Our Goals Are:

  • To exceed our students’ and employers’ expectations for our services
  • To provide a qualified, dependable, motivated work force for on and off-campus employers
  • To broaden students’ classroom education with work skills that will complement their course of study
  • To educate and assist employers in their role as student supervisors
  • To train students for their future as productive citizens, providing a foundation for effective, ethical service to others
  • To provide administrative support to employers
  • To help students refine their unique talents and explore their career options

The Student Employment center provides job opportunities to all students regardless of sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, race or creed.

Student Employment Center Responsibilities

  • Assist students in searching for jobs and submitting applications for the purpose of employment
  • Help students obtain career-related and practical work experience
  • Ensure University-wide compliance with Student Employment policies
  • Help student employees understand their responsibilities and commitment to their jobs and employers
  • Provide Orientation and training workshops for new and current employees and supervisors


  • Job Location

    • On-campus Student Employment

      What is a Student Employee?

      A student employee is any Lamar University student working an average of 19.5 hours per week. Departments pay 100% of the student’s wages. Employees are processed through the Lamar University payroll system.

      What is a Work Study Employee?

      A Lamar University student, who is awarded Work Study funding, through Financial Aid. Work Study funds pay 75% of the student wages. The employer pays 25% of the student wages benefits as applicable. Students must have work study award prior to employment under work study.

      Student Assistant

      • All students enrolled in at least six (6) hours courses during a long semester at Lamar are eligible to apply for Student Assistant positions. For summer employment intent to attend the next fall semester is all that is required.

      • Student Assistants may work up to 19.5 hours per week if enrolled in a summer sessions. If not enrolled, a Student Assistant may work up to 19.5 hours per week.

      • Student Assistants are paid by the hour or contract on a monthly basis.

      International Students

      • Must be enrolled full time for undergraduate and graduate academics guidelines

      • Have the appropriate visa to be allowed to work. For more information about visa requirements, international students should visit the International Office located in the Wimberly building.

      • Work no more than 19.5 hours over week during the fall and spring semesters.

    • Federal Work Study

      What is Work Study?

      This program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate (excluding international) students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses and reduce loan debt while subsidizing a portion of their wages. Work study DOES NOT imply that students can study at the workplace.

      Who is eligible for the Work Study Program?

      Student that complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and demonstrate “need” for financial aid are eligible. Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance (COA), other aid (AID) and the expected family contribution (EFC). If the EFC and the AID added together is not enough to cover the COA, the student is considered to have financial need. Student can obtain the work study form and further information from the Lamar University Financial Aid. Each student that is awarded will have to turn in the award letter to the employer.

      • The student is in good academic standing and is maintaining satisfactory academic progress

      • The student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis of at least six hours during the Fall/Spring semesters, or at least three semester hours during each of the summer sessions, for a total of six semester hours

      • The student is a citizen of the United States, a U.S. national, or permanent resident

      How does Work Study benefit the Employer?

      This program allows the employer to hire more people with the same amount of money. The department is required to pay a 25 % of the hourly rate offered to the student.

      What is the employment process of a Work Study?

      A new work study student must not begin work before the following has been processed:

      • The student must fill out complete work study paperwork with financial and receive the award letter

      • A complete application must be sent to Human Resource office

      • Supervisors must keep track of the funds and work hours

      PLEASE NOTE: A student’s award may change at any time. Changes to their financial aid package may require adjustments to the amount of work study funding they were originally awarded. It is the student’s responsibility to notify their employment of changes made. Students are sent notifications any time changes are made to their financial aid package.

      Students are not allowed to submit hours for time worked during scheduled classes, even if the class receives a walk. Students may not estimate hours per federal regulations. Hours may only be submitted AFTER the work is performed.

      What happens to the student's allocation if it is not used?

      Work-study Program is awarded for specific academic period either Fall/Spring. Fall/Spring award is an academic year award. This means that is the student has money left over for the Fall award the Office of Student Financial Aid will increase the Spring at their discretion. This balance MUST be utilized by the end of the Spring semester. However, a remaining award that is not earned at the time will not be carried forth into summer or the next academic year.

      Can a student have a Non College Work Study job in addition to a Work Study job?

      No. A student must choose either Work Study employment or Non College Work Study employment. Any employment that is not Work- Study is considered Non College Work Study. If a student rejects Work study for Non College Work Study, the earnings from such employment may affect future financial aid.

      NOTE: All Work Study students MUST apply each fall and submit a work study form before Spring and Summer terms. All dates regarding submission are located with the Financial Aid.

      The Work Study Program terminates a student who has earned enough to meet his or her financial need for the academic year. A student may also be terminated if no longer enrolled; if satisfactory academic progress is not maintained in the course of study; or if the minimum course load is not maintained.

  • Hire a Cardinal

    Available 24 hours a day for LU students/alumni and registered employers
  • Orientations

    PLEASE NOTE: It is highly recommended that all students attend an orientation on or before employment and continue to attend monthly workshops. All orientations and workshops provide one hour of certification for professional development. Departments can request a private orientation and workshop for employed students. Sign-up online through the Student Employment Center’s website. Workshops and orientations can be offered to individual departments. Please contact the Student Employment Center.

    Student Orientation

    • Topic Summary
      • Office Expectations
        • Motivation
        • Perspective
        • Supervisors- who are they and what do they do?
        • Punctuality
        • Confidentiality
        • Communication

    Click here for more information about workshops offered this semester

  • Supervisor Orientation

    • Available on request
  • Workshops


    Workplace Etiquette

    This workshop covers topics such as work ethic, taking responsibility, and basic customer service. Workplace etiquette can have a great impact on the atmosphere of a workplace. A workplace where employees have poor etiquette can create a negative environment where employees are always in conflict with each other and productivity is low. A workplace where employees practice good etiquette can be a place where employees thrive professionally.

    Telephone Courtesy

    This workshop covers basic telephone interaction, dealing with irate callers, transferring calls, holding calls, and taking effective messages.

    Controlling Anger and Angry People in the Workplace

    This workshop advises student employees on how to deal with your own anger and with dealing with angry people in the workplace.

    How to spend your dollar!

    This workshop is designed to assist students in developing and maintaining a sensible budget. It will help students identify financial resources and learn about credit, both good and bad. Presented by Daniella Murphy, McNairs Scholars.

    Finding a Balance

    This workshop combines Time Management and Combating Procrastination. This workshop assists student employees in understanding the nature and value of time management (and redefining it) as well as explaining the problems with procrastination and reasons why people procrastinate. It also offers student employees a chance to become aware of whether or not they are procrastinators and discusses the benefits of overcoming procrastination.

    Quality Customer Service

    This workshop has been designed to assist students in providing the knowledge and skills needed to have excellent customer service in the workplace. Customer service is meeting the needs and expectations of the customer as defined by the customer.

    Professional behavior at the workplace and in the classroom

    This workshop displays how to bridge your behavior, attitude and discipline at work to adhere in the classroom. Understanding skills and knowledge in the workplace can relate to everyday activities. You will leave knowing how to expand your experience at work to your personal life.

    Supervisor Workshops

    All workshops dates and times will be announced

    Work Study Basics- Deborah Guillory

    This workshop has been designed for payroll supervisors and supervisors of work study students. The workshop will cover all aspects of college work study, including payroll procedures, rules, and regulations.

    Student Employee Performance Reviews

    This workshop has been designed to examine the purpose for evaluating employees, to discuss considerations in performance reviews, and to cover common elements evaluated.

    Express Interviewing

    This workshop has been designed to assist hiring supervisors in maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of student employee interviews. As well as, touch on exit interviews.

    Supervising Students

    How can you set clear expectations for student employees? What information should be covered through orientation and training? In what areas should you be evaluating your students? How do you handle disciplinary issues that arise? Specific tools will be shared that can be modified for any student position. If you are a new supervisor or want an effective system to streamline your process, this workshop is for you!

  • Resume and Interview Consultations

    Our office offers resume and interviewing consultations for students and alumni. You may utilize these services by contacting our career consultants or making an appointment with our office. Please visit our Career Consultants page for more information.

  • Newsletters

  • Student Employee Acknowledgment

    National Student Employee of the Year Award

    The Student Employment Center highly encourages all departments to show appreciation and take on efforts for their employed students.

    As part of this effort, each supervisor is encouraged to nominate one outstanding student within their department. The Nomination process begins in January followed by the award ceremony in February. The Lamar University recipient is nominated to the regional level and the regional level is then nominated to the national level.

    • Eligibility
      • Students must be employed for at least 3 months
      • Students must have at least a GPA of 2.5

    • Nominations
      • Write a letter of nomination: name, Lamar ID, department and length of employment. Please describe Reliability, Quality of work, Initiative, Attitude, Professionalism and Uniqueness of Contribution
    • Acknowledgment
      • The Department will receive a plaque to display for the year until the following award ceremony. The Department and supervisor will receive Acknowledgment for promoting student development.

    Submit all Nominations by Deadline as announced

    The nominations forms are available on the Student Employment Center website as well as all announcements to enter nominations will be announced via email and campus mail.

    For more inquiries, please contact the Student Employment Center at 409-880-8884

    National Student Appreciation Week

    The second full week of April each year, Lamar University joins the National Student Employment Association, the Southern Association of Student Employment Administers and hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation in celebrating National Student Employment Week.

    We value are student employees for the multitude of roles they fill in our offices, as well as the contributions they make to our establishments. This week gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for these contributions, and the juncture to draw awareness of the influences student employees make in our day to day operations.

    • How can you celebrate?
      • Create your own celebration award
      • Take your student employees to lunch or have it catered
      • Create a “goodie” bag or basket (finals preparation!)
      • Have a secret pal during the week
      • Create a bulletin board honoring the students and take pictures to display them
      • White elephant game

  • Disclaimer

    LU Student Employment Center resources are provided free of charge to employers and to student job seekers. All hiring and compensation for work performed by student employees is handled directly between the student and the employer. The Student Employment Center does not perform background checks on students applying for jobs, nor on employers posting job opportunities. Employers and students are encouraged to request reference information from each other as needed to establish qualifications, credentials and overall fit between the employer and the student applicant.

    All job listings are posted at the discretion of the Student Employment Center. We will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. The Student Employment Center also reserves the right to refuse to post jobs that do not support the interests of the University.

    The Student Employment Center makes no particular recommendations regarding employers. We make no representations or guarantees about positions posted by this office. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment. Students are urged to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting private, off-campus employment. Student Employment staff members are available for consultation on how to research prospective employers.

    For additional information regarding this disclaimer, contact the Student Employment Center at 409-880-8884 or careerandtestingcenter@lamar.edu