At Albion, we believe it is our responsibility to facilitate every student’s journey toward finding their purpose. One way that students discover this direction in life is to work while in college. As a residential college, we can and do provide developmental work opportunities students can connect to their academic and career goals. As students return to campus, we always hear “how can I get a campus job.” To meet this responsibility, particularly in this particular moment, we are building a new Albion Internship and Mentoring (AIM) Network.
Albion must grow the opportunities we provide for students to have meaningful work experiences that prepare them for the workplace of tomorrow, and increase Albion College’s value proposition. Beginning the fall of 2020, the AIM Network is being introduced to increase student learning outcomes of student employees on the Albion College Campus, and encourage everyone to think creatively about how to put our talented students to work. The push for meaningful student employment is not new. In fact, the Federal Work Study program encourages institutions to make work “suitable to the scheduling and other needs of the student and [it] must, to the maximum extent practicable, complement and reinforce the educational programs or vocational goals of the student.”
Please use the Find On-Campus Jobs page to learn how to search for positions, complete your paperwork, and complete timesheet entries
All campus jobs will require a job and learning outcomes descriptions with the goal that we will provide a strong professional work experience for your student employees. Departments are encouraged to think both about specific skills and about the transferable skills that all employers seek in new hires. We also encourage you to create a tiered student employment system where students increase their responsibilities as they move through their college years. This is a win-win for students and the College, as it builds talent and allows students to play greater roles to support you and your work.
Please make sure that you have an approved job description and learning plan for each position or the funding could be in jeopardy for this position. The Career and Internship Center will be assisting with training efforts and we can provide you with assistance when needed. Job description templates and learning plan outlines for you to adapt as a way to help move this process forward are available. You are encouraged to develop a tiered student employment system to increase student expectations as they gain experience. This program is an example of how Albion College will set itself apart from other higher education institutions.
Jobs will be posted on Handshake. In the past, many offices were hiring through their informal networks of students. These offices will be encouraged to post their positions through Handshake. If an office requests additional funding for student employees, they will be required to post these positions on Handshake to reach a broader group of students.
To promote an atmosphere of professionalism from the very beginning of the process, offices are expected to interview candidates. The interviewing office should require resumes of all candidates. This sets the expectation that this is a professional position and helps to prepare students for future job applications.
There will be two components of the on-boarding and training process:
Offices are expected to develop a plan for tiered student employment. As a student progresses through their college career, they will be more capable of dealing with higher levels of complexity and responsibility. Students that have received professional training and mentoring might also supervise and train other student employees. This tiered system will provide students with the professional skills necessary for the professional workplace.
In order for departments to receive funding or remain eligible to spend student employee funding, learning goals must be articulated. This will be completed separately from the existing process of notifying HR of your intent to hire students. Once you have submitted the basic information for your position through the HR approval, you will be required to submit details of the duties, learning goals, and assessment plan before your positions are approved.
There are two main areas of learning outcomes expected. However, this process can be flexible. The most important consideration is that students are being evaluated and prompted to build on strengths while improving in other areas to promote employability.
All positions must have a plan to assess learning. While departments will have their own plans to assess learning, they will be expected to complete some standard evaluations considered important for all college student employees. An evaluation of the NACE Career Readiness Competencies will be available and required for all students to be completed at the end of each semester.
We are committed to assisting the campus community and its students in the employment process. We strive to serve the college courteously, efficiently, and in all areas of student employment. If you have any questions about Student Employment, please contact the following offices: