Chatham University

Student Employment

Student Employment opportunities at Chatham allow you to engage with and develop professional competencies; gain and apply knowledge; and build professional experience as you explore, discover, and build your place in the world. Student Employment also provides opportunities to earn money and/or activate your Federal Student Employment Award.

Campus employment opportunities meet a range of interests, skills, and knowledge, and all student employment experiences carry with them the opportunity to supplement and build on classroom learning and other areas of involvement on campus.

+Finding Jobs on Campus

Employment opportunities are posted on Handshake and are updated regularly. Positions range from administrative and office assistant roles, to assisting faculty with research, to serving as Chatham's Mascot, Caron the Cougar!

To look for current openings and opportunities:

  1. Go to Handshake and log in using your Chatham Username (email address) and Password.
  2. If you have not already done so, create your profile by updating your information and uploading your resume. Pro Tip: Schedule an appointment with Career Development to have your resume reviewed before posting!
  3. While on your Homepage, click on "Jobs & Internships" on the left menu.
  4. Filter your search under "Job Type" by clicking "On-Campus Employment"
  5. Begin your search! Scroll through the active postings and save the jobs that interest you by clicking "Favorite" in the top right corner of the posting:
  6. Ready to start applying? See below!

+Applying, Interviewing, and Getting Hired!


If you have already created your profile and uploaded your resume to Handshake, you are just a few clicks away from applying for jobs!

To Apply for a position:

  1. Click the "Apply" button near the top of the page.
  2. The next screen will allow you to select pre-uploaded documents, or upload new documents, to include you’re your application.
  3. Once you have selected the document(s) you want to include with your application, click "Apply" again to confirm. Congratulations – you have successfully applied for on-campus employment!

We recommend that you apply for 4 or 5 postings for your best chance at landing a position. Follow up with the supervisor(s) in a few days to ensure they have received your resume and provide the supervisor with a schedule of availability. Follow up also allows you to show your continued interest in the position and allows for the supervisor to know your availability.


Interviews are required for all open positions. This is a great time to practice your interviewing skills! If you need help preparing contact the Office of Career Development to schedule a practice interview, or follow these tips to help you get ready:

  • Prepare for the interview as you would any other interview. Be ready to answer questions as to why you are the most qualified person, why you are interested in working for the particular department, and be able to briefly discuss your background and experience. Be able to express yourself and provide examples of your qualifications and skills.
  • Dress for the interview. You don't need to wear a business suit, but do not wear jeans or shorts. Business casual attire is best: nice pants and shirt or blouse; skirt and top; dress. Skirts and dresses should not be extremely short.
  • Have questions prepared to ask the interviewer. It shows you are interested and have researched their particular area.
  • Lastly, make sure you have the interviewer's name. Shortly after the interview, send the interviewer a thank you email.
  • During the interview, feel free to ask when the department plans to make a decision. This will give you an idea of when you should call to check in.

+You're Hired! Now What?

You have been offered the position – Congratulations! Once you accept, your supervisor will email the Office of Career Development to notify us that they will be hiring you, the terms in which you will work, your hours, and rate of pay.

If you have never worked as a student employee, you will need to complete New Hire Paperwork and submit it to the Office of Career Development. This will authorize you to work for the university and enter you into our Payroll system. This paperwork includes the I-9 DHS form, which requires you to submit official forms of identification to establish employment eligibility. Please visit to review the necessary forms of identification. Students must submit the originals of these required documents; copies are not accepted.

Once the details of your position are confirmed and you are active in our system, a contract will be created in the university's Student Employment portal and you will be invited to sign it. You should work directly with your supervisor to determine a start date and weekly work schedule.