Student Employment Manual

This Student Employment Manual provides information related to hiring and working with student employees. If you are not able to find the answer to your question here, please contact MSU Student Employment.

Definition of a Student Employee

A student employee is a part-time employee who is duly enrolled at Michigan State University, is registered for classes and whose primary purpose for being at the University is the achievement of a degree or certification. During summer semester, an individual may be a student employee if s/he has been admitted/readmitted and is enrolled for summer or fall semester classes. Student employees are considered at-will employees, and their employment is interim or temporary and incidental to the pursuit of a degree or certification.

This definition excludes students who are employed as academic support personnel such as Graduate Assistants, Undergraduate Assistants, Assistant Instructors, and Academic Advisors. Questions concerning the employment of students in these categories should be directed to the Office of the Provost, the appropriate Vice President, or Dean.

Students who have graduated and are not planning to continue with another degree program, may stay on the student employee payroll until the day before the next semester begins if they are to continue working

Introduction

MSU Student Employment assists students in obtaining jobs to help defray the cost of a college education; to provide an equitable personnel-practices program; to efficiently bring together the available student work force with the jobs available; to provide students with career-related work where possible; and to provide an equal opportunity to all students seeking employment. MSU Student Employment functions include:

  • All student employee hiring;
  • Presenting workshops on various student employment-related topics;
  • Acting as a liaison to resolve student employee work-related concerns;
  • Coordinating the annual Student Employee of the Year Recognition Program;


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