There are over 4,000 student employees that work over the course of the academic year on-campus. Many students work consistently over the course of the year, averaging ten to fifteen hours a week. On-campus, students are either hired as Federal Work Study or non-work study (regular). Students employed on-campus work in department offices, campus dining locations, serve as research assistants to faculty members, tour guides, groundskeepers, computer technicians, etc. There are also many opportunities for employment off-campus with various establishments in the surrounding community. Off-campus employment is equally varied in the types of opportunities available. You will find a listing of all opportunities both on- and off-campus through Handshake. 

Office Goal

Student Employment is located within the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.  The goal of Student Employment is to provide a centralized source of employment information and opportunities for Grand Valley State University students. We provide an opportunity for practical work experience as a means of financial assistance while at Grand Valley. Student Employment provides an online resource, Handshake, enabling students to search for different employment opportunities, both on campus and off campus. You decide which jobs to apply for. You may want to select jobs based on your work experience, location, and interest.

Student Employee Definition

A student employee is a part-time employee who is enrolled and is regularly attending classes at Grand Valley State University. The primary purpose for being at Grand Valley State University is to further his/her education. Such employment, therefore, is interim or temporary and incidental to the pursuit of an education. Student employees shall not work more than twenty-five (25) hours per week. A student must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits each term to be employed on campus.