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Part-time job tips

To Work or Not to Work?

The multiple demands of classes, activities, and work can be stressful. Consider the following tips:

  • Explore opportunities for exposure and experience in a career interest area.
  • Begin with fewer hours to allow adjustment to college and a new schedule.
  • Put academics first and commit to work hours you know you can manage.
  • Seek positions that will build references and professional contacts.
  • Seek employers who offer flexible hours and will support your commitment to your academics.

Where to Look for a Part-Time Job

Find openings on-campus and in the community by activating your Handshake account.

Each K-State department manages its own hiring. If you are interested in working in a certain department, contact that department directly to learn about potential opportunities. You may also want to consider applying directly with some of the largest on-campus employers:

  • Housing and Dining Services has 800 student positions (students, staff, receptionists, mail clerks, food service workers, custodians, and painters). Email housing@ksu.edu or call (785) 532-6453.
  • Bramlage Coliseum hires 350 students (ushers, ticket takers, security staff, clean-up workers, and stage hands). Stop by the Bramlage office to apply or call (785) 532-7600.
  • K-State Student Union employs 350 students (food court, catering, bookstore, recreation, and maintenance). Call (785) 532-6577 for information.
  • Facilities employs 150 students (moving, hauling, grounds). Apply at 109 Dykstra Hall or call (785) 532-6373.
  • Hale Library has 50-60 student positions (general clerical, patron service, computer support, shelving books and reference support).  Visit the library's website for further information, a current job listing, and an online application. 
  • Animal Sciences employs about 150 students (Call Hall Dairy Bar, 17 labs and 10 research units) annually. For information about student positions please check for openings on Handshake first, otherwise you can go to the Animal Sciences & Industry webpage for more information.
  • Department of Biology employs 150 students. Apply at Room 232 Ackert Hall or call (785) 532-6615.
  • Department of Agronomy hires 100 student employees (lab workers, mowing, painting, and field work). Applications available in Room 2004 Throckmorton Hall or call (785) 532-6101.
  • Information Technology Services employs 85 students (office assistants, help desk staff, application developers, and other technology positions). Go to http://www.k-state.edu/its/employment for additional information.


K-State students also find employment in a wide variety of organizations in the greater Manhattan, Kansas area. Some places to consider include:

  • Restaurants
  • Discount and grocery stores
  • Manhattan Town Center
  • Businesses in Aggieville and the Downtown Business District
  • Child care organizations
  • Convenience shops
  • Medical offices
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Landscaping and construction
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