Students of Color Perspectives: Guide to On-Campus Jobs

Hi there! I’m Laura Muñoz, a Freshman from Miami. I’m your Students of Color Perspectives blogger and I’ll write about what it means to be a proud (First-Gen, Feminist) Cubanita here at Brown (the best school on Earth).

If you’re interested in doing work-study during your time at Brown, there are lots of options available for the types of jobs you could have and how to go about finding them. Here’s my easy guide for tackling work-study at Brown!

Finding a Job:

The easiest way to find a job is to check listings on the Student Employment website, where all job listings are required to be posted. Community members will often post about positions in the “Off-Campus Job” category, which often includes things like babysitting, tutoring, or coaching children’s sports teams. You can even sign up for Job Mail and select which categories of jobs you are interested in so every time a position is open in the department/category you’re looking into, you’ll get an email informing you about it. Job Mail is definitely the easiest way to find a job!

Types of On-Campus Jobs Available:

  • BUDS: This is probably the most popular place to work on campus because there are so many open positions and schedules are very flexible. Working for BUDS can mean helping in food preparation/food serving, helping with catering, or working as a cashier in dining halls and in carts around campus.
  • Office Jobs: Office jobs are great because students can often do homework at the desk when not completing office tasks. Offices which hire included the Alumni Center, the Office of Residential Life, CareerLAB, and the Faunce Front Desk, among others.
  • Programming/ Student Coordinator Jobs: Many centers on campus have programming/student coordinator positions where students are responsible for putting on programming that is center and identity-specific. The FliCenter, the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, and the Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC) both offer these positions. For example, BCSC positions include Latinx Student Initiative Coordinator and Native American Heritage Series Programmer. These positions allow students to be advocates and be involved with a particular community while also getting paid.
  • Research Assistant Positions: These positions are great because you’ll often be working with professors or members of a department you’re interested in, completing work which you’re passionate about, and getting paid for it.  
  • Other Random Positions: A lot of random temporary jobs tend to come up throughout the year, often for major events. For example, Alumni Relations hires a lot of students toward the end of the year for help during Alumni Reunion Weekend. These jobs are great if you’re looking for something temporary to make a few extra bucks!

If you’re looking for a job, good luck! If you can’t find one right away, don’t be discouraged, stay positive and keep looking, because this can soon be you:

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If you have any questions, comments, or just want to chat, please feel free to email me at laura_munoz@brown.edu. (Seriously, do. I love talking about Brown. I’m obsessed with this place.) Gracias!   

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