The hardest part about working in college may be finding a job on campus that fits your interests. “I really enjoy the Student Ambassador Program because it’s an excellent opportunity to encourage others to come to our college,” said Lucy Litten. “It has taught me how to talk with people and work on a team and I definitely plan on coming back next semester.”
Most of the jobs offered at Potomac State College are run through Federal Work Study, but there are also student employment jobs for students who are not awarded work study.
What is work study?
“Federal work study is a need-based “self-help” aid program which allows students to earn money by working a part-time job (up to 20 hours per week) on or off campus.” The student and their supervisor decide on a work schedule based on how much they are awarded and the student’s schedule. Students are paid $8.75 an hour and their money is deposited directly to their bank account. There is also a page on the PSC website that explains Federal Work Study. This page tells how to qualify for work study, what to do once you have qualified, and where to find Federal Work Study jobs. It also tells what to bring for payroll processing.
PSC Job Resource
MoutaineerTRAK is the best resource for finding an on-campus Federal Work Study job. After logging on to MountaineerTRAK using your MIX username and password, simply select WVU Keyser Campus under the employer directory. This will show all available jobs on campus.
Work Study Jobs
Many work study jobs are office assistants, who complete tasks like making copies, organizing files and other basic office work. There are also more interesting positions. A student assistant for athletic training helps the athletic trainers of PSC sports teams during games and practices. Student assistants for marketing and communications write press releases and take photos for PSC public relations. Game workers work athletic events on campus for many different sports.
Student Employment Jobs
PSC also offers some interesting student employment jobs on campus. Student employment jobs pay $8.75/hour. The supervisor works with the student to determine a schedule that does not exceed 20 hours per week.
Resident Assistants are chosen through an application process at the beginning of each semester. RAs are appointed many responsibilities. These include attending activities on campus, organizing floor meetings, and completing work related duties and tasks. Moreover, they must meet academic standards at all times. RAs are compensating with a scholarship that pays for their room and board.
The Student Ambassador Program is a revamped job on campus. Student Ambassadors make calls to prospective students, answer any questions they may have, and schedule tours or meetings with the needed persons on campus. Student Ambassadors also prepare the materials for open houses, orientations and tours. They are also trained to lead tours.
Dining services offers many positions on campus, both work study and student employment jobs. Workers for dining services prepare and serve food. “The student worker positions are competitive due to the number of applicants. While no experience is necessary, we look for students with good attitudes and stress the importance of dependability,” said Brian Olden, food service manager.
The Academic Success Center hires student employees as tutors. There are also student employment jobs offered at the farms and the equine facility.
With so many work study and student employment jobs to choose from, finding the perfect one should be a breeze.