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Student positions available each year in Career and Academic Planning:




Publicity/Graphic Design Student Assistant

Positions available for 2017-2018: 3
Application window: applications for 2017-2018 will open in February
Wage and hours per week: $8.00/hour; 10 hours/week
Interested? Apply on JMU Joblink. Click Student Positions > posting 0407202.
Questions? Contact Emily Blake at blakeed@jmu.edu.  

The team of 3 Publicity/Graphic Design Student Assistants works on:

  • Publicizing events and services offered by the office of Career & Academic Planning (CAP).  These events and services aim to help students with job and internship search, choosing a major, applying to graduate school, and other career-related activities.
  • Creating and distributing digital and print materials for promotion, including (but not limited to) fliers, digital signs for TVs on campus, website graphics, bulk emails, table tents, and social media posts (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.).
  • Utilizing Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop) and Canva to create and edit graphics.
  • Meeting with staff members to help plan publicity for events or services they coordinate.
  • Collaborating with other student assistants on the media team to brainstorm the best ways to reach fellow JMU students.
  • Taking a supported leadership role in publicizing several CAP events such as Career Fair or Resume Writing Workshops.
  • Taking a supported leadership role in managing CAP social media accounts.
  • Meeting deadlines for campus-wide publicity.
  • Participating in regular meetings with supervisor and team meetings with the other student assistants in CAP.
  • Optional: presenting to all of CAP staff on an area of interest to you, for the purpose of mutual professional development.

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Video/Photography Student Assistant

Positions available for 2017-2018: 1
Application window: applications for 2017-2018 will open in February
Wage and hours per week: $8.00/hour; 10 hours/week
Interested? Apply on JMU Joblink. Click Student Positions > posting 0407203.
Questions? Contact Emily Blake at blakeed@jmu.edu.

The Video/Photography Student Assistant is responsible for filming and editing videos and taking photos for the office of Career & Academic Planning (CAP). Video projects enhance CAP's presence online and help educate the JMU population about our services and events. Video topics could include choosing a major, finding a job, going to graduate school, professional attire, etc. All projects are related to students' academic and career decisions. While the position focuses mainly on videos, the video/photography student assistant is also asked to photograph events, as well as to take staff portraits for the website. Photography may also be needed to incorporate still images into videos or publications. Sometimes video and photography requests may require evening hours (example: filming a presentation in its entirety). The Video/Photography Student Assistant works on:

  • Brainstorming, planning, shooting, and editing promotional videos for the department.
  • Scheduling times to film interviews or scenic shots around campus. Attention to detail and organization are very important when arranging times to meet with subjects and film around campus.
  • Checking out, reserving, and returning video and photography equipment (cameras, lighting, microphones, etc.) from JMU Media Resources as needed for projects.
  • Meeting with staff members to brainstorm, plan, and create videos highlighting events/services that they coordinate.
  • Collaborating with other student assistants on the media team to brainstorm the best ways to reach fellow JMU students.
  • Attending weekly supervisor meetings and monthly staff meetings with the other student assistants in CAP.

Optional:

  • Presenting to all of CAP staff on an area of interest to you, for the purpose of mutual professional development.
  • Taking a supported leadership role in publicizing a CAP event such as Career Fair or another event.
  • Taking a supported leadership role in posting to CAP social media accounts.

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Website Student Assistant

Positions available for 2017-2018: 1
Application window: applications for 2017-2018 will open in February
Wage and hours per week: $8.00/hour; 10 hours/week
Interested? More information will be posted when position is open, in December 2016.
Questions? Contact Emily Blake at blakeed@jmu.edu.

The Website Student Assistant is responsible for updating and maintaining the Career & Academic Planning (CAP) website. Our website is run through JMU’s Cascade platform. The Website Student Assistant works on:

  • Creating and updating individual pages of the website, and styling overall.
  • Working one-on-one with office staff on website updates, as requested.
  • Updating CAP calendar and JMU Master Calendar with CAP events.
  • Distributing CAP digital signs to digital sign administrators across campus and uploading them to CAP screens.
  • Collaborating with other student assistants on the media team to brainstorm the best ways to reach fellow JMU students.
  • Participating in regular meetings with supervisor and team meetings with the other student assistants in CAP.

Optional:

  • Presenting to all of CAP staff on an area of interest to you, for the purpose of mutual professional development.
  • Taking a supported leadership role in publicizing a CAP event such as Career Fair or another event.
  • Taking a supported leadership role in posting to CAP social media accounts.

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Career Educators

Positions available for 2017-2018: Number varies each year; the staff is usually comprised of 12 Career Educators
Application Window: Jan/Feb
Wage and hours per week: Volunteer; 4-6 hours/week
Interested?: See the CE Recruitment home page for more information. Questions? Contact Teal Golden at goldente@jmu.edu.

Career Educators (CE's) are undergraduate peer educators who volunteer 4-6 hours a week in the office of Career and Academic Planning. CE's create and present career outreach programs to student organizations and residence halls, lead tours of the Career and Academic Planning resource center, review resumes, and assist with special events including Career Fairs.

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Office Student Assistant (apply by 4/28)

Positions available for 2016-2017: 1
Wage and hours per week: $8/hour; hours per week will be based on Federal Work Study award granted
Interested?: Submit a cover letter and resume to jmucareereducators@gmail.com. Questions? Contact Teal Golden at goldente@jmu.edu.

The Office Student Assistant provides administrative support for the office of Career and Academic Planning, CAP Resource Center, Career Educator Program and other administrative duties as assigned. This is a Federal Work Study position, so students eligible for FWS are encouraged to apply. We are looking for a detail oriented, organized individual.

Duties will include:

  • Organize and monitor work schedule for a group of 12-16 volunteers representing the office.
  • Maintain scheduling and tracking system for tours, events and presentations providing timely communication between group members, supervisor and constituents requesting services.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings - communicate scheduling updates, take minutes, etc.
  • Answer general student questions and provide support as needed at front desk or in Resource Center.
  • Assist with administrative projects when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Model excellent customer service for all constituents including students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage time efficiently, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely, maintain and organize records.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google programs.
  • Must have Federal Work Study eligibility for the year of employment. Federal Work Study eligibility is typically not granted until the summer each year. Usually students who have received FWS awards in the past will receive FWS eligibility in the future, but this is not guaranteed. Hiring for this position will be contingent upon you receiving an FWS award for the year of employment. See the Federal Work Study FAQ page for more information. Scroll to question 11 to see where you can go in MyMadison to see whether you've had FWS eligibility in the past.

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Graduate Assistants

Positions available for 2016-2017: 1 Employer Relations & Recruiting Services Graduate Assistant (see note above about required graduate program)
Stipend and hours per week: 20 hours per week; see JMU Graduate Assistantship information on the Graduate School website for more information. Our assistantships can typically only provide in-state tuition.
Interested?: Apply on JMU Joblink. Click Graduate Assistant Positions > posting 0407199. Contact Emma Maynard at maynaref@jmu.edu for more information.

Graduate Assistants (GA's) are vital members of the Career and Academic Planning staff. They use their talents to support Career and Academic Planning services and programs 20 hours a week. Responsibilities generally fall in the areas of direct student contact and support to a variety of our programs, including Assessment and On-Campus Recruiting. Some typical job responsibilities may include helping students create resumes, facilitating career decision making workshops, helping with events such as fairs, participating in office committees, assisting with visiting employers, working with our Recruit-A-Duke online job & internship database, and providing administrative support. Successful graduate assistant candidates will have strong skills in verbal communication, interpersonal interactions, time and project management, teamwork, initiative, Microsoft Office programs, and giving presentations.

Because of the unique nature of our 5 Graduate Assistants' roles and the skill sets required, we recruit from very specific graduate programs. Our 3 Career Counseling GA's must be enrolled in the College Student Personnel Administration program, our 1 Assessment GA must be enrolled in the Psychological Science Quantitative Methods program, and our 1 Employer Relations & Recruiting Services GA typically comes from the Adult Human Resource Development program. 

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