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Student Employment

The McFarland Student Union employs over 30 student employees in a variety of part-time positions. Student employees enjoy a flexible schedule and convenient location to work on campus. Student employees work in the student union seven days a week in the semester and are the chief operating workforce of the union. On average, employees work approximately 10 hours per week and 3-4 weekends per semester.

Students are encouraged to apply any time during the semester, however; the bulk of the hiring occurs towards the end of each semester in preparation for the upcoming semester. All new hires are trained before the start of the semester and monthly staff meetings are held to provide updated information and additional training to student staff. 

Student Employee and Leadership Opportunities:

  • Information Desk Assistant: Assists customers on the phone and in person with various service requests.
  • Office Assistant: Assists the Office Manager with clerical duties and support.
  • Building Assistant: Opens the McFarland Student Union, prepares rooms for events and conducts building rounds.
  • Building Manager: Manages student employees and operations on weekends/evenings; closes the McFarland Student Union.
  • Production Crew Assistant: Provides sound, lighting and audio-visual support for performances.
  • Art Gallery Manager: Coordinates the selection, installation, and opening of all gallery shows in the Student Union Art Gallery.
  • Graphic Designer: Designs multiple advertisement pieces for the Student Union as a whole and assists with the design elements for the MSU Website.
  • Webmaster: Maintains the Student Union website in both technical & creative aspects.
  • Graduate Assistant: Oversees various operational, programmatic and supervisory functions of the building.
  • Graduate Office Assistant: Manages the daily functions of the office (*not a graduate assistantship).

To apply for a Student Employee position:

  • Download an application (PDF requires Adobe Acrobat) or
  • Pick up an application at the Information Desk or in McFarland Student Union 274.
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Priority consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrate a solid work ethic, high academic standards, and teamwork. 
  • If you are selected for an interview, a representative will contact you to schedule an appointment
  • All positions require a minimum of a 2.25 cumulative GPA, except the Building Manager position, which requires a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 
  • Building assistants and building managers must be able to lift and move furniture and equipment between 35-50 lbs. 


  • "Working at the MSU has given me the opportunity to be a leader and work on a team. Working with the staff this semester has given me plenty of learning opportunitites and I look forward to continuing to work next year." - Tyler Eberts, Building Assistant 
  • "Working as a building assistant has been a great opportunity. I've met a lot of really great friends this past year with the MSU family. Not only that, but the job gives you a lot of varied experiencs working with both technology and on a customer-service level that help keep you well -rounded as a person." - Jeremy Caruso, Building Assistant and Graphic Designer
  • "A good worker is someone who can think on their feet and is always prepared. Working at the MSU helped me to develop these skills and more. Working here as part of a team has been such a rewarding experience. The MSU has allowed me to make social and professional connections as well as expand my knowledge of KU as a community and a University." - Emily Aicher, Art Gallery Coordinator