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The Career Development Center is dedicated to helping students fulfill the lifelong pursuit of purpose by providing services, access to information, resources, and experiences that address individual career needs.

Part-Time & Summer Jobs

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On-Campus Job Options

  • Work-Study - Positions are on- and off-campus. To apply, you must meet certain financial requirements. Students should go to the Financial Aid Office, Moot Hall 230, to determine their eligibility. Search for both on-campus and community work-study jobs on ORCA.

  • Student Assistant - Departments hire students for non-work-study positions. Go to the departments you are interested in working for and inquire if they are hiring student assistants. Some student assistant positions can also be found on ORCA. The CDC website has links to additional on-campus opportunities such as the Library, Student Union and Dining Services.

Off-Campus Job Options

  • The CDC lists part-time jobs on the web through ORCA. There are many additional sites on the web that advertise for part-time jobs.

  • Many employers do not post jobs on the internet, they wait for students to contact them. Call, visit or send a cover letter and resume to each employer. On the CDC website you can find a directory of part-time employers around and near Buffalo State who may hire students part-time.

  • Remember to tell friends, family and acquaintances that you are looking for a part-time job. They may know about a job or refer you to someone who might be hiring.

  • Job Fairs - The Part-Time Job Luau is held at the beginning of the fall semester with employers looking to hire students for part-time jobs on and off campus. The Luau is a casual & fun event. Check the CDC website for additional job fairs.

  • Employers Visiting Campus - Employers looking to hire students part-time set up information tables in the Campbell Student Union or Classroom Building lobby throughout the year. See what employers are visiting campus.

Applying for Jobs

  • Follow application instructions listed in the job posting. Does it require a cover letter, resume or an application? Fill out all application materials completely! Employers will be looking to see how well you follow directions.

  • Create a resume. (See resume samples or attend a Resume Writing Workshop.)

  • Write a separate cover letter for each organization to which you apply.(See cover letter samples or attend a CDC Cover Letter Writing Workshop.)

  • Have your resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a CDC counselor.

  • Remember to follow-up all applications, resumes and possible leads by contacting them by telephone, email, writing another letter, or perhaps visiting the organization. (See a sample of a follow-up letter). Be assertive - just because you have not heard from an employer, does not mean they are not interested.

The Interview

  • An interview may be conducted over the telephone or in person.

  • Attend a CDC Interview Workshop or the CDC website to learn how to interview professionally.

  • Be able to talk about the things you are good at. Give examples of how you used your skills to benefit your previous employer(s).

  • It is very important to dress appropriately for an in-person interview (even for a part-time job).

  • Write a thank you letter within 24 hours of the interview, even if the interview was short or over the telephone.

Other Options

  • Volunteer - Volunteering is a good option if you are looking to gain experience related to your career objective or to test possible career choices. ORCA also lists volunteer opportunities in addition to part-time jobs.

  • Internships- An internship is usually non-paid work experience for which you may or may not receive college credit. Some organizations do offer paid internships; these may also be called "co-op" experiences. The CDC and your academic department have resources to help you locate internships. Check with your department regarding internship policies.