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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


*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