The Enterprise Resource Center (ERC) centralized all on-campus job opportunities this semester. Previously purposed to connect students with internships, job shadowing opportunities or study abroad options outside of the university, it is now where students will look to for on-campus jobs.
Kay Schwob, director of the ERC, explained that the idea to centralize student employment came from her observations of other schools. She said she felt that since the ERC’s job is to equip students for future careers and help them gain experience while in college, overseeing student employment would be a natural fit.
Ron Coffey, vice president for student life, and the senior leaders of the university approved Schwob’s proposal. Schwob said she sees this centralization of student employment as a way to keep track of students that might otherwise fall through the cracks.
“We hire approximately 300 student employees [a year],” she said. “That is more than faculty and staff combined.”
The new process of student employment consists of a series of steps. Students looking for work can go to the ERC page on the university website and find a list of all available positions. They will then go into the ERC and apply, selecting the departments where they want their application sent. After that, the ERC sends those applications to the appropriate departments. If those departments are interested, they will contact the student to discuss the hiring process. Once hired, the students must complete a brief customer service training video and self-assessment at the ERC.