Here at Lakeland, we have full-time career development professionals who are well-trained and focused on helping you find meaningful cooperative education placements and/or internships - and, upon graduation, fulltime careers in your field of study.
We work closely with some of the area’s most renowned corporations to secure critically important positions for students.
Lakeland University has partnered with Handshake, the largest career community for students and recent graduates.
Be sure to set up your Handshake account to make appointments with the Co-Op team, upload your resume, job search and connect with employers!
A significant benefit of a Lakeland education is that our relationship with you will be personal and ongoing. The services our office provide include:
Lakeland offers numerous on-campus employment opportunities, allowing students to connect with the school, earn money and build their résumés.
If you have questions regarding student employment at Lakeland, contact the Career Readiness & Cooperative Education staff at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What is the first step in finding an on-campus job?
All on-campus student positions will be accessible on Handshake. Handshake is a nationwide platform for college students where you can share your employment history and career documents, and apply for any on-campus positions!
Students can also follow the Lakeland Cooperative Education & Career Readiness page on Facebook for updates on open positions and any other student employment news.
When does hiring take place for the academic year?
We encourage supervisors to connect with interested students in July and early August and make offers so that students can plan out their fall schedule accordingly. Most positions are filled prior to the start of each term, but there are frequent ongoing/changing needs that can be hired at any point in time. We will work with all students at any time to help them find a position that best suits their interests, needs, schedule, etc.
I am not eligible for Federal Work Study. Can I still work on-campus?
Full-time traditional undergraduate students and international graduate students can work on-campus, but priority is given to students with Federal Work Study and students in the Cooperative Education program.
What jobs are available on-campus?
Almost every department on-campus employs students. Most departments depend on students to help with daily operations. For example, students work in Dining Services, the Fitness Center, the Library, the Academic Resource Center, Marketing, etc.
**Please note: the positions listed here may or may not be available.**
How many hours can I work on-campus?
During the academic year, students can work 10 hours per week and 18 hours per week in positions that don't have consistent weekly hours, such as tutoring services or ambassadors. During times when there is no school for a full week, students can work up to 29 hours – this occurs during winter break and spring break. During the summer, students may work up to 40 hours per week.
Are work hours flexible so I can hold a full class load and be involved on-campus?
Yes, supervisors are understanding of class schedules. Some positions have early morning or evening positions available and other departments allow you to break up your hours during the day. Schedules can be determined prior to working to fit student needs.
What is the pay rate on campus?
During the academic year, students start at $8.00 per hour their first year of on-campus employment and wages increase 25 cents per hour each year they hold an on-campus position, reaching a maximum of $8 per hour. A few positions offer a higher pay rate.
When do student employees get paid?
Students are paid twice a month. The payroll schedule for the academic year can be found on my.Lakeland.edu under the "Employee Info" tab. Lakeland University requires mandatory direct deposit for all employees. To set up direct deposit, a voided check or banking document with routing and account numbers and account type is required.
After I've been hired for an on-campus position, what must I do to start working?
Once you have been hired, your supervisor will notify Human Resources. Human Resources will then contact you via your Lakeland email to setup an appointment to complete paperwork. You will need to bring the following documents to this appointment:
Students are not able to start working in their on-campus position until this paperwork has been completed.
Is there assistance provided if I want to work off-campus
Undecided about your career, or what field you want to go into after your time at Lakeland?
Our alumni are represented in a variety of work environments. Whether it is sharing advice to students, allowing for an on-site or virtual job shadow, or helping with interview skills ... our Cooperative Education team and alumni office are excited to create and foster meaningful relationships between current Muskies and Muskie alumni.
For more information, or to schedule a job shadow, please click the link below - or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Employer partners are eagerly collaborating with Lakeland to hire well-prepared, highly motivated students.
By incorporating work experiences into an academic experience, you’ll see the link between what you learn in the classroom and the job you’re performing in the workplace. We’ll also teach you the skills employees seek that will help you develop as a professional.
Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset and want a professional experience that will set you apart from your peers?
Check out Launch: Lakeland Student-Run Businesses which offers paid, unparalleled experiential learning and small business management opportunities to Lakeland students.
Students will be empowered to create, develop, manage and lead business ventures while developing into one of the next generation's emerging leaders.
Students who are enrolled in a credit-bearing experience (Co-Op, internship, practicum) are required to submit their hours to Formstack on a weekly basis. To submit your hours, follow the instructions below:
If you have questions regarding this process, please connect with Megan Hellmer from our co-op team. email@example.com
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cooperative Education team at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What Can I Do With My Major?
Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided.