On Campus Jobs
There are many opportunities for on-campus employment. Think about the type of experience you want and the skills you wish to develop. Explore Western’s website to understand the different services, faculties and departments where you may find student employees. Also consider asking your friends, professors, and departments for ideas of where you might work on campus that would align with your goals.
Below is a list of on-campus departments who have hired students in the past. We recommend that you contact these departments directly since employment needs change regularly. This list is not exhaustive and it is not a list of departments with available jobs; this is a list of departments who have hired students in the past. Many departments will hire in February for the following fall, so start early!
International Students: The International and Exchange Student Centre provides helpful information about working on campus and in Canada here.
Tips on contacting services, faculties and departments
- Be professional (e.g. dress business casual, avoid jargon and slang in both face to face and written communication, make eye contact, smile, be respectful of the other person’s time) and explain why you are contacting them
- If they are hiring, ask to see the job description to determine if you have the necessary skills
- Find out how they would like you to apply (for example, by dropping off your resume, filling in an online application, or sending an email)
- If there are no positions available, ask if they know when they anticipate hiring again and when you should contact them
- If you are interested in a specific academic subject, approach that department to find out if they have any opportunities for you
Your contact might sound like this
“Hello. My name is . . . I am a student in (year, program). I notice that you have a variety of students who work in your department, and I was wondering if you will be hiring any more students for this year. . . .”
If the answer is no, “Is there a typical time of year when you hire students? When do you suggest that I check back with you? Would you be aware of any other departments that may be hiring students in this area?” (e.g. research, retail, customer service, etc)
If the answer is yes, “I wonder what the next steps would be if I were interested in applying for a position.” Don’t forget to ask about the application process and deadline.
If you are looking for help with your resume and cover letter, please visit Western’s Employment Resource Centre (WERC) in the UCC 210. For questions about searching for a job you can make an appointment with a Career Counsellor, stop by The Student Success Centre in Room 210, UCC or call 519-661-3559.
Good luck in your job search!
List of departments who have hired students (This is not a list of departments with available jobs)
- Academic Departments – check with the administrative office for academic departments on campus.
- Affiliate University Colleges – Brescia, Huron and King’s University Colleges
- Campus Recreation - Campus Recreation is the largest student employer on campus, hiring over 350 students each year. Students work part-time in a variety of positions: Membership Services associates, intramural sport officials, league coordinators, lifeguards, aerobic instructors, and personal trainers
- CareerCentral - Click on the “Jobs” tab, then click the “Employer” heading to alphabetize employers, scroll down to The University of Western Ontario and The Student Success Centre.
- Computer Services, Information Technology Services
- Graphic Services
- Housing – hires students for front desk clerks
- Hospitality Services - Hires dynamic and innovative individuals who are customer service-oriented to join our award-winning team of professionals.
- University Community Centre – various retail/food service outlets in the UCC
- Work Study Positions - Western’s Work Study program offers an opportunity for students to work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies. To qualify students must demonstrate genuine financial need.
- Writing Support Centre - Hires students and professionals as new writing instructors, tutors, or administrative assistants
- Working at Western
- Staff Positions
Maintained by Western’s Human Resources Department, this site provides information on administrative staff (non-academic) career opportunities and enables interested candidates to apply for these positions online.
- Faculty Positions
Maintained by Western’s Faculty Relations Office, this site provides information on all current academic career opportunities, including full-time faculty appointments, part-time faculty appointments (limited duties), and librarian/archivist appointments.