At Kean University, there are multiple job opportunities for students to take advantage of, whether they live on campus or commute. There are many options, depending on what works best for the students schedule and some even offer credit towards graduation. Together we will explore those jobs and find out what it takes to apply to these positions.
Students can find some of these job opportunities in places such as the Miron Student Center (MSC) and the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS).
The MSC is a focal point for many campus organizations and activities that Kean holds for students and staff. Along with office spaces and meeting rooms, MSC offers a game room, food court, Cougar’s Den, Smashburger, Auntie, Anne’s Pretzels, Outtakes convenience store and the Little Theater. All places that Kean students can work for part time while earning credits towards their degree.
Director of MSC, Kerrin Lyles explained, “During our students' tenure within the MSC, we work with them to develop and enhance their skills in the following areas: Customer Service, Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking, Team Building and Management & Leadership.”
Inside the MSC building, is also CLS, which is committed to developing students to become actively engaged in their community. The center also helps students in planning and participating in a wide variety of activities outside the classroom that will aid in their academic experience.
The following job opportunities are associated with CLS:
Federal Work Study (FWS)
Community and Volunteer Services
Managing Assistant Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement, Susan Figueroa explained, “CLS hires on a rolling basis. That means that we pull applications whenever we have the need for student staff in the various areas mentioned above. We currently are still looking at service specialists, customer service specialists and involvement specialists positions for the end of the semester and the fall. Our office is also recruiting for Jumpstart which is an AmeriCorps program that prepares Kean students to support preschool literacy skills in underserved communities.”
Jumpstart is a national early education program that trains college students to teach preschool students in low-income neighborhoods. The curriculum helps these children develop their language and literacy skills that they need to be ready for kindergarten. Jumpstart Corps members work part time, 8-10 hours per week, during the school year. Students can contact Caroline Antonio, at email@example.com or Niksha Davis, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on applying.
FWS is off campus, part-time employment, for students with financial needs (as determined by FAFSA). What students earn during these jobs is intended to help meet their costs of education, encouraging students to participate in community service work or work related to their field of study. Students will be paid on an hourly basis and can work up to 20 hours a week. The program is for both graduate and undergraduate students. Work-Study applications are available at the Office of Financial Aid.
Center for Leadership and Services (CLS) goal is to build a sense of leadership and service in the Kean community through Community and Volunteer Services. The center encourages active citizenship from the students who participate and orchestrate the events they volunteer for. Students can record their service hours in CougarLink to have them on their co-curricular transcripts.
“I want all student staff to gain skills such as better presentation skills, organizational skills, writing skills, leadership skills etc. I want them to better develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our goal is to develop students’ skills to better prepare them for leadership roles at Kean University and beyond.” Figueroa said.
“Our goal is that by working in the MSC our students are gaining skills that they will be able to use in their future careers.”, Lyles expressed.
If students are interested in applying or getting more information on any of these employment opportunities, they can check out this website.
In addition to seeking other departments that are hiring throughout the university on Workday. Students can log in using their Kean credentials and click on the Career Icon.