At Dickinson State University, we want to do all we can to help you succeed in all your current and post-university work force endeavors. Your professors and Career Development will be working with you to find employment opportunities appropriate to your field of study and to help you build professional experience while you are completing your studies. This page is a useful tool for getting an idea of the different opportunities that are available on-campus, as well as resources to help you on your journey.
When you start applying for different jobs, employers will be particularly drawn to your internship experience. Internships are a great way for you to gain real-world job experience while earning university credit. Talk to the Career Development office about local internship opportunities.
On Campus Employment
DSU offers on-campus employment opportunities for qualified students. Some of these jobs offer winter and spring breaks off. If you are a student who shows financial need through your FAFSA, you may be eligible for a Federal Work Study (FWS).
Benefits of Working in a Student Job
- Additional financial resources.
- Acquire valuable work experience for your résumé.
- Reduce necessity for student loans.
- Opportunity for networking with professionals.
- Opportunity to sample different career choices.
- Valuable and practical career-related experiences.
- Exposure to the world of work.
- Opportunity to enhance fundamental work skills.
- Develop a sense of community and involvement with DSU.
Types of Student Employment
Federal Work Study (FWS)
FWS may be available to you as a student if you demonstrate financial need through your FAFSA. A work study award indicates that you are eligible to seek FWS employment; however, it is not a guarantee of a job. Jobs span across the entire campus and to some eligible off-campus employers as well. Positions may vary from clerical work to research, from service to security.
Employment Dates for FWS
Academic Year (First day of school to commencement day). You must be enrolled in at least six credits for the fall and spring terms. You must be meeting financial aid satisfactory progress standards. You must have completed the FAFSA for the academic year. You must have demonstrated financial need based upon the results of the FAFSA.
Summer Term (First day of summer classes to June 30th). To be eligible for a FWS summer term, you need to be enrolled in at least three credits.
Summer Non-Enrollment Period (July 1st to the first day of classes). To be eligible you must be enrolled in the fall term. You must be meeting satisfactory progress standards. The need to have completed the FAFSA for the next academic year is a must and you need to demonstrate financial need based upon the results. If you are selected for verification, the verification process must be completed before your employment begins. You also must be able to show that the FWS earnings are used for costs incurred during this period of non-enrollment.
- Current Openings
- No openings currently listed.
Institutional Student Employment may be available to you as a student if you are enrolled in at least six credits. It is not based on financial need. Positions are available on campus and wages vary depending on the job.
- Current Openings
- No openings currently listed.
How to Apply
Fill out the Student Employment Application. This application covers the time period of July 1st to May 15th of each year. Departments may call you for an interview.
When searching volunteer opportunities, it is important to do your homework ahead of time, especially if volunteering is part of your post-graduation ambitions. It's imperative to find a program that is relevant to you and fits your interests.
Local Volunteer Opportunities
What are some of the benefits of volunteering instead of starting a career or going to grad school?
Many full-time volunteer organizations are invaluable experiences, whether it is abroad or domestic. These are experiences that you won't get if you start a career or go to grad school right after graduation. Also, you will most likely build long-lasting and invaluable relationships with the people you work with and serve.
What are some of the potential drawbacks of volunteering instead of starting a career or going to grad school?
A potential drawback to volunteering is in many cases it involves postponing your future career options. Also, while many programs provide a living stipend, you won't make very much additional money, if any.
How can I find a volunteer organization that fits me?
The most important thing is to do your homework. Research programs ahead of time to look at the benefits they offer, and any drawbacks. For example, do you want to work in a rural or urban setting? What sort of financial assistance do they offer?
How long of a commitment do you need to make?
Use the resources provided on this website. Also, feel free to stop into the Career Development office for further assistance. When you have it narrowed down to a few potential volunteer organizations, search their websites and call representatives to receive specific information regarding the time commitment.