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Student Jobs

To apply for a job within University Housing, click "Apply Now" below and search job postings. Specific documents and forms required for employment are listed within the job application. Student employment positions within University Housing are described below.

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Student Positions

The positions described below are typical University Housing student employment positions. We may not have a current vacancy. To view available positions on the SIU jobs page, click "apply now". General descriptions of the types of positions frequently available in University Housing are below.

Culinary & Nutrition Services Jobs

Student jobs in Culinary & Nutrition Services (CNS) include positions in the dining halls and snack shop. Jobs range from food service to administrative.

Resident Assistants & Academic Peer Advocates

Resident Assistants (RAs) and Academic Peer Advocates (APAs) are trained peer leaders who supervise or mentor those living in on-campus residence halls and apartments. These positions provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn leadership, communication and teamwork skills.

Resident Assistants
RAs have many roles and responsibilities, including building community, programming, acting as a resource for students, attending or leading meetings, working duty shifts and enforcing policies. Successful RAs are organized, flexible, good communicators and able to balance their own schedule and priorities with the needs of their residents. They must also serve as an example to residents, with a strong sense of professionalism and accountability. RAs go through rigorous training and must meet strict eligibility requirements, listed below. Additional expectations and duties will be outlined by supervisors.

Academic Peer Advocates
While Academic Peer Advocates (APAs) are similar to RAs, their efforts are more focused on helping residents succeed academically. APAs have various responsibilities including attending and leading meetings, academic interventions, mentoring students to improve academic skills, serving as a resource for residents, administrative work, assisting with social justice initiatives, serving as a role model for academic success, supporting various initiatives and events, and developing large-scale academic programming.

Benefits include a free room and board (a fully-furnished room, full dining plan, wireless internet access, all utilities, and cable TV access), local telephone services, a monthly stipend, and the opportunity to develop professional skills while positively impacting residents.

RA and APA Requirements
Minimum requirements for the Academic Peer Advocate and Resident Assistant positions include:

  • Having a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2.3 semester GPA at the time of application and commencement of employment.
  • Having 26 credit hours earned by the time employment begins.
  • Having full-time student status (12 undergraduate credit hours or more or 9 graduate credit hours or more) while employed.
  • Being in good academic, judicial and financial standing with SIU Carbondale and University Housing.

RAs and APAs are not permitted to have other jobs during their employment period with University Housing.

Candidate recruitment and selection will occur during the spring semester for the upcoming fall/spring academic year. The application is available online during dates posted in commons areas - typically November through January each year. To be considered for interview, applicants MUST complete an online application and attend a mandatory information session. Mandatory session information is posted in commons areas. Applicants are considered for both positions (APA and RA).

Questions can be directed to the Residence Life Office at 618/453-3318.

Desk Assistants

Duties of the Desk Assistant (DA) include, but are not limited to: receptionist responsibilities, upholding policies, and maintaining an appropriate atmosphere in the lobby area. Please note that, regardless of where desk assistants live, they may be placed at any of the following desks: Mae Smith Hall, Neely Hall, University Hall, and Wall and Grand Apts.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Live on campus for the entire period of employment. Note: Off Campus Applicants may be considered for Break Desk jobs (i.e. Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break).
  • Be a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at SIU.
  • Be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and semester GPA of 2.3 at the time of application and during employment. If in a graduate degree program, the DA must be in good academic standing with their individual colleges.
  • Be in good disciplinary standing.

Housekeeping and Maintenance Jobs

Housekeeping and maintenance job duties are listed below.

  • Janitorial duties to include sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, and waxing.
  • Cleaning sinks, toilets, and showers.
  • Cleaning windows and trash cans.
  • Washing, cleaning, and moving furniture in excess of 40 pounds.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Tour Guide Jobs

Our tour guides provide tours for prospective students and their families. They are hired to work out of the University Housing Marketing Office and may also provide clerical support.