Tips for finding student employment
The Office of Student Financial Aid and the Gateway Student
Success Center provide these tips, to help you navigate the employment process.
Understanding Federal Work Study (FWS) and Student Wage Positions
With both positions, students receive a paycheck every two
weeks from their employer. Students use the earnings for personal expenses, to
pay bills, or for pocket money. The university does not dictate how the money
is spent, and it is not automatically applied to the student’s NAU charges.
To be eligible for Federal Work Study positions, students
must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file and
show financial need. If a student is eligible, the FWS financial aid award
shows on the student’s financial aid award letter and on the student’s LOUIE
Set up your Jobs for Jacks account
Follow the step-by-step instructions on the back for this
page to set up your account and profile. Wait 24-48 hours for your account to
be activated. Once your account is activated, you will be able to update your
profile and search for positions posted by employers on and off campus.
Check for job postings on Jobs for Jacks regularly
Visit the Gateway Career Services Center
receive assistance with your Jobs for Jacks account, job search strategies,
and interview skills.
Keep an eye out for job postings at departmental office and on message
boards across campus
You may contact the departmental offices by email or phone
during the summer and throughout the academic year to ask if they are accepting
Keep looking throughout the year
As student schedules and graduation dates change, positions
Don’t rule out off campus employment
There are a variety of businesses and community agencies
that are eager to hire students. Through a partnership with NAU, the Museum of
Northern Arizona, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Literacy Volunteers of Coconino
County are able to hire NAU students who have been awarded FWS funding. The
College of Education’s America Reads program is another great FWS program for
Be open to different types of work
You will gain a new skill set and have more opportunities
for personal and professional growth if you work in an area apart from your
major. For example, a business major might consider giving campus tours to
improve his/her public speaking skills.
Student Success Center