Campus Employment

Work on Campus

Elmhurst offers a variety of opportunities for students to work on campus to gain experience and earnings.

All students may apply for campus jobs, but some jobs are reserved for students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid packages.

Types of Employment

  • Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a need-based financial aid program funded jointly by the College and the federal government. Elmhurst College awards FWS funds to students with financial need, as demonstrated by their FAFSA results, as part of their financial aid package. Earnings are paid directly to the student worker, not applied to tuition bills.
  • Elmhurst College–Funded Employment(ECFE), which is not based on need, is often referred to as “regular” student employment. Students work in a variety of campus departments, receiving their wages directly from the department for which they work.

How to Apply for Student Employment

  1. Check the online job listings in the My Elmhurst Campus Portal or the student employment bulletin board in the Frick Center and outside of the Office of Student Financial Services in Goebel Hall. Fall job openings are posted after July 1.
  2. Contact the supervisor of the job you are interested in to schedule an interview.
  3. Students who are unable to secure a position on their own may contact the student employment coordinator in the Office of Student Financial Services for assistance. Please note that a Federal Work-Study award does not guarantee a job.
  4. Once you are hired, submit the following paperwork within three business days of starting your job:

The forms are available online and in the Office of Student Financial Services. Original documents establishing identity and employment eligibility are also required.

Additional Information

Students may not work on campus more than 20 hours a week during the academic year. There are also limits to the amount of money a student may earn through the Federal Work-Study Program. After reaching their earnings limit, FWS students may, with the approval of their supervisor, continue working under the Elmhurst College–Funded Employment program.

Hourly pay rates are based on the job level and on your skills and experience. All student workers earn at least minimum wage, which is currently $8.25 per hour. Federal Work-Study students and Elmhurst College–Funded Employment (ECFE) students receive the same rates of pay.

Student workers are paid every two weeks. Your pay can be direct deposited to your bank account or student account at Elmhurst College, or deposited to a Visa PayCard. You can choose your form of payment when completing your direct deposit form.

Students often encounter confidential information in the course of their on-campus work. A breach of this confidentiality will result in termination of employment. If you’re uncomfortable handling confidential information, talk to your supervisor at once. You should also talk to your supervisor if you are not comfortable performing an assigned task for any reason.

Report any on-the-job accidents or injuries to your supervisor immediately.

Student workers are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Remain on the job for the entire academic year, except in case of serious illness or failure to maintain a satisfactory academic record
  • Accurately log your hours worked using the College’s electronic timekeeping system
  • Perform job-related duties to the best of your ability
  • Discuss any job-related problems with your supervisor as soon as possible

Designed to boost the professional skills of full-time student workers, the STEP program hosts workshops throughout the year on topics such as:

  • Business Etiquette
  • Resume and Interviewing Tips
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Stress Management
  • Professionalism in the Workplace
  • Career Exploration

STEP also sponsors an annual spring celebration honoring all Elmhurst College student workers.

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