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Student Employment FAQ

FAQ:

This job looks like a pretty chill desk job…Is that true?

  • While there may be moments of chill time in each of our positions, we wouldn’t call any of our positions just a desk job.  You will have to get out of your desk chair to go complete event setups (moving tables and chairs around) and check in with clients (which involves talking to other humans, smiling, and being helpful).  Homework is permitted, but since you never know when you’ll have to hop up and help, we do not recommend regularly banking on getting homework done during your shift.

How much does the job pay?

  • Entry level positions begin at $8.00 or $8.50/hr, and each department offers room for advancement after a semester or more.  Managers begin at $10.00/hr after promotion. To read more about our positions and compensation, visit our Positions page.

How flexible is the schedule?

  • We pride ourselves on being able to work around your class schedules and co-curriculars, but y’all are busy people! And we do need to meet some minimum expectations of coverage.  Upfront, you’ll be asked how many hours per week you want to commit to working, and you’ll be held to that pretty closely throughout the semester. Our schedules are finalized 1 ½ weeks in advance.  Some teams will post a ‘set’ schedule with the same shifts week to week, whereas other teams will post shifts for pickup at different times each week depending on the events coming up.  Generally speaking, shifts at Sarratt, Commons, and the EaV Office are more ‘set’ and shifts on the SLC/Alumni and Production Services team are more event-dependent.  There is another FAQ about time off after this, so read on if you’re interested…

Can I take time off?

  • Yes!  We ask that you make time off requests 2 weeks in advance.  Luckily, your biggest conflicts are probably academic and you get your syllabi early in the semester– that’s plenty of time to ask off for anything class-related.  Of course, things come up, and we’re very reasonable supervisors! There are certain busy days, weeks, or weekends (Reunion, Rites of Spring, etc.) when time off may be a little dicey.  Luckily, we have lots of student staff and pro staff, and there is almost always someone who can cover if you need help. 

Why Should I work here instead of another campus job?

  • There are a number of opportunities to work on campus that may be a great fit for you, but here at Student Centers, we really specialize in transferable skills and making sure you can get great work experience to take with you and translate to your next internship or job search.  We have intentional learning outcomes that were co-written by our current student employees and then tied to NACE competencies, based in research on what potential employers are looking for in applicants. In addition to transferable skills, we also just really care about our students and their health, safety, and wellness while on campus.  Students are supported through 1 on 1s with supervisors each month and provided a number of opportunities to build relationships with peers through teamwork on the job, SEAB (Student Employee Advisory Board) social and professional development events, and All Staff Meetings/Family Dinners twice/semester.

What do you mean when you say this job is ‘MORE than a paycheck’?

  • We believe you get out of a job what you put into a job, so we give you lots of opportunity to contribute!  In addition to your weekly shifts at your buildings, we invite any interested students to sign up for other committees to help support our whole staff.  There is SEAB, the Student Employee Advisory Board, that has representatives from each team and plans social and professional development events for all the staff.  And there is also our Hiring Committee, where 4 current employees lead the hiring push to recruit and interview candidates to work with us in the future.  And there is also our Social Media Team, where you can collaborate with pro staff and other students to build marketing materials and promote our Events at Vanderbilt brand through social media.  We have even worked with current employees to create an HOD Internship in our office.  Truly, the possibilities are endless… if you have a great idea for a way to contribute to our team and are willing to put in the work to lead an initiative, there is not much we wouldn’t be open to!