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Information for Students Seeking Employment

There is a variety of employment opportunities for students to work for or with Residence Life on campus. Students can apply for Resident Assistant positions with the residence halls, apartments and suites on campus. Or, there are suggestions below for students seeing other part-time positions that work with Residence Life.

Frequently Asked Questions about Student Employment

What are the application requirements for prospective RAs?

What type of training is offered to RAs?

What are some of the expectations and duties of an RA?

Are there opportunities to work with Residence Life besides the RA positions?





What are the application requirements for prospective RAs?

Students interested in the Resident Assistant program must be full-time undergraduate students with at least 12 Penn State credits and a 2.4 GPA.

You must attend an information session in order to receive an application to the program.

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What type of training is offered to RAs?

If accepted into the RA selection program, all potential RAs are required to take CSA 397-- a semester-long, three-credit course. This "by invitation only" interactive course, taught by Residence Life professional staff, offers communication and leadership skill development.

Training is also provided in the days before students return to campus before semesters, and in on-going supervision. View the CSA 397 course syllabus (pdf).

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What are some of the expectations and duties of an RA?

RAs act as role models and community builders within the residence hall areas while integrating their roles as University representatives and student advocates. There are times when RAs must also be disciplinarians, but mostly the job involves having a genuine concern for others.

Resident Assistant Program Description

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Are there opportunities to work with Residence Life besides the RA positions?

Students may find other part-time work in a variety of settings. The central and area offices employ work-study students, our Housing colleagues hire students to work at the commons desks, ResCom hires students to work with the residence hall computer networks, Food Services has many opportunities in the dining halls and other eateries, and part-time work with University Police in residence hall security.

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