Student employment at Saint Martin's University
Most people go to college so they can eventually get a higher-paying and
satisfying career. But to get to that point, most students need to work
at least in the summers if not year-round. These jobs are important for
the combination of money, experience, work ethic, and relationships they
provide. When you graduate, however, you’re ready for a career—not a
job. Your undergraduate work experience will help you develop the skills
and connections that are critical to securing a career after college.
The world of work you encounter, both part-time jobs and careers, holds
many challenges and rewards. By being prepared, you can be sure to
As both a student and an employee, you are a valuable member of our
campus community. We rely heavily on Student Employees to help provide a
fast and efficient service to the student body. We hope you enjoy your
experience working at Saint Martin's and that you have an opportunity to
develop work habits, skills, and contacts that will serve you well in
your professional life.
Determining your employment needs
Students on campus may be awarded through their financial aid
package a work study grant. It can be one of two types, federal
or state work study. Each requires different actions and support
from Financial Aid and the Career Center. Students that do not
qualify for work study grants will be seeking non-work study (or
Federal work study
This program is funded through the federal government, and the
award appears on the financial aid package if a student has demonstrated
financial need. This is awarded to students that are in their freshman
or sophomore year in college. This funding does not credit the student
account, so it should not be counted toward the bill when trying to
determine the balance due for any given semester. This funding is
available for students to earn by working a part time job on campus.
Jobs can range from working in the athletic department, to working in
academic or administrative offices. Additional information is available
on Federal Work Study.
State work study
This program is funded through the Higher Education Board of
Washington. This is awarded to students that are in their junior or
senior year in college and has a need for financial assistance. This is
a program allows students to gain job experience in the field they would
like to work in after graduation. With the state work study program,
students at SMU are hired by off campus employers who are reimbursed by
the state for a percentage of the wages paid to the student. This
funding does not credit the student account, so it should not be counted
toward the bill when trying to determine the balance due for any given
semester. The funding is available to students to earn by working a part
time job off campus. Additional information is available on
State Work Study.
International students are eligible for on-campus
employment only. Additional information is available on
Financial aid support
All of the funding and paper work is handled through Financial
Aid. Once a student has been awarded work study, depending on the type,
and a job has been secured, financial aid requires additional paperwork.
If you have any addition questions about your grant or paper work please
contact financial aid in 245, at
or call 360-438-4397 or toll free 800-368-8803.
Career Center support
The Career Center partners with
employers when it comes to connecting with students about part-time
jobs, full-time jobs, and internships. We facilitate these connections
in a number of different ways—job postings, career fairs, on-campus
interviewing, and more. All on-campus and off-campus jobs are posted on
Saints4Hire. With State work study there are many companies that don't
have work study contracts but if a student is interested in working for
them we can help make contacts. Most on-campus and off-campus employers
ask for a resume to apply. We are more than happy to offer our services
to help create or edit a resume or cover letter.
Please note: Being awarded work study doesn't
guarantee a job. Both programs students are responsible for researching
and securing employment. Once employed students are paid a paycheck by
their employer and pay dates vary from organization to organization.
This money will not be applied toward the bill; it can be used by the
student for personal and miscellaneous expenses. Students are not
required to use the work study awarded, but this funding will not be
replaced by any other financial aid if declined or simply not used