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Student Employment

McNally Smith College provides Student Employment to assist students with financing college costs while gaining work experience and furthering career goals. Many of the students will receive funding through Federal and State Work-Study programs, however the allocations do not cover all students employed by the College. Click here to view current student employment opportunities.

1. A student must be eligible for Federal or State work-study funding, based on financial need, in order to be hired.

  • This requirement allows the school to provide employment for the students who are financially in need of the work opportunity.
  • The budget used to calculate financial need (over $40,000 per year in most cases) allows for a majority of the student population to be eligible for a position.  All students must apply for Federal aid (complete the FAFSA) in order to be considered for student employment.
  • Large scholarship amounts (like full-ride or employee scholarships) will factor into the need formula, but not automatically eliminate a student from consideration.
  • The Financial Aid Office will communicate with the HR Office & department managers to check all student applicants and their eligibility based on financial need.

2. All student workers are monitored for continued program eligibility.

  • All student workers must be in good academic standing. This rule has been put in place to promote academics as the priority for our students. Any student worker placed on academic probation for a semester will no longer be scheduled working hours for that term and may be replaced by another student applicant. The student employment job is not guaranteed upon return to good academic status.
  • A minimum of 6 credits per semester is required to accept, or continue, student employment. For graduate students, a minimum of 3 credits is required.  Students who graduate, leave school, or who fail to meet registration requirements will be immediately terminated from student employment.
  • Employment over the summer months may be maintained without enrollment in classes in the summer term if the student worker has registered for at least 6 credits in the following Fall term.
  • Students may only work in one department at the school in order to spread the opportunities around so more students can benefit from having a job with the college.  In addition, managers will limit student work schedules to no more than 20 hours per week (except during school break periods).

3. There may be exceptions to any of these rules (i.e., financial need).  This is done by written appeal from the student or department manager to the Human Resources Department, in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

  • Certain departments are ineligible for work-study and can employ students ineligible based on the financial need criteria.  These departments include Admissions, Marketing, and Human Resources.
  • International students may apply for one of the ineligible positions or submit an appeal for employment elsewhere.
  • Working in a second department is often approved if the second department is a short-term position (such as the History Theater community service opportunities) or only a few hours per week (theory tutors or orientation leaders)

Student workers receive performance reviews every six months while employed. Download the Student Worker Review Evaluation Policy for more information.


Student Employment Opportunities

Fall 2017 Orientation Leaders


Orientation Leaders are the Ambassadors of the college. They serve as the most valuable welcoming resource to new students and help with the transition to college.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Facilitate and lead a group of incoming students at orientation in discussions and activities
  • Serve as a positive representative of McNally Smith College of Music
  • Acquaint new students with campus services and resources
  • Communicate essential information to new students
  • Assist with the preparation of Orientation materials and activities
  • Attend and participate in all Orientation Leader meetings and training sessions
  • Portray McNally Smith, its policies, departments, services, and campus life in a positive and professional manner to new students and parents
  • Be a part of contacting students prior to orientation via phone
  • Assist with Move-In Day at the residence hall
  • Participate in a post-orientation debriefing session
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must be in good academic standing to be eligible to work
  • Possess Excitement and Pride for McNally Smith
  • Have a strong interest and desire in Helping new students and their families make a positive transition to McNally Smith
  • Familiarity with MSCM resources, services, and degrees
  • Effective communication skills
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Dedication and flexibility

Mandatory Dates for FA17 Orientation Leaders:

New Student Phone-Calling*  Limited to 2-4 OLs August (approx. 2hrs/day beginning Monday 8-7 thru approx.. Fri. 8/18. Some flexibility in times/days)
Orientation Leader Training & Prep Tuesday, 8/22 – Friday, 8/25 & Mon., 8/28 (10am-3pm or as required)
Residence Hall Move-In Tuesday, 8/29 (8:30am-4:30pm)
Orientation Wed – Fri., 8/30-9/1 (approx. 8:30 – evening)
Welcome Weekend Sat – Mon., 9/2-9/4 (Varying times – less structured)
Orientation Debriefing Meeting Friday, 9/8 (4-5pm)


  • Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.



Library Clerk

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Check-in, check-out, and renew all circulating items
  • Answer basic informational, directional, and library policy questions
  • Serve as a welcoming and knowledgeable representative of the college
  • Help patrons locate materials
  • Provide basic copy, fax, and printer assistance
  • Accept payment for fines
  • Ensure proper call number order is used when re-shelving books
  • Assist with opening and closing procedures
  • Report maintenance or security problems to supervisor
  • Assist supervisor with organizational projects


  • Library experience is preferred, but not required
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Ability to operate independently without frequent supervision
  • Available to work days, nights, and weekends
  • Available to work over the summer


  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 5th



Front Desk



  • Must account for all guests entering the building and lower level faculty offices and must acquire knowledge of their names, purposes for visiting, and destinations

Facilities Management

  • Must direct guests, students, and employees to proper areas of the school and notify appropriate constituents of arrivals.
  • Help to create a well-organized, welcoming and friendly environment for visitors to the college
  • Let support manager know when supplies are running low


  • Telephone operations (answering, transferring, messages)
  • Fill out and post class cancellation/late notices.
  • Administer lockers, maintain locker up keep
  • Keep accurate registered bike log


  • Must be a current student in good academic standing with at least 3.2 GPA
  • Able to work 12 – 16 hours/week
  • Able to work nights/weekends
  • Computer processing skills required
  • Customer service experience preferred


  • Open until all positions are filled



Saint Paul Public Library: Studio Lab Assistant / Homework Center Tutor

McNally Smith College of Music is partnering with Saint Paul Public Library to offer this off-campus Student Employment Position, starting September 2017. One student eligible for work-study funds will be hired as Studio Lab Assistant / Homework Center Tutor, in a 9 hour per week position, paid at a rate of $10.00 per hour. The ideal student will have skills in the areas of audio engineering and in math/reading tutoring.


  • Proficient in using technology, digital devices, software and content production with digital media
  • Proficient in Garageband, ProTools or other recording software
  • Experience with coaching, mentoring, teaching skills and concepts helpful, but not required
  • Strong proficiency in English composition and grammar preferred
  • Punctual, patient and reliable
  • A background check is required and provided by the library

Locations and hours:

  • Arlington Hills Community Center 1200 Payne Avenue St. Paul, 55106 (Homework Center) — 3 hours per week
  • Arlington Hills Community Center 1200 Payne Avenue St. Paul, 55106 (Createch Recording Studio) — 3 hours per week
  • George Latimer Central Library, 90 W. 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102, 3rd Floor (Recording Studio) — 3 hours per week


The student(s) will meet with Wendy Neurer, Library Volunteer Coordinator, for initial orientation and HR functions. On-site training and ongoing supervision will be provided. The student will attend a brief homework helper training, in addition to three paid mandatory Saturday trainings throughout the semester.

How to apply:

For more information, a complete job description, and to schedule an interview please contact:

Wendy Neurer
Library Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 651-266-7420


Sound Bite Café

The Sound Bite Cafe is looking for high energy, hard-working and self-motivated people, who are friendly and appreciate a dynamic social environment. Our student café crew is, first and foremost, responsible for excellent customer service by making our guests feel welcome and serving up great food.


  • cashier sales
  • taking orders
  • washing dishes
  • cleaning
  • sweeping/mopping
  • stocking
  • serve at catered events
  • deliver catered food throughout campus


  • Flexible, with some evenings and weekends


  • Open until all positions are filled



*Please note Students must be in a good academic standing to be eligible to work and must be taking a minimum of 6 credits each semester. **McNally Smith College of Music is an Equal Opportunity Employer ***McNally Smith student workers are not eligible to receive unemployment insurance