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Encouraging ‘on-campus’ student hiring

Career Services supports departments in creating positions within the remote environment. 

Hiring Students Toolkit
The new website contains a toolkit for departments, including tips, resources, and workshops.

A hallmark of the Queen's experience is co-curricular engagement, in particular student participation in formal on-campus positions, such as paid part-time employment, peer and other volunteer roles, involvement in research activities, and roles in student organizations.

Despite the impacts of COVID-19, there will still be a vibrant landscape of opportunities for students this coming year.

To help departments maintain and grow the number of student co-curricular positions at Queen’s, Career Services recently launched the Hiring Students Toolkit website. This new cross-institutional initiative was identified as a priority by a planning committee, including faculty/school and student representatives, that was struck this spring as part of the university’s response to the pandemic.

Part of the institutional commitment to upholding our strong student experience, this new cross-institutional initiative was identified as a priority.

“A primarily remote fall term does not mean that student roles are not possible,” says Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green. “Student positions are an essential part of the Queen’s experience. I encourage all departments to create roles for the upcoming year, where possible, and I thank all units that have adjusted existing roles to provide these valuable opportunities for our students this spring and summer.”

The new website contains a toolkit for departments, including tips, resources, and workshops on how to: create a student role, recruit a student, tips with onboarding and supervision. Departments are encouraged to make student roles remote when possible.

“Working at Queen’s this year has been nothing short of amazing. I experienced many opportunities that helped me grow both personally and professionally – and got great work experience that was also rewarding,” says Veronica Sewilski, who is currently working remotely as a student assistant for Orientation & Transition at the Student Experience Office in Student Affairs. “It was valuable to see the challenges when switching to remote and learn how to do it successfully. This job also helped me discover the large number of opportunities that are available for me after I graduate.”

“We know that remote positions are attractive to students, and there is already evidence of their effectiveness,” says Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney. “This summer, departments quickly pivoted their Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) positions, most of them to remote work.”

There is still time to create new roles for this fall/winter. To find out more about how your unit can support building student opportunities “on-campus” visit the Hiring Students Toolkit website.

You can also attend the Hiring Students Toolkit webinar, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1-2 pm. Email el.hub@queensu.ca today to register.