Part-time employment on campus or in the local community is a great way to earn extra money while developing valuable skills that you can highlight in in future searches for internships, jobs, and graduate school applications.
If you have been awarded work-study as a part of your financial aid package, visit the Work-Study Program website to view opportunities. Students typically find work-study opportunities either through the work-study job board or by reaching out directly to faculty staff, or departments by email. Often, a simple email is all that is required to be considered for any openings. For non-work study roles on-campus, the most common method is to directly reach out to departments. Emails should include the following information:
- Who referred you/how you found the contact
- Specific request (inquiry about position)
- Why you are interested in the position (note skills by looking at qualifications if provided)
Sample Initial Outreach Email
Subject: Northwestern Student Seeking Work Study Position in Biological Sciences lab
Dear Dr. Sanders,
I am a first-year student at Northwestern University pursuing a degree in biology posted interesting in working on campus this fall. I came across your job description on the Northwestern work-study webpage. Because of my interest in a career in research and experience with lab work in high school, I would like to apply for the work study position in Molecular Biosciences as a Laboratory Aide. If you have any additional questions, or require additional application materials, just let me know. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Non Work-Study Jobs
QuadJobs: A website that helps to connect students with flexible, part-time or one-off jobs on or around campus.
- Sign up with your @u.northwestern.edu email address
- Communicate directly with the employer to learn the full details
Northwestern Sitters and Tutors Network: A NetID-protected site that allows students to provide babysitting and tutoring services to members of the Northwestern community. Parents can post job listings customized to their needs and browse available sitters and tutors, filtering by skillset and schedule. Students can post a profile and browse jobs.