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Student Jobs

Student employment opportunities within University Housing are listed below. For student jobs outside of University Housing, click here.

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Required Student Employment Documents

Specific documents required for employment are listed on the campus student jobs page, here. We cannot hire any student who does not have the required documents. Be sure to read through the list of required documents to determine what proof of identification will be required in addition to the documents and forms in order to be hired. Regular copies of required identification are not acceptable - all required identification must be originals or notarized.

Culinary & Nutrition Services Jobs

Student jobs in Culinary & Nutrition Services (CNS) include positions in the dining halls and snack shop. Jobs range from food service to administrative. To apply, follow the steps below.

  • ONLINE APPLICATION: To complete and submit an online dining application click here.
  • EMAILED OR MAILED APPLICATION: To email or mail an application, download and complete the online dining application here. Submit a completed application with your student schedule via email to or by mail to:

ATTN: Cynthia Alexander Culinary & Nutrition Services Student Services Building – Mail Code 6716 Southern Illinois University 1263 Lincoln Drive Carbondale, IL 62901

Resident Assistants & Academic Peer Advocates

Resident Assistants (RAs) and Academic Peer Advocates (APAs) are trained peer leaders who supervise or mentor those living in on-campus residence halls and apartments. These positions provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn leadership, communication and teamwork skills.

Resident Assistants
RAs have many roles and responsibilities, including building community, programming, acting as a resource for students, attending or leading meetings, working duty shifts and enforcing policies. Successful RAs are organized, flexible, good communicators and able to balance their own schedule and priorities with the needs of their residents. They must also serve as an example to residents, with a strong sense of professionalism and accountability. RAs go through rigorous training and must meet strict eligibility requirements, listed below. Additional expectations and duties will be outlined by supervisors.

Academic Peer Advocates
While Academic Peer Advocates (APAs) are similar to RAs, their efforts are more focused on helping residents succeed academically. APAs have various responsibilities including attending and leading meetings, academic interventions, mentoring students to improve academic skills, serving as a resource for residents, administrative work, assisting with social justice initiatives, serving as a role model for academic success, supporting various initiatives and events, and developing large-scale academic programming.

Benefits include a free room and board (a fully-furnished room, full dining plan, wireless internet access, all utilities, and cable TV access), local telephone services, a monthly stipend, and the opportunity to develop professional skills while positively impacting residents.

RA and APA Requirements
Minimum requirements for the Academic Peer Advocate and Resident Assistant positions include:

  • Having a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2.3 semester GPA at the time of application and commencement of employment.
  • Having 26 credit hours earned by the time employment begins.
  • Having full-time student status (12 undergraduate credit hours or more or 9 graduate credit hours or more) while employed.
  • Being in good academic, judicial and financial standing with SIU Carbondale and University Housing.

RAs and APAs are not permitted to have other jobs during their employment period with University Housing.

Candidate recruitment and selection will occur during the spring semester for the upcoming fall/spring academic year. The application is available online during dates posted in commons areas - typically in January and February each year. To be considered for interview, applicants MUST complete an online application and attend a mandatory information session. Mandatory session information is posted in commons areas. Applicants are considered for both positions (APA and RA). A complete application packet will consist of an online application and resume. To access the application, log into OrgSync during posted application dates, and select the “University Housing” page.

Questions can be directed to the Residence Life Office at 618/453-3318.

Desk Assistants

Duties of the Desk Assistant (DA) include, but are not limited to: receptionist responsibilities, upholding policies, and maintaining an appropriate atmosphere in the lobby area. Apply to be a Desk Assistant here. Please note that, regardless of where desk assistants live, they may be placed at any of the following desks: Mae Smith Hall, Neely Hall, University Hall, and Wall and Grand Apts.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Live on campus for the entire period of employment. Note: Off Campus Applicants may be considered for Break Desk jobs (i.e. Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break).
  • Be a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at SIU.
  • Be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and semester GPA of 2.3 at the time of application and during employment. If in a graduate degree program, the DA must be in good academic standing with their individual colleges.
  • Be in good disciplinary standing.

Interested students may talk to their resident assistant or hall director for more information.