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Clark’s undergraduate student employment program provides opportunities for you to gain professional experience by working in a variety of departments on campus and in the local community. In these workplace settings, you can make use of your talents while you acquire new skills that will help you prepare for life after Clark.

June: Join Handshake!

All on-campus employment positions are posted on Handshake, Clark’s job, internship, and volunteer opportunity portal. If you have not already done so, activate your Handshake account and complete your profile this summer. You will not be able to view or apply for on-campus employment without a Handshake account. Check back often through July and August, as more jobs are added daily.

Mid-June 20 through July 1: Begin working on your resume and cover letter

Resumes are required to apply for on-campus employment, and many on-campus positions also require a cover letter. Start working on your resume and cover letter(s) early in the summer to ensure you have enough time to complete your application materials and have them reviewed by the Career Development team before fall on-campus employment positions are posted in Handshake.

July 1 through August 9: Upload your resume to Handshake for review

The Career Development team is here to help you make your application(s) as competitive as possible! Upload your documents (resume and cover letter) to Handshake by August 9 to have them reviewed and edited before applying for on-campus employment. Within 1-3 weekdays of your submission, Handshake will notify you via your Clark email address once you receive suggested edits from Career Development.

Mid-July through late August: Search for and apply to on-campus employment openings

Most departments post their student employment positions on Handshake in July and August. Since new positions are posted daily, you will want to check back often to find the on-campus job that best fits your interests.

To find on-campus jobs, go to the “Jobs” tab in Handshake. Then click the “Filters” button and choose “On-campus.”

Submit your applications early! Most on-campus positions are filled by the second week of classes, so don’t wait to send in your applications.

Late August through early September: Keep applying until you are contacted

Many hiring managers begin reviewing applications starting in mid-late August. If you are a final candidate for a position, a hiring manager will contact you to schedule an interview. Please be patient and wait for the hiring manager to contact you.

In the meantime:

  • Keep applying to positions that interest you
  • Go to the on-campus employment fair on August 23
  • Consider searching for local off-campus jobs in Handshake
  • Come to the Career Development drop-in hours (noon to 4 p.m. weekdays in the ASEC lobby) to get further feedback on your application materials and consider other employment options

For questions:

To find a job on campus, please see the “How to Find a Job” timeline above.

  • Please also use the resources in the tab below to prepare your application materials.

Be sure to get feedback on your resume and cover letters prior to applying for any positions! This will help you be as competitive as possible.

To get helpful feedback on your resume and cover letters:

  • Log on to Handshake and upload your document(s).
  • The Career Development team will review your documents within 1 to 3 days and either approve your document or send you suggestions to polish them.

For questions:

Working on campus? The Student Employment Handbook outlines everything you need to know, including the paperwork you will need to get hired, how you will be paid, and performance expectations on the job.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT HANDBOOK