Finding On-campus Employment

Types of On-campus Employment

There are two types of on-campus employment: Federal Work-Study positions and Non-Work-Study/Regular Employment positions. The key distinction is that Federal Work-Study positions are only open to students receiving financial aid through the Federal Work-Study Program. To find out if you qualify for this program, be sure to complete your annual FAFSA form; it will help the Office of Financial Aid determine what any potential aid package might include.

Priority hiring for Federal Work-Study positions opens prior to regular employment positions. Priority hiring dates will be posted here as soon as they are available.

  • Federal Work-Study
  • Non Work-Study
  • The Federal Work-Study program (FWS) is designed to allow college students the ability to work on-campus and receive financial aid. Under FWS, students are hired on campus in part-time jobs that range from clerical positions to career-related work. Eligibility is determined through the filing of the FAFSA. For work study eligibility questions, contact the the Office of Financial Assistance at finaid@drew.edu More information on FWS can be found on the Department of Education’s website.While Drew University does not guarantee any student on-campus employment, there is a priority hiring period for Federal Work Study students. Check back on this website for these dates, which are typically made available in late-June.You may also find helpful this list of frequently asked questions provided by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • If a student is not eligible for the Federal Work Study Program, there are still opportunities to work on campus. Additional part-time positions are funded through individual department budgets and on campus businesses. Students need to be enrolled at Drew at least part-time to qualify. Like work-study positions, non-work-study positions are found on Handshake.

Once you’ve determined what your financial aid package includes, you can narrow down your job search. The information below walks you through the three major phases of the on-campus employment search process.

Searching On-campus Employment Postings

All on-campus employment positions are listed on Handshake, Drew’s career development database. Here, you can search for positions by department, if they’re work-study eligible or not, and begin your application. To begin searching jobs, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to drew.joinhandshake.com with your Drew login credentials.
  2. Once you’re on the Handshake homepage, click the “Jobs” button at the top of the screen.
  3. Here, you’ll be able to search all jobs currently available to Drew students. You can filter to view only on-campus jobs by selecting the “On-Campus” filter.

We recommend saving several jobs using the “Saved Jobs” feature to create a shortlist of on-campus jobs you’re interested in.

Applying for On-campus Employment

Applying for jobs online through Handshake is a relatively simple process. Once you’ve found a job posting that you’re interested in, click the red “Apply” button to begin an application. Follow the on-screen instructions to submit your application. You’re welcome to apply for as many on-campus jobs as you’re interested in, but keep in mind that you should focus your attention and effort on only those jobs that match with your skills and interests.

Some quick tips:

  • Having a strong, well-designed resume can set you apart from other candidates and increase your chances of getting hired for the position you’re interested in.
  • Reaching out to other students, faculty, or staff members you know is a good way to learn about potential on-campus employment opportunities. Find out about other students’ success stories through Launch’s Career Communities.

The Interview Process

The on-campus employment interview process is designed to be similar to the process of interviewing for a full-time job or internship. You may be asked to interview by phone, video, or in person. Employers will ask about items on your resume, or how your skills fit the needs of their department. You’ll have the opportunity to ask about the work environment of the department, ask clarifying questions about the job description, or what opportunities exist for professional development.

Need help preparing for an interview? Schedule an appointment with one of our Launch Catalysts to get ready!