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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

Student Writing Tutors Needed

The Learning Center (TLC) at McNally Smith College of Music is hiring student writing tutors for Spring Semester 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 February 8, 2017



Ensemble Department Assistant

The Ensemble Department has an opening for a student worker. This position will support the Department Head and Assistant Department Head with administrative tasks for the department, and create a video archive of performances.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Data entry computer work
  • Post department materials, including audition results and event fliers
  • Video capture of MSCM Emerging Artist Series performances
  • Catalog, label, and upload video to file servers
  • Development of the department music library
  • Drive the MSCM Shuttle van during Emerging Artist Series events
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Proven proficiency with computers, including Mac OS
  • Proven proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Excel and Word
  • Proven proficiency with video cameras and equipment.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time to record events
  • Position will involve periods of sitting at a desk using a computer to archive materials.
  • In order to operate a college vehicle, applicant must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record. Preference will be given to applicants fitting this criteria. You must complete a driver’s record check for this position.


  • Applications will be accepted through February 10, 2017



Shuttle Driver

This shuttle driver is a position primarily working in the late evening hours, Monday through Friday 9pm-12am. The employee will drive a designated shuttle route, dropping students off at various residential facilities around the downtown St Paul area.



  • Must account that those who take the shuttle are part of the college community
  • Will exemplify safe driving, require seatbelt use, and maintain a safe environment
  • Ensure passengers arrive at and gain entry to their destination

General and Management

  • Exhibit a well-organized, welcoming and friendly environment
  • Maintain knowledge and execution of shuttle route and stops
  • Promote the shuttle service to the McNally Smith College community
  • Stay in communication with department, supervisor, and maintenance head
  • Attend department meetings and become part of the Support department


  • Assist with international student pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Accommodate for events and off site needs, when applicable
  • Other duties as assigned


General:   Must be age 21 or over, have a valid license, and a clean driving record. Hours may vary based on school calendar and community need. Average hours 10 – 15 per week.

Physical Requirements:  The employee is required to talk and hear, as well as to sit for long periods of time. The employee is required to stand, walk, be able to reach with hands and arms, use a telephone, computer, keyboard, printer, file cabinets, stapler, and be able to carry reams of paper for printer. This position requires going back and forth between the two buildings on the MSCM campus.

Other:  Good customer service skills. Ability to work and communicate with students, customers, and other office personnel



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