Student Employment at JBU

Joe R. Smith Student Service Program

(Average award is $2,000)

Student employment programs include:

  • Federal Work-study
  • Federal Community Service
  • Institutional Work-study

View the required forms for Work-Study

About the program

In the early years of JBU, every student worked as a part of his or her education. Students made dresses, furniture, baked goods, and many other products to pay for the costs of the instruction they received here. Today, we employ over 700 students each year. Most work 7.5 hours per week. The pay is $9.25 per hour, and most students have an award of $2,000.

The JBU Financial Aid Office may award work-study as part of the student's financial aid package. Students schedule work around their classes. To earn his or her maximum work-study award, the student must work an average of 7.5 hours per week. Students receive payment every two weeks via direct deposit or pay card. Students can apply their earnings to tuition and room/board expenses by making payments to their account, or use work-study funds for other expenses. (Please note, work-study awards are not automatically counted as aid when calculating monthly payment plans. This is because work-study funds are an "earned award," based on the total number of hours a student works.) To apply for work-study, students need to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Freshmen accept work-study positions in one of three areas that are essential to the daily operation of the campus: food services, custodial services, or grounds crew.

Students in food services may perform the following duties: cafeteria service, dishwashing, cooking, salad bar preparation, cake/dessert decorating, cleanup, computer data entry, inventory, processing time cards, and student ID scanning. Flexible hours begin in the early morning (5:30 am) and go until the late evening.  Weekend hours are available. Walker Student Center California Café employees are also hired through Creative Dining Services.

Students in custodial services perform general housekeeping duties to be performed in the dorms or in the office/academic areas. These duties include dusting, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash receptacles, etc. Flexible morning, evening, late evening, and weekend hours are available.

Grounds crew responsibilities include mowing, landscaping, watering, weeding, snow removal, trash pickup, planting, some indoor plant care, painting traffic signs, etc. Hours are available between 7 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday, except for 12 to 1 pm. Occasional weekend work may be available.

Each summer, upperclassmen apply for jobs open for the fall semester. These positions include Walton Lifetime Health Complex front desk monitors, admissions interns, teacher assistants, library assistants, computer lab monitors, and many others.

Federal community service jobs include reading and math tutors, Boys and Girls Club Leaders, public library attendants, and other positions with local non-profit organizations.

Expectations for Student Employees

Expectations for Work-Study Supervisors

"In our view, the end of all work is to please God. We stand against the view, prevalent in the world today, that a job or career is chosen to please the self alone. In the world's value system, the gods of money and status become the measures of success. A penniless missionary in some distant field of Christian service simply does not fit very well into this career plan. We believe that every occupation holds within it the potential for Christian service."
—John E. Brown

Frequently asked questions

I have work experience in a certain field. Can I apply for a job in the field even though I'm a freshman?

No. All freshmen are assigned to an essential services position for one full year. Freshmen can choose to work for food services, custodial services, or grounds crew. These areas provide vital services for the daily operation of the University and require a large number of student workers in order to run effectively.

When do work-study assignments start?

Work-Study begins the first day of classes each semester.

When do I get paid?

Student employees get paid every two weeks beginning in September and ending in May. 

Are work-study wages taxable? Should I include it on my tax return?

Yes! All wages paid to students (including work-study) are subject to federal and state income taxes, and must be reported on the appropriate tax forms. Retirement contributions, such as social security, are not withheld. Each employee will receive an earnings statement, Form W-2, from the Business Office at the end of the calendar year.

Who was Joe R. Smith?

Joe R. Smith graduated from John Brown University in 1927. After graduation, he devoted nearly fifty years as the director of JBU's work programs. It has been said that he was "the personification of the JBU spirit." He carefully upheld the ideals of the work ethic, as he faithfully gave encouragement to students who worked around him. He was a wonderful example for the students as he effectively labored to serve God and man.

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phone: 479.524.7102