Student Employment

Types of Student Employment


Regular Student Employment

Many student employment opportunities are available with university departments. Student employment is a good way to earn money while building a resume for the future. Student employees find that part-time employment can be a nice "mix" with an academic career. Research shows an effective mix between work and school is no more than 12-15 hours for upper class students and no more than 8-10 hours for new students. Summer employment consists of Regular Student Employment only. There is no Federal Work-Study for the summer session.

Regular Student Employment Listings

Campus Recreation

Get more information on Campus Recreation student employment and Graduate Assistantships.

Campus Recreation Student Employment

Development Office

Phonathon callers are current students employed by Western Illinois University. They enjoy sharing the latest news, updating contact information and are always happy to pass on a personal greeting to someone on campus. The Phonathon not only keeps parents and alumni connected, but also gives our students the opportunity to build their networking skills and gain valuable work experience.

Application for Phonathon Employment

Facilities Management

Contact Facilities Management at 309/298-1834 for information.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded student employment program and eligibility is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Otherwise, Federal Work-Study positions have the same qualifications and pay rate as regular student employment. Federal Work-Study funds are limited and funds are awarded to students who file early. To be eligible to apply for these jobs, students must be awarded Federal Work-Study on their financial aid award letter.

Federal Work-Study Listings

Federal Work-Study - America Reads/Community Service

The America Reads program offers tutoring positions to help children in pre-K through the 6th grade read independently and well. The Community Service program offers positions that benefit the community at large. Most positions work mainly off-campus. A limited number of employment positions are available for these programs, and many require special skills and/or training.


University Libraries has a variety of student employment opportunities available each semester at their main building (Malpass Library) as well as their branches (Music Library, Curriculum Library and Physical Sciences Library).

Libraries Student Employment

Off-Campus Employment

We will post jobs that are off-campus. However, Western disclaims any liability for off-campus employment.

Off-Campus Employment

Sodexo/Food Services

Are you looking for a student job where you can earn some money and meet lots of people? Then you should join the team at Dining Services! We provide dining services for the WIU residence halls and the catering services for the University Union.

* Burger King, located in the University Union Tract, is an independent employer who hires students. Interested applicants should contact the Manager of Burger King directly (309) 298-1999.

Sodexo/Food Services Employment

University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS)

UHDS has a number of different employment opportunities such as food services/catering, desk assistants, and Resident Assistants.

UHDS Student Employment

University Technology(UTECH)

uTech hires approximately 100 students each year to staff the computer labs and provide other types of support. Preference is given to qualified students who are willing to cover early morning, late night, and weekend hours.

UTech Student Employment