University of Tennessee: Part-Time Jobs for Students

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College is not cheap, and many students need to earn money to get through school.

The broke student stereotype is not just a character portrayed in TV shows or movies. Many college students work their way through college by picking up part-time jobs on or off-campus. While being thrifty and getting creative with Ramen helps to budget, it’s not always enough to offset students’ living and educational expenses.

If you are new to Knoxville or a student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, you may be wondering where to start with your job search. Many Downtown Knoxville businesses are hiring, and even UT has openings for students.

For students, finding a job with flexibility is necessary to not hinder their schoolwork commitments. After all, working toward successfully getting your degree is the main goal to score the job you’ve dreamed of. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, follow this list to get started on your Knoxville job search and find a position that you can handle while going to school

University of Tennessee Student Jobs

Many universities, including UTK, offer work-study or part-time positions to students. These positions are designed to allow students to earn needed income without having to take a job that will interfere with their class schedules.

Federal work-study jobs can be limited by your total award, based on your class schedule and academic progress. These jobs are often related to your field of study and maybe on or off-campus. On-campus will consist of working for UTK, whereas, at off-campus work-study jobs, you are typically employed by private nonprofits or public agencies.

If you do not qualify for a federal work-study award, you can still score a part-time position with UTK. There are often job openings for students in the school cafeteria, on-campus dining locations, library, and more. For those seeking part-time employment at UTK, you can check the university’s online job board or speak with a staff member at career services.

Job opportunities at UTK may include:

  • Foodservice worker with Aramark Dining services
  • TRECS employment for student and graduate assistants, interns, and professional staff
  • Residence jobs, including Hall Director, Graduate Assistant, and Resident Assistant
  • Jobs with Office of IT
  • Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center positions
  • Working at the UT Library
  • Undergraduate summer research internship

Newspaper Classifieds

The Knoxville News is the local newspaper in Knoxville, TN, and is an excellent place for UTK students to find part-time work while attending college. You can pick up a copy of the local newspaper at many stores around town or view the daily headlines online. Use their online job board to search classified ads around Knoxville.

Another newspaper to check for part-time positions is the Daily Beacon, the on-campus newspaper at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The student newspaper is an excellent way to stay in the know about local happenings and browse for job openings catered to students. Also, Daily Beacon commonly fills staff editorial positions throughout the semester. If journalism or advertising interests you, it’s worth completing an application or contacting the Office of Student Media about available jobs. Positions filled on an as-need basis include:

  • Reporter
  • Photographer
  • Designer
  • Videographer
  • Web specialist roles

Also, advertising representatives and editors are selected at the end of the previous semester to serve the student newspaper for the next semester.

Part-Time Remote Jobs

Since the pandemic, many companies have shifted to remote or freelance work opportunities. These positions are a great way for students to earn extra cash while pursuing their degrees. The large selection of part-time and remote jobs means you may even be able to find a position that aligns best with your field of study. Do a quick search on popular job sites, such as Indeed or Ziprecruiter, to see what’s currently available. You can also check freelancer job sites to search for tasks that pique your interests. You can try

  • Upwork.com
  • Fiver.com
  • Flexjobs.com

While jobs on freelancer sites are usually on an as-needed basis, it can be a way to supplement your income on your own schedule. As a busy UTK student, you may not have time to easily pick up a part-time position. However, with freelance work, you have more control of when and how much you work.

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UTK offers work-study or part-time positions to students.

Part-Time Employment Job Fair

At the beginning of each Fall semester, the career services at UT hosts a part-time employment job fair to allow students to connect with companies searching for part-time help. This is an excellent opportunity for UT students seeking a job to secure a position for the semester or for the years as undergraduate student or graduate student.

Look for Hiring Signs

If all other options keep you coming up short, you could take a stroll around town looking for hiring signs in business’ windows or on their signs. Even if you do not see a sign, if it’s a place you are passionate about working at, you could ask if they are currently hiring or have any upcoming positions.

While online job hunting is a great place to start, it’s hard to replace the personal connection you can create by visiting the business in person. Also, scoping out the places hiring part-time help can help you get a better feel for their current employees’ happiness before applying.

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