Campus Employers

Campus Employers play a pivotal role in creating an inclusive, student-oriented, learning-focused and career-ready community. Research on student employment shows that students who work have higher academic success rates, deeper connections to the campus community, and higher persistence rates. In this way, supervisors are retention agents as they develop and support student employees.

Supervisor Guide & Student Employee Handbook

You’ll find important information for all components of the student employment experience, including pay scale information, responsibilities of both the employee and supervisor, and more. The Supervisor Guide gives in-depth, step-by-step instructions for each phase of the student employee lifecycle. For quick access to key resources from this guide, please see the Campus Employer Toolkit below.

View Supervisor Guide

View Handbook

Campus Employer Toolkit

We’re here to support you. See below for information on how to recruit, hire, and develop your student employees.

Recruiting student employees includes writing job descriptions, posting positions to PCO (our internship & job database), and interviewing applicants. The resources below will help you in the recruiting process.

Write Job Descriptions
Review Sample Job Descriptions
Posting Template (word doc)
Recommended Pay Scale
Post Positions to PCO
Advertise Your Positions in Campus Newsletters
Sample Interview Questions
Sample Interview Rubric

The Hiring Checklist guides you through the hiring process. If you are completing this process for the first time, check with your division’s business officer as there may be a process in place for this checklist.

View Hiring Checklist

There are several funding sources for student employees (department, work-study, external funding, and stipends). As you hire your student employee, it’s important to be aware of these funding sources and the rules and regulations associated. Please visit our Student Employment Guidelines, which acts as a central tool, as a first step.

Financial Aid & Work-Study Awards
Work Study Policy Guide
● Undergraduates: Work-Study Information
● Graduates/Law Students: Work-Study Information
● Email:

Human Resources & Inclusive Community (HRIC)
HR Knowledge Base
● Time Cards (required for all positions except GXAs): PioneerTime
HR Partners (available to all DU employees) Email:
● Time Card & General Questions Email:

International Student & Scholar Services
Employment information for F-1 and J-1 students

Office of Graduate Education
Graduate Assistantships (GXAs)

We recommend using the following resources with your student employees:

Supervisory Relationship Questionnaire
SMARTIE Goal Setting
Career Skills & GROW® Questions for Weekly and Annual Conversations
Tangible Tips for Identity Conscious Supervision
● Performance Evaluation through SkillSurvey for Career Readiness. Delivered fall and spring quarters. Contact HR Partner, Kirsten Crissman at, to join the program.

We encourage supervisors to take advantage of the Achieve Series: Supervisor Track. If you’d like career skills training for your student employees, check out the Achieve Series: Student Employee Track or our on-demand Training Menu.

Financial Aid manages our Community Service Work-Study Program. If you are a nonprofit or government agency within 30 miles of DU that improves the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income residents, you may be eligible to become part of the community service work-study program!

This program allows students to utilize their work-study (part of their financial aid offer) to earn money to help finance their education through part-time employment. Partnerships between the University of Denver and community-service agencies are mutually beneficial to students and organizations, as students engage in meaningful service designed to meet community needs, and agencies share the responsibility of compensation with the federal government.

An organization that employs a student with work-study is expected to cover only 30% of the student’s wages. Check out how to Become a Community Service Work-Study Employer.

Student Employment Calendar

Important dates and deadlines related to international students and students eligible for federal work-study.

View Calendar

Supervisor Training

We offer development opportunities and support tools for supervisors, covering topics on recruiting and hiring, on-boarding and training, coaching, feedback, conflict, recognition, and off-boarding. All topics are presented in consideration of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

View Programs

Remote Support for Supervisors

You may have student employees working remotely. Check out these ideas for creating remote assignments. Below are additional resources that can be of assistance with remote work.

Communication & Technology
Microsoft Teams | Zoom | Google Hangout or Chats | Miro Virtual Whiteboard

Project Management
Trello | Monday | Asana


Supervisor Spotlight

“Recognizing that their work is a large contribution to the greater team and they are not just there to do “busy” work is a substantial step to make the experience beneficial and valuable to student employees.” – Hayley Olson

By Stacey Stevens
Stacey Stevens Director of Student Employment
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Supervisor Spotlight

“I like to create meaningful learning experiences that help students grow while contributing to the goals of the department in meaningful ways. I also think students bring unique perspectives that can’t be found with other types of employees, and that adds a lot of value to our work.” – Luke Watcher

By Stacey Stevens
Stacey Stevens Director of Student Employment
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Supervisor Spotlight

“Take the time to help them develop job goals. If the student does not see the value in the job, it may not be as an impactful opportunity as you hope it would be.” – April Osborne

By Stacey Stevens
Stacey Stevens Director of Student Employment
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Celebrate National Student Employment Week!

Join the Office of Student Employment in celebrating our student employees and supervisors this National Student Employment Week, held between April 4th and 8th!

Throughout the Week

Here are our ideas for (free and low-cost) ways supervisors can show their …

By Elise Goss-Alexander
Elise Goss-Alexander Assistant Director of Student Employment
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10 Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Student Employee (Including Plants from Us!)

Calling all Supervisors! DU’s National Student Employment Week (April 4 – 8) is quickly approaching! Would you like to show appreciation for your student employees, but tight on budget? We got you.

The Office of Student Employment is now taking …

By Elise Goss-Alexander
Elise Goss-Alexander Assistant Director of Student Employment
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Featured Resources

High Impact Supervision Practices

Supervisors play a pivotal role in crafting meaningful learning experiences that develop our students professionally in their on-campus jobs. Equipped …

Student Employees Achieve (SEA) Badge

Want to show future employers that your student employment makes you career ready? Apply to …

DEI Discussion Resources

We encourage student employees and their supervisors to engage in regular conversation around the ways that diversity, equity, and inclusion …

Career & Professional Development Contact & Location


Burwell Center for Career Achievement
2190 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

Career & Professional Development Hours

M 8:00am-4:30pm
T 8:00am-4:30pm
W 8:00am-4:30pm
TH 8:00am-4:30pm
F 8:00am-4:30pm

Contact other Campus Career Offices