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Student Engagement and Campus Life offers students the opportunity to work in a team-oriented environment. We take pride in our customer experience and welcome students interested in helping us execute our mission through event planning, facility operations, event production, retail, the arts, and supporting off-campus students.

Gain Experience

Our student employees are treated and valued as key members of our team. Working with us affords students experience with office management, client experience, programming, systems management, teamwork, and more.

Competitive Starting Rate

Student Engagement and Campus Life offers a competitive starting wage. Opportunities for promotion and growth are available.


A Student Engagement and Campus Life student employee has a choice of working at 4 locations and 14 different offices on campus: Squires Student Center, the Graduate Life Center, the War Memorial Chapel, and Johnston Student Center. The hours are flexible as we value that our employees are students first.

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Opportunities by Area

Student Building Manager
The Squires Student Building Manager is a prominent position among Student Engagement and Campus Life student employees and is hailed as an invaluable senior experience. Building Managers have the ultimate responsibility for the smooth, efficient operations of Squires Student Center and its employees during the assigned shifts. The student building manager must exhibit exceptional leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, accountability and the ability to supervise and delegate successfully. Student building managers must exercise sound judgment and exhibit a professional image at all times.

Operations Specialist
The Operations Specialists’ main responsibility is working with event set ups and assisting with the operation of Squires Student Center during their shifts. This position utilizes leadership skills ranging from time management and delegation to staying organized and completing multiple tasks that may have time implications. This position must prioritize tasks during the course of their shifts while working independently; ultimately, the ability to operate in the team setting will ensure the success of the operations staff of Student Engagement and Campus Life as a whole.

Information Specialist
The Information Specialist position is a customer service based position working at the Squires Welcome Desk. Information Specialists also work directly with the lost and found system, Crowd Find, for all items brought to Squires Student Center. Employees of this area must be capable of assisting Squires Student Center patrons (students, faculty, staff, and visitors) with a multitude of information related services in a prompt, professional, courteous, and effective manner.

Student Building Manager
The Johnston Student Center Student Building Manager is a unique and character building position within Student Engagement and Campus Life. Student Building Managers have the ultimate responsibility for the smooth, efficient operations of Johnston Student Center and its employees during the assigned shifts. The SBM must exhibit exceptional leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, accountability, supervision skills, and ensure the safe operations of Johnston during events. Student Building Managers must exercise sound judgment and exhibit a professional image at all times.

Operations Specialist
The Operations Specialist position is an integral part of the continuous efficient operations of Johnston Student Center. The work of the Operations Specialists can be summarized in four different categories. The primary responsibilities are maintaining a clean facility, meeting room setups and restoration of equipment after use, service to patrons, guests, students, faculty and staff who are using the facility, assistance with the security of Johnston Student Center, which includes continuous patrolling as well as securing of interior and exterior doors at the end of the day.

GLC Building Manager
Building Managers support the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech. This position works closely with the Student Engagement and Campus Life Operations Coordinator and the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons of the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, oversight of the information desk, reserving rooms, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.), administrative support, marketing, and clerical duties. Shift hours vary but may require Saturdays and may include early morning, day, evening, weekend and holiday hours as needed.

Lead Recreation Assistant
Directs and organizes several types of recreation programs, including leagues and tournaments. Serves as a group team leader and training assistant for members of the recreation assistant staff. Team leadership includes monitoring and coordinating a weekend closing team and assuring team dependability. Leaders are expected to demonstrate leadership skills and serve as examples to the recreation assistant crew in all employment aspects. The lead recreation assistant also assumes responsibility for programmatic marketing, event promotions, and administrative projects as directed by the recreation center manager.

Recreation Assistant
Provides customer service to students, faculty/staff, and community members contacting the space with questions about Breakzone reservations, rentals and other concerns related to some part of this process.  Will also involve providing customer service over the phone and in-person for walk-in customers and attending and being present during work shift to maximize client experience.

Graphic Designer
This position will conceptualize and create graphic needs for Student Engagement and Campus Life. Duties will include meeting with clients to determine design needs, the creation of graphic materials (logos, newsletter templates, annual report template, programmatic promotion, etc.) and photography for departmental social media outlets.

Reservations Assistant
This position is the primary assistant to event planners and assists with all assigned duties and tasks including event scheduling, management and on-site coordination, and maintenance and communication of liability and risk management. The event planning specialist is also responsible for various client consultations, referrals, account maintenance, and event coordination as well as general office tasks (filing, mailing, copying, etc.). The event planning specialist will participate in meetings with professional staff and various clientele, act as secondary scheduling assistant during high-traffic/busy office times, and assist the office manager, planners, and the assistant director with duties and tasks as assigned.

Student Maintenance Assistant
The Student Maintenance Assistant will perform preventative maintenance tasks throughout SECL facilities: Squires and Johnston Student Centers, Chapel, and Graduate Life Center. They will also  assist the SECL Maintenance Staff with various projects in both Student Centers. Successful candidates will have a rudimentary knowledge of basic maintenance procedures, be able to use basic hand and power tools, be able to work from ladders, be dependable, and have a strong work ethic.

Student Liaison
The Student Liaison supports the missions of Off Campus Housing by providing students and parents with education, information and student-based services. This position involves facilitating educational presentations, providing university information, and helping maintain the VTOCH area. Students in this position assist with on and off-campus events, housing fairs and workshops, as well as working with housing partners and departments for marketing.

Ticket Office Attendant
Selected applicants process season ticket orders for Virginia Tech Union, the Lively Arts series, and the School of the Arts series; and sell single ticket orders via phone, and over the counter. The Ticket Office attendant distributes literature to patrons and answers questions about shows and events. Other than selling tickets, the top priority of the Ticket Office attendant is customer service.

Passport Office Attendant
Selected applicants process applications and review them for authenticity at the Passport Office. A big key to success in the Passport Office Attendant position is having a flexible schedule while being organized on your shift. Also, applicants will be collaborating with different university departments, athletics, and external clients to help with their passport needs. Other than processing Passports, the top priority of the Passport Office Attendant is customer service.

Gallery Lead
Gallery leads serve as assistant to the art program director. In addition to their role as gallery attendants (see duties below), additional responsibilities include training of new gallery attendants, scheduling for gallery attendant shifts,  administration of gallery social media, managing front desk operations,  coordinating and presenting gallery Art Reach projects, assisting in exhibitions, and managing staff during gallery receptions.  This position may be split between two leads with specific duties assigned to each.

Gallery Attendant
Gallery attendants provide assistance to the art program director by managing front desk operations and overseeing the security of the gallery. Duties included: greeting gallery patrons, staying informed about current exhibits, assisting the public with questions concerning exhibits, providing building, campus and/or town information to patrons.  Gallery attendants also assist with exhibit installations and participate in gallery reception set-up/clean- up and hosting.  Gallery attendants may work with our Art Reach program, providing art- making opportunities to VT students and members of the larger community.

Production Tech I
The Production Technician I is an entry-level, student position within Production Services. This position provides labor, audio, video and lighting support for events taking place in the Squires Student Center, Burruss Auditorium, Graduate Life Center and other campus indoor and outdoor venues. This position reports to the Production Services Coordinator but will work under the leadership of the Production Technician II and student Supervisors to learn basic sound reinforcement, audio, video and lighting principles and systems operation. Proficiency in these areas is necessary for moving up to the next-level.

Engagement Ambassador
Engagement Ambassadors are responsible for helping fellow Hokies find their community through peer advising and student organization membership. Engagement Ambassadors also support student leaders as they identify ways to help their organizations thrive at Virginia Tech. These goals will be accomplished through social media and mass communication, peer advising, workshop facilitation, and managing the student organization resource center, The Source. Project focus areas include but are not limited to Organization Outreach, New Organization Support, and Organization Recognition. Project assignments will be based on interview, experience and student goals.

Many of the University Chartered Student Organizations (UCSOs) advised through our department have paid and unpaid opportunities for students to gain valuable skills and experience.

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