Published: Jan. 17, 2023

A student employee working in the dining center on campusThere are many opportunities to work at CU Boulder, from paid research studies to part-time student jobs. In addition to earning money, here are a few more benefits you’ll get by working on campus.

1. Meet new people

The other students you work with at your on-campus job can quickly become your new friends. Departments like the Rec Center, Environmental Center, University Memorial Center and Campus Dining Services are some of the largest employers of students. On-campus jobs allow you to spend time with fellow Buffs and get to know them. 

On-campus jobs also allow you to work more closely with faculty and staff. They can become mentors and potentially lead to future internships or research opportunities. Faculty or staff supervisors can also help provide letters of recommendation or serve as professional references later.

2. Enjoy a flexible schedule 

One of the major perks of working at an on-campus job is flexibility. Most on-campus jobs and paid research studies offer flexible scheduling around your classes and other commitments. Many students work between 10 and 15 hours weekly, with 25 hours per week maximum for the fall and spring semesters.

3. Learn to manage money

Having a job means learning to manage the money you earn. Financial literacy is a lifelong skill. You can learn to budget and save depending on your needs and goals. Consider whether you need the income for immediate expenses, fun adventures or next semester’s tuition. Keep track of your finances using free personal finance apps or your financial institution’s online banking system.

4. Gain experience and skills for your resume

Whatever department you work in, your student job can help you develop professional skills and gain experience to include on your resume. The skills you learn now can often be used in positions after college. Common skills include

  • Communication 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Customer service 
  • Time management 
  • Leadership 

There are also many student jobs specific to different industries that allow you to learn technical skills, such as graphic design, social media, data analytics and research. Learn more about building skills through the Skills for Success program with Career Services.

Ready to apply? Learn more about on-campus jobs at CU Boulder