Work-study benefits

It never hurts to have a little extra money, especially when you are a college student. Northwestern offers students the opportunity to work on campus and earn money through work-study positions. Students who hold these positions are required to work a minimum of five hours per week, so they’re a perfect for full time students who have busy schedules with classes and activities. There are a variety of positions available across campus in offices, academic departments and food services, just to name a few.

I have the privilege of holding a work-study position in Northwestern’s advancement office. I assist with event planning, sending gifts to donors, filing documents and other various office duties. The advancement office is in charge of planning and organizing homecoming in the fall and the Scholarship Auction in the winter. In preparation for these two events, I have the responsibility of alphabetizing name tags, assisting with sending invitations, putting posters up around campus, freshening-up decorations, photographing auction items, finalizing lists, helping with set up and lending a hand wherever I can on event days. When the time comes for these events to take place, it is really rewarding to see people enjoying the event I helped plan and set up.

Before this year, I did not know what the advancement office was or what the people who worked there did on a daily basis. My friend and wing mate, Lauren, has had a work-study position with the advancement office since her freshman year at Northwestern. When another position opened up, she recommended me to her work-study supervisor as someone to fill the position. I was contacted, interviewed and hired all within about a week. I was not quite sure what my responsibilities would be, but Lauren assured me that she truly enjoyed working in the office and with the people. After holding a position in the advancement office for six months, I can say that I could not agree more with her. I feel blessed that this position fell into my lap out of the blue. The work is easy to understand and accomplish, the environment is welcoming, I am able to use my creative skills and the people I get to work with always brighten my day.

While some work-study positions are directly related to students’ majors, others are a way to build work skills and earn some money. Either way, work-study positions fit well into students’ schedules and are a great way for students to get to know Northwestern from a different perspective.