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Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5636

Employment Opportunities

Many students are interested in working while they are attending college. Missouri State University offers several ways to assist students who are seeking employment.

Federal Work Study

This is a federally funded program which provides part-time jobs to students while they are in school. Students receive an award, which is a promised opportunity to work enough hours to earn the amount awarded. Jobs are chosen by students to provide work and learning opportunities which complement and reinforce their educational program. Most students earn minimum wage and work 8-12 hours per week. Students are paid semi-monthly for the number of hours worked in the previous month. Students applying for federal work-study, as well as other types of aid, should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form can be accessed and filed by logging online to http://fafsa.ed.gov

Student Employment Services

The Office of Student Employment Services has developed a Job Locator and Development Program which offers a variety of part-time positions available to Missouri State students. Employment opportunities are both on-campus and off-campus. Positions are available in banking, clerical, labor, retail sales or computer-related fields.

On-campus employers include the Library, Annual Giving, Hammons Student Center and the Bookstore. Off-campus employers include Bass Pro Shop, Empire Bank, and O’Reilly Automotive. Each year, approximately 3,000 job referrals are accessed by qualified students on our web based Job System. Out of these referrals, about 25 percent are hired for positions related to their academic major. The majority of the other applicants found jobs of interest. The best time for first-time freshmen to begin looking for employment would be the first week of classes.

Student Employment Services is the designated office which coordinates university volunteer services. This office provides a clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities in Springfield and the surrounding area.

The Office of Student Employment Services provides many services for students seeking employment or volunteer opportunities. Students are encouraged to visit the automated job system at www.missouristate.edu/studentemp as soon as they receive their Missouri State user ID and password. This will start their job search and referral process. For more information students may drop by the office located in Shannon Residence Hall, Room 113 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by calling 417-836-JOBS (5627).

Career Center

Career Services at Missouri State provides students the opportunity to obtain work experience related to their career interests. Through internships and cooperative education experiences, students learn first-hand what it is like to work in their field. Plus they are able to earn credit for the experience and probably receive a salary.

Internships vary as much as the students who fill them. Some students work in Southwest Missouri on a part-time basis while they are full-time students at Missouri State. Some students work full-time-often outside of Springfield-one semester and then go to school full-time the next semester. Finally, some students prefer interning during the summer. These positions may be located anywhere in the world. All of these experiences give students a taste of the work world and an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Most employers who hire recent graduates expect them to have relevant work experience, and often the only way for students to achieve this is through an internship or cooperative education experience. The benefits of such an experience are significant:

  • Professional work experience that will have positive affects on future job searches
  • Opportunities to establish and/or confirm career interest and goals
  • Income while attending school
  • Occasions to network with professionals in the same field
  • Potential permanent position with the employer after the student graduates
  • Academic credit
  • Personal and professional growth

The Career Center also provides formal career counseling with a wide variety of assessments and inventories; job search training; graduate school application assistance; interview preparation; and assistance with job search materials, such as resumes, cover letters, thank-you letters, and portfolios.

To learn more about participating and gaining valuable work experience, contact the Career Center, Carrington 309, at (417) 836-5636, or find us on the Web at http://careercenter.missouristate.edu.