Student Employment Opportunities

Hourly positions

Western Michigan University students with work-study are encouraged to apply. Some positions limit eligibility to students currently living on campus.

Fitness room worker apply online
This position works in the fitness room in Eicher/LeFevreHarrison/Stinson or Ackley/Shilling. Responsibilities include answering questions, spotting residents, cleaning equipment and monitoring the fitness room. Workers average five to 10 hours per week. Students with work-study are encouraged to apply. Only students living in the residence halls are eligible for this position.

Front desk receptionist apply online
This position works at the front desk evenings and weekends; hours vary based on the hall. Responsibilities include answering questions, checking out equipment, guest sign in and mail services. Workers average five to 10 hours per week. Students with work-study are encouraged to apply. Only students living in the residence halls are eligible for this position.

Office manager apply online
This position addresses student needs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hall office, as well as assists the hall director. Administrative and organizational skills are required. Office managers work an average eight to 12 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived in the residence halls at least one semester and be at least in their second year at WMU.

Moving crew
This position works with facility projects, including moving furniture, lofting beds and organizing inventory. Heavy lifting is involved. Workers average 10 to 20 hours per week. Students with work-study are encouraged to apply. Only students living in WMU on-campus housing are eligible for this position.

Mug Shots coffeehouse worker apply online
Mug Shots workers prepare a variety of coffee-based beverages and smoothies. Mug Shots is open mornings, evenings and weekends in Britton/Hadley. Students with work-study are encouraged to apply. Only students living in the residence halls are eligible for this position.

Student Success Center staff
Student Success Center staff provides tutoring for math, chemistry, physics and engineering in three centers located in the residence halls. SSCs are open 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Tutors average eight to 15 hours per week. A 3.0 GPA is required to apply. Interested students should email for more information.

Summer staff positions 
Several summer positions are available, and they vary by responsibility and duration of employment. They include assisting with the medieval conference (two to three weeks), summer conferences (all summer), summer school (all summer) and orientation (six weeks). Applications are available in February.

WMU Apartments stairwell worker/student custodians
This position assists with keeping WMU Apartment complex stairwells clean and free of debris. Workers average 10 to 15 hours per week. Students with work-study are encouraged to apply. Only students living in the WMU Apartments are eligible for this position. Interested students should email for more information.

Staff positions

Remuneration includes housing. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived on campus and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA.

Learning community assistant
Each learning community has a LCA whose primary responsibility is to work with programming and academic support for their specific community. LCAs collaborate with RAs, HDs, GAs and university stakeholders.  Some LCAs in academic learning communities also provide tutoring. LCAs average 15 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived in the residence halls at least two semesters. Academic learning community LCA applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA; all other LCA applicants must have a 2.6 cumulative GPA. Application process begins in January for fall positions.

Resident assistant
Each residence hall floor has a resident assistant whose primary responsibility is to help shape a positive and safe residential experience for students. Responsibilities include assisting students, programming, community development, policy enforcement and attentiveness to residence hall safety and security. Resident assistants average 20 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived in the residence halls at least two semesters and have a 2.6 cumulative GPA. Application processes are in October for spring positions and January for fall positions.

Resident manager
Each WMU Apartment complex has one to two resident managers. Responsibilities include assisting students, facility management, community development, policy enforcement and attentiveness to safety and security. Resident managers average 20 hours per week. To be eligible to apply, students must have lived on campus at least two semesters and have a 2.6 cumulative GPA. Application processes are in November for spring positions and January for summer and fall positions.

Application timelines

July, August

  • Fitness, front desk, Mug Shots, office manager applications

October

  • Spring resident assistant applications
  • Spring resident manager applications (if needed)

Late November/December through January

  • Resident assistant, resident manager, learning community assistant applications

Late January/February

  • Summer position applications