Have you thought about working at University Unions? It can be a great way to gain experience and make some extra cash. Plus, you’ll enjoy amazing perks like flexible scheduling, opportunities for growth and development, and the chance to network within the university community.
Check out these student worker spotlights with real testimonials about a day on the job. If it sounds like something you’d enjoy, we encourage you to apply!
Alister Ho – University Activities Center (UAC), Graduate Intern
Tell us about your role. I advise seventeen student organizations as a graduate intern for UAC.
What’s something you’re particularly proud of? One of my most significant undertakings has been facilitating over 25 events coordinated by multiple UAC student organizations. This involves budgeting, marketing, contract work, communicating with vendors, and supporting students and the overall success of these important campus events.
What do you enjoy about this job? It allows me to use my passion to achieve a better campus community.
Ellie Rogers – Conference and Event Services, Student Clerk
Tell us about your role. I worked closely with U-M community members by offering professional customer service.
What’s something you’re particularly proud of? I was one of the few students trained to work in the employee management system due to my attention to detail and willingness to ask questions. I also offered suggestions for improving training materials.
What did you enjoy about this job? I was able to grow my skills with the added responsibilities I was given.
Ikalanni Jahi – Pierpont Commons, Building Manager
Tell us about your role. I helped facilitate the Go North Block Party, UMix, and Winterfest events hosted by the Center for Campus Involvement.
What’s something you’re particularly proud of? Ensuring the success of each event was very rewarding! I assisted with setup, greeted attendees, answered questions, and made sure everything ran smoothly.
What did you enjoy about this job? The people. Both those I had the chance to work with and the community members I was able to support.
Jo Petrotta – Conference and Event Services, Student Clerk
Tell us about your role. I put most of my energy and abilities into customer service and community-building.
What’s something you’re particularly proud of? I completed additional training in event forecasting and was able to incorporate this knowledge into my work.
What did you enjoy about this job? The positive feedback I received from my supervisor, and the trust she put in me to take ownership of my projects. Also, I loved working with other students.
Maren Blanchard – Center for Campus Involvement, Student Programs Team
Tell us about your role. My job was highly interactive! This meant connecting with different members of the university, which was so helpful in my first year.
What’s something you’re particularly proud of? I frequently pitched ideas for improving student programming. One of the UMix events I planned at Pierpont Commons drew in 500 students!
What did you enjoy about this job? It allowed me to take on big challenges (even as a first-year!).
Olivia O’Connell – Center for Campus Involvement, Program Coordinator
Tell us about your role. I used my skills in leadership and project management to bring social change and personal wellness to events. After being promoted to Team Lead, I trained and supervised other student workers, and was given a higher level of responsibility in my scope of projects.
What’s something you’re particularly proud of? My contribution to the growth of the UU Weekly Series. When I first started, we were averaging about 30 students per program. Throughout the course of the year, I worked with staff to increase the average attendance to 250-400 students.
What did you enjoy about this job? The freedom it gave me to take initiative. Also, the opportunity for advancement.
Taylor Medendorp – Student Building Manager, Michigan Union and League Operations
Tell us about your role. I worked closely with the staff. This involved training student employees, handling the intricate details of scheduling, and supporting the professional staff in many ways.
What’s something you’re particularly proud of? I was the only Building Manager cross-trained to work at both the Union and League.
What did you enjoy about this job? It gave me a chance to be part of something. I feel like I had a positive influence on the team.
We would love for you to join us! Come make a difference in the lives of students and staff at U-M!
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