Looking for a job?

We can help you find a position on- or off-campus!

SENIORS - Check out these resources for finding a job during the age of COVID-19.

Work study positions: Check with Financial Aid to ensure you are eligible for these positions. Learn how to apply for a work study position - COMING SOON!

Non-work study campus jobs: If you are not work study eligible, you can still work on or near campus in a temporary position. Learn how to apply for campus jobs here - COMING SOON!

Off-campus jobs: Employers in the surrounding area are always in need of qualified workers. Learn how to apply for off-campus jobs. Contact the Career Center for more assistance with your job search.

Start with Handshake – Our online job board!

Handshake allows students and alumni to post a profile; search full-time, part-time, work-study, and non-work study on-campus job and internship listings; upload résumés; and sign up for on-campus recruiting.

Login to Handshake with your SAU credentials

Handshake Login

Work-Study and On-Campus Jobs

There are many student employment opportunities on campus and in the surrounding community, both for work-study eligible and non-work-study students.

Work-study will appear on your Financial Aid award letter. Students can also check with the Financial Aid Office on Award Letter Next Steps.

Work-Study First-Year Students Attending Orientation
All students learn more about on-campus jobs during Orientation and scan IDs/complete the Form I-9. Jobs are posted to BeeCareers on the second Monday in July. Work-study supervisors will contact students via SAU email or by phone for an interview or to offer a position. We recommend applying as soon as possible because supervisors begin looking at applications and hiring students immediately.

First-Year Students or Transfer Students NOT Attending Orientation
Students apply for jobs on Handshake, the student job board. Sign in to Handshake using your SAU email network password.

Work-study supervisors will contact students via SAU email or by phone for an interview or to offer a position. It is recommended to apply as soon as possible because supervisors begin looking at applications and hiring students immediately.

Getting Paid
All student workers must set up Direct Deposit. You will need to know your bank account and routing number.

How to Set Up Direct Deposit:

  1. Log in to MySAU Portal
  2. Select Self-Service
  3. Select Banking Information and Next to continue.
  4. Enter Bank Routing Number. Enter Bank Account Number (twice). Select Checking or Savings.
  5. Read and Agree to the Terms and Conditions. Select Save.

Q. How do students know if they're eligible for work study?
A. Students must complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be awarded work study. It will appear on the student's financial aid award letter. Students can also contact the Financial Aid Office or view their financial aid information online.

Q. Should freshmen or new students work during their first year in college?
A. Yes! By working on campus, students will gain work experience while also interacting with other students, staff, and faculty. Students will learn to manage time and responsibilities. For many students, working on campus contributes positively to their overall experience and academic performance.

Q. How many hours per week do students typically work?
A. Work-study students will work an average of 8 hours per week during the academic year.

Q. What is the wage rate for student employees?
A. Students are paid $7.25 per hour. This is equivalent to about $1,850.00 per academic year. Work study earnings can be applied toward tuition or to a student's bank account via direct deposit.

Q. Are work-study positions guaranteed to all incoming students if they have been awarded work-study?
A. No. Even if students are awarded work study, they have to apply for positions and be hired.

Q. How do students new to St. Ambrose University apply for a work-study job?
Students will use Handshake to apply for work study jobs. In mid-July, students will have the opportunity to review and apply for jobs. We recommend students apply for multiple jobs as availability may be limited in some departments. Students will apply through Handshake. Then, supervisors will contact students via SAU email or by the cell phone number listed on their application. Supervisors will communicate job details, such as start date and scheduling. Students should check their SAU emails frequently.

Q. What do students do if they want a job and did not receive employment?
A. Students should continue to check Handshake regularly. Positions may become available throughout the semester. We also recommend that students contact the Career Center for additional help, if needed.

Q. Are there jobs on campus where students can do their homework?
A. Work study positions are not intended to be used as study time. Some positons may have more downtime than others. However, students should always complete work first and consult their supervisor if they have downtime. The purpose of the work study program is to provide financial assistance through valuable work experience.

Non-Work-Study/Temporary On-Campus Jobs

On or after the second Monday in July, you can directly apply for non-work-study positions at the Children's Campus, with Wellness and Recreation, or in the Weight Room. Supervisors will contact students via SAU email or by phone to schedule an interview or offer a position.

If you want to get a head start before the second Monday in July, you can complete a cover letter and résumé on Handshake.

SAU Children's Campus (infant and pre-school childcare center)
Work with children at the SAU Children's Campus located at the corner of Marquette and Lombard near campus. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 6am-6pm. See the full position description for Children's Campus below.

Wellness and Recreation Center and Weight Room
Do you want to work for SAU Wellness and Recreation and/or in the Weight Room? Register on our job posting website, Handshake, and follow the instructions. You can check out descriptions for weight room supervisor and sports official positions below. 

Sodexo Food Service
You can be a barista in the Beehive Coffee Shop, a cafeteria worker in Cosgrove, or work in the food court in the Rogalski Center. Apply for Sodexo jobs online. First, type in Davenport, IA and do a search for open positions. If you see one that catches your interest, click "Apply Now" to fill out an application.

If you've attended SAU for at least one semester, you can apply for these positions: 

Student Success Center Tutor
You can tutor your fellow college students by working through the Student Success Center. You must first be recommended by a faculty member.

Resident Advisor (RA)
RAs foster community among residents on a residence hall floor. They receive training and plan programs, resolve conflicts, document behavior issues, and enforce university policy. Residence Life will notify students via SAU email when RA applications are being accepted.

New Student Seminar Peer Assistant
Peer assistants serve as a student co-instructor with a faculty or staff member for New Student Seminar (NSS). All peer assistants must attend all NSS classes, which meet for 50 minutes twice a week for 15 weeks.

STARS (Students Trained as Role Models)
STARS work during summer orientations and lead groups to various offices, answer questions, act in skits, and spend time with the new first-year students.

Food Court Worker

Student workers are needed in the Rogalski Center Food Court. Hours are flexible depending upon your schedule and how many hours you would like to work.

Times available:
Weekdays (3-10:30 p.m. M-Th; 2-7:30 p.m. Friday) and/or weekends (11 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:20-10:30 p.m. Sunday). Start time may be later depending on your class schedule. We have some students that work 5-10:30 p.m. and students that get us through the dinner or lunch rushes, such as Noon-2 p.m. or 4-9 p.m.

• Work the different front-of-the-house stations
• Clean and sanitize workstations, counters, steam tables, and other equipment.
• Interact with customers
• Closing Duties: Sweeping, mopping, stocking, and closing down stations

Students should dress in black pants, black shoes, hair should be pulled away from face, and no jewelry, fake nails, or nail polish is allowed. We will provide a blue polo shirt.

Supervision Received:
Work under direct supervision and follow standard procedures and written instructions to accomplish assigned tasks.

$10.00/hour paid every two weeks by Sodexo. Apply online for this position at sodexousa.jobs. If you are interested in the position, click "Apply Now" and complete the application.

Sports Official


Students will be working in the Lee Lohman Arena and Wellness and Recreation Center located on campus. Any off‐campus sites are less than a 5-minute drive.

Students are responsible for officiating intramural games/matches and enforcing rules and regulations while encouraging good sportsmanship.

Students will also be required to end activities when the potential for danger/injury becomes evident. This includes settling minor disputes and altercations. Possession of conflict management skills desired.

Knowledge of intramural rules and operations is preferred, but not required. No prior officiating experience is necessary; training is provided.

Application: Learn how to apply here

Children's Campus

About the Children's Campus

The St. Ambrose University Children's Campus (SAUCC) is a childcare center for children 8 weeks to 6 years old. It is seven blocks from the main campus on the southwest corner of Lombard and Marquette streets. Students walk during warm weather. The city bus also is available and stops in front of McCarthy Hall. The bus is free for St. Ambrose students with student ID. Bus schedule provided.

Application Information: Learn how to apply here.

Wage: $7.25/hour
Hours: 8+ hours per week

Classroom Helper
The student employee is responsible for assisting with program activities and providing help to teachers in all areas of the classroom program. This includes, but is not limited to, supervising children, communicating with parents, and providing a healthy and safe environment for children.

The student employee will also assist with cleaning duties in the classroom. Responsibilities in order of importance are:

• Assist in maintaining consistency in implementation of caring routines used in the center including, toileting, meals, nap, snacks, playground, and clean-up routines.
• Establish and maintain an open, friendly, warm relationship with children, and communicate with children at their level.
• Use positive reinforcement techniques and appropriate steps in discipline to help children build internal controls.
• Assist in maintaining a safe, clean environment, communicate with parents, teachers, and staff through informal discussions and the communication notebook, and be knowledgeable of and abide by center policies.

Students must purchase a polo shirt to wear with khakis or slacks. Additionally, a current physical and record of immunizations are required.

Required Majors: Psychology, Elementary Education, or Early Childhood Education

Kitchen Help
The student employee is responsible for working in the kitchen to set up lunchtime meals for the children and staff. The student employee also will assist with cleaning duties after lunch and maintaining a safe and clean environment. Arriving on time, having a strong work ethic, and dependability are the most important requirements of the job.

Kitchen hours: M-F, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Must be able to work at least 8 hours per week.

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.