St. John’s University campus jobs recruit young and hungry students from their own student body for their open positions. For many students, working on campus allows for flexibility in your schedule, puts money in your pocket and allows you to indulge a little more in campus life. But most importantly, where else can you get a job that you can just roll out of bed and walk across the street to? Finding a balance between the packed course load and paying the tuition for classes can feel nearly impossible.
These 10 on-campus certainly lighten the load without completely draining your energy to study!
1. Writing Center Consultant
Looking to sharpen your writing and speaking skills as you help others with theirs? the University Writing Center could be the place for you! Consultants consist of undergraduate and graduate students of various majors, trained to support writers across the five colleges that make up St. John’s. As a community, consultants conduct face-to-face, e-tutoring and online writing consultations. For e-tutoring appointments, students attach whatever writing assignment they need help with to the appointment form. Then, they fill out the category they need help, with such as: editing, revising, drafting or planning. Online appointments get conducted Zoom-style with the chat feature so you can walk through corrections!
“I want to teach English, so working at the Writing Center really boosted my resume. What I really loved was that I wasn’t only helping students, but I was also sharpening my writing skills and learning how to properly tutor students in writing. I got to share this knowledge and connect with professionals in the field,” St. John’s University senior Molly Brannick said.
Consultants also conduct their own research based on their work at the Writing Center, often presenting at regional and national conferences focused on composition and writing studies. That’s a huge resume booster!
2. Student worker at the School of Education Graduate Programs
Student workers at the School of Education Graduate Programs do research for professors on what other professors do so they could be properly cited for documentation. Workers also do clerical things like organizing file cabinets, making copies and delivering documents. On a simple day, they answer phones and take messages or try and answer questions about the graduate literacy, TESOL and special education programs. Like most campus jobs, student workers get exposed to multiple professors, giving them the chance to network and gain advice. You get paid to make connections!
“I found out about my grad program through my job that places you on a pathway to attain a B.S in Biology and M.A.Ed. in Adolescent education. It’s a pathway program between St. John’s College of Liberal Arts to the school of Education. The receptionists I worked with knew about the up-and-coming program and I’m about the 3rd or 4th person to do it. I want to be a high school Biology teacher, so this really changed my life,” St. John’s University senior Kayla Sarmiento said.
This perfect job practically feels made for students who need to make money but need to take six classes every semester. Not too demanding, and a powerhouse for connections! You don’t need to major in education to work here, as the program employs students of all majors. Conveniently located on the fifth-floor office of the school, you’ll get to connect with various professors performing research on a plethora of topics. You might just want to start your own connection with a professor to mentor you!
3. Office of the Registrar Worker
With so many opportunities to meet prospective students, the Office of the Registrar offers an easy way to connect with students and faculty members, even in a virtual setting! Student workers at the Office of the Registrar assist with processing and mailing all transcript requests for the university. They write up transcript requests, order transcripts in BANNER and prepare them for mailing. Not just a paperwork job though, sometimes workers get called upon by staff or administrators to execute special projects like data entry, mailing and moving files from one location to another. Curious about pursuing a career in admissions? This is the job for you!
“Sometimes we have to cover the front desk of the office and we’re asked to provide excellent customer care. I learned a lot of professional skills from this by answering the front desk phones and greeting visitors. It taught me to be less shy and more assertive since I was representing an entire office at SJU. I got to meet a lot of incoming students. I also became the class registry guru for all my friends,” St. John’s University senior Elizabeth Mojas said.
Working at the office of the registrar offers some sweet bonuses! Employees gain listening, customer service, time management, multitasking and communication skills. These skills prove useful beyond the office! A good balance of each sets you up for the real world.
4. College of Professional Studies Work Study
Work study student workers at The Lesley H. And Williams L. Collins College of Professional Studies assist students when they come in to see their dean or professors. They also aid deans and professors with whatever they need help with. From making copies, delivering documents to other buildings on campus, and organizing file cabinets this job fashions itself into an organizers dream.
“I’m a risk management and insurance major. In other words, I have homework every second of everyday, [but] being a student worker at CCPS helped me create a balance with all my work and it isn’t a stressful job at all. I like that I can study at work sometimes,” St. John’s University senior Jenny Siguachi said.
Workers learn to use Microsoft Excel and Word specifically for helping to maintain confidential information. They even answer phone calls and questions about the programs offered by the college, deans, including specific academic dates!
5. Career Peers
The Career Peers student organization teams up with Career Services to recruit students from various majors. Once hired, you’ll enter the required semester-long training where you’ll learn some of the most useful skills you can as a college student. How to write and correct resumes and learning the ins and outs of creating superb cover letters feature as a couple of highlights. You’ll also familiarize yourself with all the resources on campus to help students, like the Writing Center and University Learning Commons. Career Peers work directly with their advisors and learn how to help others get in touch with them. It creates a fantastic way to connect with other programs across campus, too!
“Coming into Career Peers I was really shy. I didn’t think I would be able to handle interacting with others on a regular basis. Hosting workshops really helped me gain public speaking skills and get over my fear of speaking to people,” St. John’s University senior Teya Silas said.
Career Peers host various workshops such including “What’s the difference between a manager and a leader?” With their expertise, they look to help students find internships and apply to grad school. If you like lending a helping hand, head on down to Career Services and apply to for this position!
The Phonathon program contacts alumni for donations to the university. This money can go to a number of things such as the general fund for raising money for renovations or raising money for the basketball team.
“The new and improved Marillac is courtesy of the Phonathon. It’s also a great way to connect with alumni [that] you can ask for advice and learn [about] the different tracks of life to take with your degree,” St. John’s University senior Diamond Powell said.
Employees use a computer system to contact alumni which lists their names, year graduated and college attended. Employees converse with various alumnus allowing them to connect and ask questions about their field and attending St. John’s. Interested in biology? English? Law? There’s an alumnus for that!
7. Student Ambassador
The Student Ambassadors runs in conjunction with the admissions department. In order to put this awesome job on your resume, there’s an interview process followed by a semester long training. Once you put on your ambassador uniform, you get the pleasure of giving tours of the campus, and work both Open Houses! Additionally, ambassadors host kids in the dorms for perspective students to see the college experience. Perspective students also get to shadow ambassadors for a day in the life of a St. John’s student.
“It’s a great way to connect with perspective students while also learning more about St. John’s. Not to mention the hefty stipend you get at the end!” St. John’s University graduate student Xenia Diaz said.
Ambassadors also talk to perspective students via the platform “Unibody.” It’s a way to connect with these potential students before coming to St. John’s, and stay connected after they enroll. Regular students can even use Unibody for help with on campus resources and asking older students for help! At St. John’s, we love making connections.
8. Gear Up
Gear up provides a terrific way to work with underprivileged youth in New York City. St. John’s students work with the students located at the Long Island City High School and the William Cullen Bryant High School. The services offered extend from FAFSA application help to applying to colleges to tutoring and overall life advice when choosing a college. Gear Up workers also offer workshops on how to adult, like how to file taxes or enter into college. It keeps those professional skills fresh in your head for the real world!
“Working for Gear Up made me more aware about the many resources available for minority students. Not just high school students, but I had no idea that I could apply for TAP, federal aid for undocumented students,” St. John’s University senior Hannah Sims said.
Since the Gear Up program connects with other schools, its a fantastic opportunity to network. You also get to inspire incoming college students to fulfill their dreams. I’m sure you can remember how confusing and scary the college entry process can feel. Gear Up gives you a chance to eliminate that stress while learning how to work in a professional online setting.
During times of great uncertainty, Gear Up provides a real community for high school students confused about what the future looks like. Entering college is nerve-wracking enough, but to enter in the middle of a pandemic? Well I really couldn’t tell you what I’d do. Having a mentor experiencing remote learning at a university could be the one thing keeping high school seniors motivated,
9. Diversity Peer Educators
Diversity peer educators create a safe place for minorities and the LGBTQ community, including anyone that needs a safe space. Peer educators go through a semester long training, like student ambassadors. The trainings consist of interactive PowerPoints and break out room discussions, including how St. John’s can create a more inclusive campus. Peer educators then go on to host trainings for various programs at St. John’s like sports teams and Greek life! They help to ensure St. John’s continues to be a safe environment for everyone to live in coexistence.
“I loved that we were trained to say our pronouns in the beginning before introducing ourselves and that we are taught to acknowledge the land that we are on. It made me so much more aware about the diversity of the student body and how inclusivity is such an important goal. I feel privileged to be a part of something so important. To get paid for helping others understand how to be there for one another is an experience I’ll always be grateful for,” St. John’s University senior Alexa Mendez said.
The best part? It doesn’t feel like a job. You also get to say you were an active member in creating a safer space for all students at St. John’s. You get to put a smile on someone’s face while getting paid!
Working towards the success of childream from kindergarten and beyond, Jumpstart gives the perfect opportunity to students who want to work with kids in the future! Members read stories, sing songs, and play games to support young children’s school readiness in a local early childhood center. Jumpstart members get to inspire students to learn, serve in a local community, work on a team build professional skills such as leadership, time managment and childcare.
“I’m a childhood education major. Jumpstart reminds me of why I want to do this so much. Having the opportunity to help kids learn at such a young age and foster their creative development never feels like a job. I’m always excited to go see the kids and spend my day helping them grow,” St. John’s University senior Kelsey Johnson said.
If given this awesome chance, you’ll receive professional-caliber training to help you implement Jumpstart’s curriculum, promote children’s success and build family involvement. They also offer lots of volunteer opportunities for community service hours!