Student Employment and Career Services

Where can I get a job to help me pay for college? What career should I pursue? What businesses are hiring? These are questions our students think about while attending the University of North Texas. The Career Center, located in Chestnut Hall, offers numerous services to help you find a job while at UNT and beyond.

On-campus and off-campus employment

Many students work part time or full time while in college and find positions through the center. On-campus jobs include:

  • Aerobics or swimming instructors
  • Assistants in computer labs or the libraries
  • Cashiers, cooks or dishwashers in residence hall cafeterias
  • Clerical jobs in academic departments or non-academic areas such as the registrar’s office
  • Desk clerks or resident assistants in residence halls
  • Lifeguards
  • Referees for intramural sports

If you decide to work on campus, we recommend scheduling classes so you have three to four hours available during the day. This allows you to work 15 to 20 hours per week. Some departments are flexible with your schedule, but others may prefer you work in the morning, mid-day or afternoons.

Many restaurants, retail shops and other businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth region hire students if you prefer to work off campus.

Job openings are advertised on the Eagle Network, which is available to all students. We also sponsor part-time job fairs each August and January.

Work study opportunities

Work study jobs are partially funded by the state or federal government and awarded based on financial need. To qualify for these positions, you need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet necessary requirements.

Typically, students in these positions work 10 to 20 hours a week on campus and earn an hourly wage. A typical award is $4,000 per nine-month academic period. This award doesn’t guarantee a job on campus, but makes you a more desirable candidate to hire. More information about these positions is available by contacting the Career Center or the financial aid office.

Federal work study guidelines prohibit students from working during scheduled class time.

Career exploration and advising

Our career advisors provide assistance in researching employment fields and landing your first job. Career advising includes help with:

  • Career transitions
  • Interviewing
  • Job search strategies
  • Networking
  • Résumé and cover letter writing
  • Salary negotiation

The center also houses an online library containing career exploration and job search materials and online career guidance programs. A computer lab is available for producing your résumé and researching:

  • Employers
  • Employment opportunities
  • Salary surveys
  • Supply and demand trend surveys

Each semester, more than 300 employers attend career fairs that we host on campus. An additional job fair for teaching careers is held in the spring.

Seminars on career and employment topics are offered in classroom settings and in the center year round. A job shadowing program is offered to students who want first-hand experience in a specific career. Mock interview days are held twice a year for students to practice interviewing with employers.

Additional resources

Exploring majors and careers courses

UCRS 1300 and UCRS 2100 are courses that inform you about majors and careers that correlate with your abilities, interests and values. More information about these courses is available in our our catalog.

Counseling and Testing Services

You can talk to a vocational counselor and take additional written career assessments to determine the careers that fit your interests, abilities and personality. For more information, visit Counseling and Testing Services.