All First Year Students! Are You Seeking Work?

Are you interested in working while pursuing your studies? Are you hoping to be paid while gaining valuable skills and experience? If so, our student employment positions are a great opportunity for you.

Student Employment Positions
If you are interested in working while pursuing your studies, we have work-study and non-work study positions posted in Pioneer Careers Online.

What is work-study?
Work-study is a form of need-based financial aid that allows students to work on campus (or with an approved off-campus employer) to earn money to help pay for college expenses. The maximum amount you can earn throughout the 2020-21 academic year is the amount listed on your financial aid offer. For example, if you have a $5,000 work-study award, you can earn up to $5,000 during the upcoming school year (but you won’t be penalized if you don’t earn that full amount).

May I apply for student employment positions if I do not have work-study?
Yes, definitely. There are some student employment positions that are open to both work-study and non-work study students. You will know if the position is open to both by reviewing the job description in Pioneer Careers Online.

How do I find a student employment job?
Employers on and off-campus have started posting positions. More are added every day. To find and apply for a position:

  1. Log in to using your PioneerWeb DU ID and password.
  2. On your homepage, select OCI and Job Listings.
  3. Under the “Type of Job” filter, select “Student Employment: On DU Campus” as the job type.
  4. If you have work-study, you can ensure the position you are viewing is eligible by looking at the “Compensation” field in the job post. It will state “Work Study Required.”
  5. You will be asked to upload a resume and/or cover letter to apply for positions.

Important Note: Once you submit your resume, it will go through a review process with Career & Professional Development. If necessary, you will be contacted with suggested changes to help you submit the best document possible. To be proactive, consider comparing your current resume to our resume template for first year students, which is provided in this post, and making changes prior to submission. This will increase the likelihood your resume can be pushed through without going through a major overhaul.

Resume and Interview Resources
Check out this resume template, which is specifically tailored to experiences of first year students. If your resume is not formatted and/or written in similar way, consider making changes before you submit to Pioneer Careers Online. This will ensure a quicker resume approval, so you can apply to positions in a timely manner.

Check out this quick video for resume tips and this video for interview tips.

Are students placed into specific jobs?
No. You must search and apply for a position that’s right for you. Be prepared to interview with potential employers! Career & Professional Development can support you in this process by providing interview coaching appointments as well as mock interviews. If you are interested in this, you can make an appointment on Pioneer Careers Online.

How much will I be paid?
Your pay rate will be tied directly to the job you obtain and depends on the experience and skills required for the position.

How many hours will I work?
You will decide with your supervisor the number of hours you work per week. There is no minimum; however, we do not encourage full-time students to work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session. You are not permitted to work during scheduled class time.

How many jobs can I have?
You can only have one work-study job at a time, and you are not permitted to have a work-study position and a graduate teaching/research assistantship simultaneously in the same quarter.

Where do I go with questions?
For questions regarding financial aid, please contact Financial Aid at For questions about work-study, please contact For questions about student employment in general, please contact

By Stacey Stevens
Stacey Stevens Director of Student Employment Stacey Stevens