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**For this employment, state law requires a state and national criminal history background check as a condition of employment.

Review the following list of current vacancies and contact those departments that have vacancies for which you are qualified.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you are eligible for Student Employment, call (270)745-5513.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.
The following departments have online applications that can be submitted directly to their departments:
Housing and Residence Life:
IT HelpDesk:
Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities center: 
WKU Libraries:
WKU Health Services:


Summer 2015 Vacancies


Undergraduate Research Assistant

$7500/year, 20 hours/week academic semesters, 36 hours/week summer
Beginning: ASAP
Number of Positions: 2
Work Schedule: TBA
Required Skills: Chemistry laboratory experience necessary. Organic chemistry laboratory experience best. These are grant-support positions for chemistry and closely allied majors. MS candidate positions also are available. Full time summer research appointments can be worth $4000.
Applicants must be enrolled in the Sciences.
If interested, please contact


Graphic Design Student Worker

$7.25/hour (or based on prior experience)

Hours per week: Summer: 25-35; Fall 2015: 12-20

Beginning: May 2015

Number of Positions: 2

Work Schedule: Mostly Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM.

Job Description: The student worker will create marketing materials that will be circulated across 22 campuses in KY, IN, TN, and WV. Target audience approximately 200,000 students and faculty. Design pieces include posters, rack cards, pamphlets, etc. for print as well as digital media designs of KIIS marketing and promotional items.

Required Skills: Competence with Adobe CS4 or above (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator). Able to multi-task and meet time-sensitive project deadlines. Creative designer with great attention to details. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a team.

Interested students in the graphic design position should have at least one faculty reference. Email resume with 3 references and at least two graphic design pieces to For questions, call 270-745-2187. The KIIS office is located WKU’s Tate Page Hall, room 129.


Social Media Student Worker

$7.25 per hour (or based on prior experience)

Hours per week: Summer: 10-20; Fall: 10-15

Beginning: May 2015

Work Schedule: Mostly Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Job Description: The Social Media Student Worker will be responsible for KIIS’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other media outlets. Target audience is 200,000 students and faculty across 22 campuses in KY, TN, IN, and WV. Student will create content and interact with other students, faculty, and parents on KIIS social media sites (including conducting research for content). Student will also assist with the KIIS photo contests.

Required Skills: Able to multi-task and meet time-sensitive project deadlines. Highly organized and shows great attention to detail. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as a team. Some experience creating event flyers with Photoshop, InDesign, or MS Office.

Interested students in the Social Media position should have at least one faculty reference. Email resume with 3 references to Please also submit two creative, written and/or digital pieces that highlight student’s visual or written skills. For questions, call 270-745-2187. The KIIS office is located WKU’s Tate Page Hall, room 129.


Fall 2015 Vacancies


IEM Student Graphic Designer

$9.00 per hour and 20 hours per week.

Beginning: Fall 2015

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM (Hours can be flexible around student's schedule)

Job Description: The IEM Student Graphic Designer reports to the International Enrollment Management Department. The individual in this position will have the opportunity to: work with an innovative international team to determine the most effective method of marketing to prospective and current international students, create innovative pieces that will be seen and utilized internationally, and create digital and print promotional/marketing flyers, brochures, booklets, and other materials. After a successful one-year assignment, IEM will provide the Student Graphic Designer a portfolio highlighting completed projects.

Required Skills: Proficiency with Mac computers, Photoshop, and design software such as Quark, InDesign or Illustrator, working knowledge of Color Modes (CMYK/RGB), exceptional creativity, innovation and attention to detail, self-motivated able to work on a team, and excellent time management skills, and experience with photography, videography, and/or social media is a plus.

Interested applicants should send resume, portfolio, and references to or deliver to IEM in the Sophia-Downing International Center.


EHS Student Worker

$8.00 per hour

20 hours during the semester and full-time during the summer

Beginning: Fall 2015

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Flexible with student's class schedule.

Job Description: Assist fire marshal with equipment inspections.

Required Skills: Must be able to walk to and from several buildings while carrying testing equipment. Must also be proficient in Excel and Word.

If interested, please contact Bob Austin at 270-745-2931.


Football Game Day Parking Staff

$9.00/hour and 6-10 hours per week.

Beginning: August 31st, 2015

Number of Positions: 16

Work Schedule: Home football games only.

Job Description: Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, directing football game day traffic, checking parking passes, putting out signage, and giving concise directions to patrons.

Required Skills: This position must be able to clearly communicate with the public, lift 40 pounds, and sit or stand for long periods of time.

If interested, please contact Drew Jacobs at


Volleyball Ball Retriever

$8.00 per hour and 6-10 hours per week.

Beginning: August 31st, 2015

Number of Positions: 5

Work Schedule: Home volleyball games only

Job Description: Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, retrieving loose volleyballs during warm-ups and games.

Required Skills: This position must be able to catch and throw a volleyball, stand for long periods of time, pay close attention to the game, and understand the rules of volleyball.

If interested, please contact Drew Jacobs at


America Reads Tutor

$10 hour (Must be eligible for Federal Work Study and have at least a 2.5 GPA)

Beginning:  Fall 2015

Work Schedule: Monday & Wednesday mornings, Tuesday & Thursday evenings until 8.  M-Th afternoons possible.  No weekends.                  

Duties: Tutor adult students at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) Adult Education Program.   Students need help with basic reading and related skills.                       

Required Skills: Applicants should be patient, responsible, self-motivated, dependable, and hardworking.  Applicants should have strong reading and language skills and enjoy working with adults. Previous tutoring experience is preferred but not required.  Must be eligible for federal work study program.                   

Contact:   If interested, please email Michelle Hunt at


The Office of Study Abroad Student Worker

$8.00/hour and 16 hours per week

Beginning: August 17th, 2015

Work Schedule: Must be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10AM-1PM and 11AM-2:30PM on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Number of Positions: 1

Job Description:Various daily assigned tasks that include, but are not limited to: filing, answering phones, creating flyers and promotional materials, running campus errands, updating records, and other duties as assigned.

Required Skills: Strong understanding of Microsoft Suite, strong written and oral communication skills, creativity, and ability to learn new skills quickly.

If interested, please call Debra Hall at 270-745-5334 for more information.


Communication Student Worker

$9.00/hour and 10-20 hours per week

Beginning: August 17th, 2015

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Hours can be flexible and around student's schedule)

Job Description: The Communication Student Worker will assist International Enrollment Management with:

  • Updating and monitoring social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc.)
  • Maintaining social media events and calendars
  • Engaging with prospective and current international students and their families via social media, email and live chat.

This position will monitor activity on social media accounts and respond accordingly. They will generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text, images, videos or HTML) that builds meaningful connections and encourages students to take action. They will continuously evaluate the appropriate social data/metrics, insights, and best practices, and act on the information.

Required Skills: Demonstrable social networking experience (including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and social analytics tools knowledge. Able to multi-task and meet time-sensitive project deadlines. Highly organized and shows great attention to detail and editing abilities. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Self-motivated and able to work independently as well on a team. Experience with Photoshop, InDesign or MS Office.

If interested, please send resume, at least one faculty reference, and two creative written or digital pieces that highlight your student's visual or written skills to: If preferred, deliverer materials to International Enrollment Management in the Sophia Downing International Center.


Tutor for Student Support Services

$7.50/hour and 5-10 hours per week.

Beginning: August 2015

Number of Positions: 2

Work Schedule: Office is open 8-4:30 Monday-Friday. Schedule is flexible within those hours; some nights and weekends might be required.

Job Description: Provide individual tutoring to students within Student Support Services (SSS). Tutor must meet with students weekly to assist with study skills, time management, review course material, test preparation, papers and assignments.

Required Skills: Tutors MUST be undergraduate students with more than 30 credit hours. Tutors need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and an A or B in the class tutoring and must have a FAFSA on file. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required and must be patient, dependable and friendly. Preference will go to those who have prior tutoring experience and can commit to at least two semesters. We are looking for tutors for General Education classes to include, but not limited to: Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, English, Economics, and History.

If interested, please email with an attached resume.


Student Assistant - Office of International Programs

10-20 hours per week and $7.25/hour.

Beginning Date: Open

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Dependent on the availability of student.

Job Description: The Office of International Programs strives to complement Western Kentucky University's vision to be A Leading American University with International Reach through the strategic development, implementation, and management of campus-wide internationalization initiatives. The student assistant will provide staff support by making changes to the office website, creating/editing/distributing marketing materials, fielding phone calls and contacting other offices, and other tasks as needed. The position reports to the Assistant Director of International Programs.

Tasks, gained knowledge, and experience as a student assistant may include but not limited to:

  • Develop understanding of the Office of International Programs as well as other organizations on campus
  • Learn about the role of international cooperation in higher education

  • Improve leadership skills

  • Improve time-management and develop accountability

  • Develop web design and social media skills
  • Create and distribute marketing materials related to Office of International Programs events
  • Perform administrative tasks such as organizing meetings, fielding calls and emails, etc.
  • Provide support for staff as needed

Minimum Qualifications, Skills, and Requirements:

  • Full time undergraduate student in good academic standing;

  • Study abroad experience or another type of  experience with equivalent international/intercultural exposure;

  • Critical thinking skills;

  • Good communication skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and web design;
  • Ability to work 10-20 hours per week;
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license

Preferred Skills and  Requirements:

  • Superior writing skills;

  • Demonstrated attention to detail;

  • Graphic design

Application: Those interested in the position should send a resume, cover letter, availability schedule for the allotted time, and writing sample to with “Student Assistant” in the subject line. Select applicants may be asked to participate in an interview. Any inquiries can be made to


Intramural Sports Official

$7.25/hour and 15-20 hours per week

Beginning: August 17, 2015

Work Schedule: Evenings/nights and some weekends

Job Description: Sports officials are trained to administer the rules, policies, and procedures of multiple sports and events offered through the intramural program. Officials are also responsible for event setup and cleanup, game management, scorekeeping and registration.

Required Skills: Basic knowledge of sports.

If interested, please contact Joshua Pullens at


Math/English Peer Tutor

$7.40/hour and 10-20 hours per week.

Beginning: August 17th, 2015.

Number of Positions: 3

Work Schedule: Based on student schedule, during operating hours of LAC,

Job Description: Tutor South Campus students in freshmen level mathematics and/or English. Assist students with study skills and basic computing issues. Additional duties may include class visits to promote the LAC, assisting with ATP, and working with specific classes in a manner similar to PASS.

Required Skills: Must be a current WKU student.  Math tutor: Minimum of an A or B in DMA 096 and enrollment in MA 116 (MA 116 completion preferred) English tutor: A or B in ENG 100 (ENG 200 completion preferred) Must have a 3.2 GPA or higher, excellent interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, and fluent verbal and written command of the English language. Must be interested in helping others and be an open, tolerant individual and the ability to tutor other subjects as needed.

If interested, please apply in person to Jan Duvall or Nichole Sherrell on South Campus, C234.


AudioVisual Services Student Consultant

$8.50/hour and up to 20 hours per week.

Beginning: Fall 2015 (Summer position available)

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Days/Nights/Weekends (as needed)

Job Description:Answering calls at the Support Center, resolving 1st level administrative and technical issues, facilitating classes, and other miscellaneous duties as needed.

Required Skills: Intermediate computer hardware/software knowledge and experience installing webcams and microphones, basic understanding of Audio/Video components (projectors, monitors, microphones, speakers, control systems, etc), experience using MS Office and other business/technology applications, a track record of responsibility and reliability, good academic standing (Students enrolled in technical fields are preferred), must be fluent in English, excellent telephone communication and customer service skills.

The ideal student will have experience with video conferencing or experience at a call center or troubleshooting/diagnosing technical problems.

The open position requires that all consultants be prompt, motivated and professional.  Must have the capacity to develop a strong background in technology and feel very comfortable communicating with clients over the phone.  Most importantly, student consultants must be available to work mornings, nights and/or weekends, as needed.

If interested, please submit a current resume and your Fall 2015 class schedule to  Please do not call or come to the AVS office.  Applications are accepted by email only.


  Graduate Assistants 

**There are currently no vacancies for Graduate Assistants.



Graphic Design Internship

Creative Web Services – Public Affairs

 The Graphic Design Intern reports to Creative Web Services, part of the Division of Public Affairs at Western Kentucky University.

This position is an unpaid internship open to WKU students, with course credit available. Must be available to work 10-20 hours per week during the semester.  Hours are also available during Winter and Summer terms.

Beginning: ASAP

Number of Positions: 1

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. TBD

Description: Reporting to Creative Web Services and Public Affairs, the Graphic Design Intern is responsible for designing marketing and promotion materials for use by the Creative Web Services department. Though this position will focus primarily on design for web and social media, marketing and promotion materials may also include print (posters, brochures), digital signage, and other supplementary items.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The following duties are customary of this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion, and institutional needs.

  •  Perform graphic design duties as assigned.
  • Adhere to project timelines and procedures.
  • Initiate timely communication with the Digital Media Marketing Coordinator and Creative Web Services Manager regarding design concepts, edits and assignment priorities.
  • Possess ability to listen and accept constructive guidance.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with posting designs to websites/social media accounts
  • Assist with other Creative Web projects as needed

Performance Expectations:

The duties and responsibilities of this position must be performed in a competent manner following general standards for responsibility, accountability, teamwork, and customer service.

Required Skills:  Proficiency with Mac computers, proficiency in the use of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop. Working knowledge of Color Modes (CMYK/RGB). Experience with social media is a plus.

Application Procedures:  Send resume and portfolio to or deliver to Creative Web Services, Wetherby Room 312


Off Campus Opportunities

Job Opening at Woodcraft Industries in Bowling Green



NIGHT POSITIONS $11.46 per hour

5:30 P.M. – 6:00 A.M. MON. - THURS.

DAY POSITIONS $10.62 per hour

6:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. MON. - THURS.

6:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. FRI.

Job duties include lifting, sorting, and stacking wood according to size, feeding wood blanks into machines, and marking defects out of wood.

Ideal Candidates will:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to work in a fast paced environment
  • Be safety conscious
  • Be highly motivated
  • Be available to work overtime





Immediate Opening – Post-Bachelor’s Research Associate in Mathematics & Engineering

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division at ORNL is searching for a qualified Research Associate to conduct detailed numerical verification of the various methods used to solve the Boltzmann transport equation. A detailed convergence analysis on the radiation transport models employed in the RNSD code Exnihilo is needed. The successful candidate will help build a library of ‘real scenario’ problems, including reactor analysis, radiation shielding, criticality safety and dosimetry, which can be used to analyze new methods and verify existing methods.

Qualifications: Must have a B.S. degree in math, applied math, engineering or equivalent. Candidate also must have basic computing skills on Linux/POSIX-type systems. Programming skills in python are desired and C/C++ experience is a plus. A background in numerical analysis is advantageous, but not required. Strong writing and presentation skills are also preferred. Applicants cannot have received their most recent degree more than three years before the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Interested? To apply, go to, make an account, and enter the reference code ORNL15-21-RNSD to find the position posting. Refer questions to  


Topper Talk

Need a part-time job? Looking to build a resume? Topper Talk is hiring!

Starting wage at $7.75/hour plus monthly bonuses and incentives!

Schedules built for student life!

Valuable fundraising experience and on-campus location!

If interested, please apply online at

Contact Joel Thorson at 270-745-5395 or with questions about positions.


Student Fundraiser

 Up to $8.50/hour, and a minimum of 9 hours per week

Beginning: ASAP

Work Schedule: Select three shifts for work schedule: Sunday 5-8, Monday-Thursday 6-9. Calling will continue up to June 30th and end on July 1st. Students hired to work in the summer will be invited to join our staff once we resume in the fall.

Duties: Call alumni, parents, and friends of WKU to update their contact information, build a positive relationship with them, and raise funds for scholarships, research funds, and other academic pursuits.

Required Skills: Applicants should be persistent, enthusiastic, and outgoing. Preference will be given to students that can work between finals week and June 30th.

Contact: Applications are taken at



*Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability, and provides, on request, reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs, and activities.


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