Whether you need to put gas in your car or repay a debt to a Colombian
syndicate, the easiest (and most legal) way to
earn money is to get a job. Since you’re already
attending RIT and probably coming here every
day, it stands to reason that an on-campus job
would be fairly convenient. Thankfully, RIT is
a bustling metropolis and, like any city, has
plenty of jobs to help support its infrastructure.
Job opportunities are everywhere and there’s
little chance for outsourcing.
That being said, finding a job that fits your skill
level, schedule, and interests can be a little bit
of a challenge. Additionally, full-time students
are only allowed to work part-time hours, so
your application for ‘Co-President of RIT’ might
be turned down.
The place to start your job search is the Student
Employment Office (SEO), a division of the Office
of Cooperative Education and Career Services.
The SEO, located across the hall from the RITz
in the Student Alumni Union basement, is in
charge of the administration of all on-campus
student employment, which includes making
sure you are eligible to work.
The SEO Card
In the world of on-campus jobs, the SEO Card
is your golden ticket. An SEO Employment
Eligibility Card is required to work anywhere
on campus and effectively streamlines the
hir ing process. In order to obtain one, you
must be registered as a full-time student (12
credit hours or more). Also, you must complete
an I-9 form, a document required by the US
government verifying a person’s ability to
work in the United States.
Now, before you go running down to get
your card, you’ll need to have a few things in
your pocket. For US citizens, a valid form of
government-issued identification is needed,
such as a driver’s license, state identification
card, or a current US passport. If you bring the
license or state ID, you’ll also have to provide a
social security card or birth certificate. Foreign
students need to provide their visas and
accompanying work eligibility documents.
The job search can be an arduous process,
especially if you don’t know what kind of job
you’re searching for. Before you begin looking for
work, be sure to identify what kind of work you
want to do, as well as what work you’re qualified
for. You need to get organized.
Your best bet is a résumé, a document that
details who you are and what your qualifications
are. Chances are, you had to write one of these
in either high school or First Year Enrichment
and haven’t looked at it since. It’s important that
the information on your résumé is up-to-date
and accurate; that way, potential employers
won’t end up calling a disconnected number.
A résumé should look professional, be well organized,
and provide your academic and employment
histories, as well as any relevant skills or
interests you may have. Even though you may be
applying to no-collar jobs, a résumé still indicates
that you are serious about the position and could
give you an edge over the competition.
Now that you’ve taken the time to get to know
yourself a little bit better, you can begin finding
your dream job. Reporter doesn’t have a classified
ads section, so you will have to turn elsewhere
for job postings. Thankfully, RIT provides
an in-house system for on-campus job listings
on the SEO website. There, jobs are broken down
into several different categories:
- Academic: Jobs dealing with academic
services, such as note-taking and
- Athletic: Positions relating to the athletic
- Clerical: Jobs that focus primarily on office
work, such as office assistants
- Community Service: Jobs or volunteer
positions for the betterment of the
- Computer/Technical: Any job where
some technical experience is required,
such as HelpDesk Technicians and Lab
- Food Service: Positions in any of RIT’s dining
or food storage facilities
- Maintenance: Jobs involved with the upkeep
of the campus
- Services: A variety of jobs closely tied to
maintenance and security
- Miscellaneous: An amalgam of different
Most of the job listings include relevant skills,
responsibilities, and the type of hours that you
could expect to work. Many will even include a
pay rate, which is generally in accordance with
the RIT wage schedule.
RIT pays student employees an hourly wage
based upon the complexity of their job and how
well they perform it. Each job is assigned a level
of pay, and since New York State minimum wage
was increased in 2007, the levels have been labeled
2 through 5. Level 2 pays minimum wage
at $7.15 per hour and level 5 employees start at
$7.90 per hour. Each pay level has the opportunity
to earn merit raises of 15 cents.
For jobs whose skill or work level exceeds that
of the wage schedule, special accommodations
can be made for an increased salary.
Beyond the Numbers
Once you get past all of the number crunching,
you’ll want to look at the perks of the job. Perks
might include being able to do your homework
while on the job, getting free meals, or furthering
your career goals. All jobs have perks. Finding
the one with the best is a challenge in itself.
The only real way to do that is to ask somebody
who works there.
Josh Rabinowitz, a fifth year Applied
Networking and Systems Administration
student, is a student employee at RIT’s
Information & Technology Services’ (ITS) tech
support desk, which is located on the first floor
of the Gannett Building (7B). The desk supports
a variety of computer and networking issues
for both students and faculty.
Reporter: What is your job here at the ITS
Josh Rabinowitz: Every student worker pretty
much does the same thing... We help people
who need help with computers, RIT’s network
— anything related to the infrastructure here,
whether it’s wireless, or VPN, or you know, ‘My
password doesn’t work,’... that sort of thing.
R: What kind of qualifications do you need to
have in order to get a job here?
JR: Knowledge of basic computer skills, Apple,
Windows Operating System... anything really.
Good customer skills, being able to speak with a
person or communicate with a person... Being able
to understand what exactly the issue is... Computer
skills and being personable is what got me my job.
R: How did you get the job?
JR: I applied for an opening, of which we have
every quarter... We [my supervisors and I] sat
down and did a quick interview, determined
what [my] level of skills [was], what sort of hours
I was looking for, and I got the job.
R: How did you hear about it?
JR: I actually knew [ITS] was here. This is my
fifth year, I started two years ago... I was at RIT
for three years, worked at Commons, sometimes
didn’t have a job, and I knew that ITS was in
my field. So I was looking for something [in my]
major. I happened to walk by one day and just
asked for an application and here I am.
R: Any horror stories?
JR: No, it’s pretty much the same day to day.
Certain people are more difficult to deal with,
but the issues are really the same. If we get
issues we can’t handle, which happens a lot,
they get escalated to the next level of support,
which is like the network team... Retirees are
sometimes difficult to deal with... We support
them indefinitely... You have to work at their
pace... Patience is a big part of this job.
R: Are there any perks at the ITS HelpDesk?
JR: One of the biggest perks is, if it’s not
incredibly busy, I can do homework... If I have
reading to do, if I have a project to do; [I can
do] pretty much anything short of listen to
audio or video... There are some proactive
projects that we’re not required to work on,
but it’s great to develop new things.
R: Is there any chance for promotion?
JR: There is, from student help desk representative
to senior representative... Every year,
there’s an evaluation. You sit down with a
supervisor [and get evaluated]. Monetarily
there’s a chance for a promotion, but position-wise there’s only [one chance]... But that
doesn’t really matter, because it’s a lot of fun.
The people that I work with generally have the
same interests... so it’s a good environment.
Phillipe Barreyro, a fifth year Computer Science
major, is a research assistant with the Networking,
Security and Systems Administration
R: What do you do as a research assistant?
Phillipe Barreyro: I write all the code for [the
NSSA] research projects.
R: Are there any benefits?
PB: I make my own hours. I don’t have to use the
ridiculous Kronos machines to punch in or out. I
[have fun] in the lab and it’s open 24 hours a day,
so I can go in there and study. It’s a nice little
break from Building 70.
R: How did you get your job?
PB: A good friend of mine is the [System Administrator]
for that lab. I was taking classes
with him this summer and I was not trying [to
take classes]. It was a very informal application
process. I wasn’t really even interviewed. The
same [day], I got the job.
R: Does your job further your career goals?
PB: I want to do research when I get out of here, so
it kind of helps. But it’s from a networking angle, so
it’s not really too relevant to my course of study.
R: What would you say your best moment on the
PB: When I started the job in the summer with
my own project: Re-creating or re-simulating biological
networks using networking structures. I
actually finished the project and was able to get
more resources or financing to continue that. I
was given a lot of leeway from the very beginning.
I didn’t [screw] up.
R: Any funny stories about your research?
PB: That I want published? I plead the fifth.
The Commons General Employee
Matt Korzenieski, a third year Computer Engineering
Technology student, works at the Hettie
L. Shumway Dining Commons.
R: What’s your job at the Commons?
Matt Korzenieski: General Employee, because,
like a lot of places on campus, you float around
to wherever you’re needed. I’ve done pizza, I’ve
done Quiznos, I’ve done deliveries, I’ve done
grills, I’ve cooked, I’ve served, I’ve cleaned.
R: And how long have you worked there?
MK: Two years.
R: When you first applied, did you have to go
through an interview process?
MK: Not really. It was kind of like, “Hey, you seem
like you have some experience, can you do this,
can you do that? Okay, we’ll put you there, and
if you like it, have fun and go at it.”
R: Do you have a worst moment?
MK: No specific moment. You have to know some
sign to work with and serve deaf people. There
were some stressful moments trying to work
with deaf people.
R: Is there any chance for promotion?
MK: Oh yeah, I was actually offered a student
manager position. I didn’t take it, because I
didn’t have my schedule set, and I wasn’t willing
to work the weekends... As long as you show
that you care a little, there’s always going to be
some sort of promotion available. They do give
us raises. Even though minimum wage out here
is really high, 10 cents here or there is kind of
nice if you work for long enough.
Danny Maffia, a fourth year Interpreting major,
is a senior student supervisor at RIT’s
Telefund office. The Telefund office is responsible
for keeping in touch with Alumni
and asking for donations via telephone, TTY,
and video phone.
R: What do you do as a senior student
Danny Maffia: We oversee the supervisors and
oversee that everything is working okay and
working with [the Associate Director]... We
hire, we train, we monitor the callers. We
make sure that they’re having fun. We play
games with them, motivate them, and set
R: How did you first get involved with the Telefund?
DM: Before I had gotten to RIT, I had worked at
more of a telemarketing company, where we
tried to get people to take people to take timeshare
tours... One of my friends... told me that
she was applying [to be a caller], so I was like,
well I did phone stuff before and this is on campus,
so why not?
R: While you were a caller, what was your best
DM: I can’t specifically think of one moment, but
just meeting so many different people. Probably
my closest friends are from there. My one best
friend was my supervisor at the time and we
still keep in contact, she’s already graduated
almost two years now. She’s great. So that’s the
best, the friendships you make and the closeness.
It’s such a small work environment.
R: Any bad moments?
DM: It’s been stressful, we’ve gone through a lot
of supervisors. That’s been the most stressful
part, we’ve gone through many... it wasn’t the
right fit for them. We’re lucky that we have [our
current one], because it’s been a much better
match. Probably the most difficult challenge was
working with supervisors that weren’t familiar
with what we do. It seems to be getting better.
R: As a caller, what do you do?
DM: Your job is to update the alumni’s contact
information, bring them up-to-date about improvements
going on around campus, and then
also to talk to them about alumni support. Really
our job is twofold: Updating our records and
telling them about homecoming and things that
are going [on], and also tell them about donations
for the school.
R: What are some of the perks that go along with
DM: It’s a great job. There’s tons of prizes all the
time that we offer for the callers. We play games
every night... You’re talking to the alumni, getting
along with them, you meet new people...
People have gotten co-ops through our department,
just by networking. It’s a great networking
tool. I got offered a co-op, and my program
doesn’t require a co-op... We have food for them
all the time, we’re really flexible.
Clement Pin, a third year Mechanical Engineering
major, worked at the Registrar’s Office as an
R: What did you do at the Registrar’s Office?
Clement Pin: I scanned photos and f iles and
made ID cards. Office things: Scanning files,
taking those files that were scanned and indexing
them, not much to talk about. It was
a good time, because you got to talk to people
in the office.
R: How did you get the job?
CP: I went online and looked it up on the SEO
website. I got stung by a bee on my way to the
interview... so I was sitting in the interview with
ice on my ear.
R: What was your best moment on the job?
CP: I got to take down some shelving units once.
So I got to make a lot of noise, pull screws out,
and have fun for eight hours versus staring at a
R: What was the worst part of your job?
CP: Probably having to come in early during the
end of the quarters, it’s hard to keep up with the
[school] work and work at the same time.
R: Any perks about working at the
CP: You don’t have to wait in line for transcripts,
but no not really... Sometimes I had
to go get mail from the Hub, that was kind of
fun. I got to get coffee and food. It wasn’t bad
at all, I loved it.
R: You couldn’t register early?
CP: Nah, no perks like that.
R: How many hours did you work?
CP: When I started, I was probably working 12
hours, or something like that. By last year, I was
working 16 or 18.
R: Why did you leave the job?
CP: The hours they had didn’t really work with
Jobs will inevitably range from the incredibly
mundane to the exciting and extravagant.
Finding one that best fits you is a prospect that
no one can write in a magazine, but just sitting
there isn’t going to help you pay for that hot tub
in your basement. So go get a job!
For more information on current job openings, check
out the SEO website at http://www.rit.edu/emcs/seo.