College students who have on-campus employment are at an advantage with rising tuition costs. According to the National Center for Education, about 80 percent of undergraduates worked part time while enrolled in college.
CAFNR employment opportunities include working at South Farm, Eckle’s Café, Buck’s Place, The Gathering Place Bed and Breakfast and Bradford Research and Extension Center.
Director of CAFNR Career Services Stephanie Chipman said that students do not need a specific career path or job title in mind when considering on-campus employment, but it is helpful. Knowing interests and the skill set you hope to develop can also be beneficial.
There are many opportunities to gain real world experience through your field of study as a student. Transferrable skills, such as in an administrative office position, can be obtained in any job, said Chipman. This teaches time management, organization, office skills, professionalism and event planning.
“On-campus employment is just like the real world,” Chipman said. “We look for certain qualities and experiences in students for different positions; qualifications vary from job to job.”
Office of Advancements Director of External Relations Christine Pickett coordinates the Executive-in-Residence and Professor-for-a-Day programs. These initiatives invite alumni and industry partners to campus where they interact with students and faculty. Pickett and her intern set up schedules for visitors and coordinate their meetings and events. Through the programs Picket hopes students meet with alumni and executives to explore internships and learn about future careers. Interns must be a junior or senior because the events are intense. It is best that the student can balance a full load of academics and work.
“It is crucial to trust employees, this is a prestigious employment opportunity,” Pickett said. “This is why resumes and interviews are very important to me.”
There were two reasons why junior biochemistry major, Joshua Novak, sought the Executive-in-Residence internship. He considered it a great opportunity and knew he would gain valuable skills. Novak said communication skills and business world knowledge are needed for any occupation. Students with solid internship experiences have a real advantage when job searching.
“Pursue opportunities at every chance,” Novak said.
Assistant Director of CAFNR Career Services, Whitney Kinne, said the best way to find openings, other then Hire Mizzou Tigers or CAFNR Career Service Centers is to network. Talk with faculty members, older students and your adviser to use available connections.
Kinne said that CAFNR Career Services purpose is to help students imagine and navigate career opportunities to meet short- and long-term goals. The office provides internships, employer connections and a network of CAFNR alumni.
There are full- and part-time jobs, volunteer positions, internships and organizations, she said, that exist on campus. Most of these employment opportunities offer real work experience and relevant career preparation.
“Some opportunities are off the beaten path, but they still provide valuable skills for life,” Kinne said. “While some jobs offer real world experiences by making you work hands-on in the field.”
Director of CAFNR Student Recruitment CeCe Leslie visits with prospective students to encourage them to apply at MU. She offers four internships, three of which are through CAFNR Ambassadors and another through the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.
Leslie and her interns travel to high schools throughout the year recruiting prospective students, giving presentations about college planning and promoting MU. For the internships, being an upperclassman helps because students know more about MU to answer student questions.
Leslie treats her interns as employees and expects professionalism. She also requires them to be a team player in the office and at events because they all work together.
“They (interns) represent CAFNR and MU wherever they go,” Leslie said.
Samone Mitchell, junior atmospheric science major, is a student recruitment intern. She enjoys the office atmosphere and the opportunity to answer questions for future students. Mitchell was interested in the job because of the communication skills it involves.
“It never hurts to ask advisers and professors for job openings,” Mitchell said. Networking is essential to finding a job, which teaches students invaluable life skills and leads to employment opportunities. On-campus employment connects students to people who could be influential in their futures.
A wide variety of on-campus jobs are offered to help fund college education. Employment typically includes responsibility, reduced fees, relevant experience, and study time. If you obtain these qualities and network within MU, employment opportunities can be around every corner.