Tips for finding student employment

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Gateway Student Success Center provide these tips, to help you navigate the employment process.

Understanding Federal Work Study (FWS) and Student Wage Positions

With both positions, students receive a paycheck every two weeks from their employer. Students use the earnings for personal expenses, to pay bills, or for pocket money. The university does not dictate how the money is spent, and it is not automatically applied to the student’s NAU charges.

To be eligible for Federal Work Study positions, students must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file and show financial need. If a student is eligible, the FWS financial aid award shows on the student’s financial aid award letter and on the student’s LOUIE account online.

Set up your Jobs for Jacks account 

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the back for this page to set up your account and profile. Wait 24-48 hours for your account to be activated. Once your account is activated, you will be able to update your profile and search for positions posted by employers on and off campus.

Check for job postings on Jobs for Jacks regularly  

Visit the Gateway Career Services Center

You can receive assistance with your Jobs for Jacks account, job search strategies, and interview skills.

Keep an eye out for job postings at departmental office and on message boards across campus

You may contact the departmental offices by email or phone during the summer and throughout the academic year to ask if they are accepting applications. 

Keep looking throughout the year

As student schedules and graduation dates change, positions may open.

Don’t rule out off campus employment

There are a variety of businesses and community agencies that are eager to hire students. Through a partnership with NAU, the Museum of Northern Arizona, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County are able to hire NAU students who have been awarded FWS funding. The College of Education’s America Reads program is another great FWS program for student employees.

Be open to different types of work

You will gain a new skill set and have more opportunities for personal and professional growth if you work in an area apart from your major. For example, a business major might consider giving campus tours to improve his/her public speaking skills.


Contact information

Financial Aid 

Student Employment

Gateway Student Success Center