Beyond the Cafeteria: Finding Fun and Educational Jobs on Campus

There are always the standard jobs on campus: dishing out pizza at the cafeteria, scooping ice cream at the frozen treats stand, and brewing coffee at the coffee shop. But if you’re looking for something beyond “standard” in your college employment, consider these jobs that you may actually enjoy doing.

Spend your time at the gym…

Literally. Your campus recreational center will usually post jobs for fitness instructors. Yoga, dance, spinning, aerobics, even rock-climbing—whatever your niche might be, look to see if your favorite class is hiring for an instructor and apply. Not only will you be fending off the dreaded “freshman 15,” but you’ll be earning a few extra bucks and having fun at the same time.

See a show…

If your college campus has a performing arts center, be sure to check out the open jobs. Many performing arts centers hire students as ushers, coat check attendants, and valet drivers, as well as for tickets sales. If you land one of these jobs, you’ll likely get some added benefits, such as free tickets to events. And service jobs such as valet drivers and coat check attendants often pay out extra due to cash from tips.

Surf the Web…

Your campus computer lab will most always have student positions available for lab assistants. This is the job for you if you can help fellow students with software problems, printing issues, and general computer questions. You don’t have to be a computer genius, but you do need to know how to solve basic problems. A job as a lab assistant can have many perks, such as free printing and copying, as well as the ability to buy computer software at a discounted rate.

Show off your campus…

Are you energetic and outgoing? Do you want to get involved with your campus? You can do this and get paid if you work as a campus tour guide. Tour guides often have flexible schedules, giving a few tours per week—this leaves plenty of time for classes, studying, and relaxing. Becoming a tour guide is a great way for you to represent your university while meeting new people, and you’ll gain important communication skills in the process.

Boost your résumé…

Another tip to keep in mind when searching for jobs on campus is to look for a job that will help build your r‚sum‚. For example, working in the student activities office will help build business, marketing, public relations, and communications skills. What about a job as a teacher’s assistant or research assistant? Working in an on-campus job that boosts your r‚sum‚ will all make an impact when graduation rolls around and your “real-world” job hunt begins.

This is just a brief list of some potential jobs on campus. You can surely find the right job for you if you just do a little digging, so make a list of your interests and skills and start looking!


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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