More than 6,000 Illinois State students work on-campus jobs earning more than $16 million every year. Students can earn enough money to cover personal expenses, buy books, or contribute toward their tuition.
Some students and parents worry that grades will suffer if a student takes a part-time job, but studies show students who work up to 10 hours a week actually have slightly higher GPAs than students who do not. Working students learn valuable time management skills. Time spent working usually doesn’t take away from time in the library; it replaces time wasted on non-productive activities like watching television. Every student is different, so you must weigh the advantages and disadvantages for yourself.
Both on- and off-campus job opportunities can be found on Human Resources website. The Career Center hosts a part-time job fair early in the fall semester each year. For more information and to see when job fair will be held, visit the Career Center or contact them by e-mail at CareerCenter@IllinoisState.edu.
Some job openings require students to be eligible for Federal Work Study, a need-based financial aid award program that makes it more affordable for a campus department or non-profit organization to hire students. The online posting will mention it if work study eligibility is required. The good news is that it is not required for most on-campus positions.
International students with the J-1 visa must receive permission from the Office of International Studies before starting employment.