students work on campus.
At Chatham we value the contribution international student make to the workplace, and encourage them to apply for employment opportunities. Staff in the International Student Services Office assists students in making application for their social security cards. In all, about 40% of our international students are employed by the University.
A limited number of employment opportunities are available for Chatham students over the summer. These positions are filled in April for the following summer. The base pay for summer work is $8.00 per hour, and students ordinarily work between 15–25 hours per week for 14 weeks. Student employees may elect to live on campus for a small fee if they do not have off–campus housing.
For additional information about the student employment process, please contact the Student Employment Department at 412–365–2762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.