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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

Music Theory Tutors

The Music Theory Department is looking for several new tutors. Music Theory Tutors assist students in music theory and ear training in one-on-one settings or in small groups, by appointment. Tutors may also be asked to assist in correcting theory homework assignments.

REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion (or near-completion) of the Music Theory sequence (Theory III) with an A- or better.

Patience, a good attitude, a creative mind and a pleasant personality are valuable assets for this position. Tutors will be asked to schedule appointments with students by email at the request of a faculty supervisor, requiring tutors to be quickly responsive to email. This is a work-study position and preference will be given to those with a financial aid work-study award.


  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 6



Student Writing Tutors

The Learning Center (TLC) at McNally Smith College of Music is hiring student writing tutors for Spring Fall 2017 and beyond.

Training will be provided. While tutoring experience is helpful, no previous experience as a writing tutor is required. Student tutors will not be copy editing student papers, but rather, assisting students in improving and developing their writing.

Strong candidates will have:

  • the ability to write in a variety of rhetorical modes
  • good grammar and punctuation skills
  • good verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use resources
  • an understanding of the need to maintain privacy
  • a patient, supportive approach when working with others

The Learning Center hours are from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday. Pay rate begins at $9.50/hour, and you can expect to work from 4 to 8 hours per week.

Please provide a brief cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications, along with an academic paper you have written for a class within the last couple of years.


  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 6



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