Working On and Off-Campus

Do you know what kind of opportunity you’re after? Use these resources to get started!
Not sure where to start? We’re here to help you find opportunities and get you ready for that interview! Set up an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your options. Our office offers various employment and job search resources that can help students and alumni apply for opportunities.

For on-campus jobs, click the left link below which takes you to careers.umich.edu, and in the Job Search box, make these selections:
Work Location: Dearborn
Full/Part-Time: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Student Employment Q&A

I have very little work experience, and I want to change that! What are my options?

On-campus employment opportunities are a great way to develop your skills and gain useful experience. Positions might be in offices that support students, the library, helping faculty with research or supporting campus buildings and events, just to name a few.  These positions are part-time and provide you the opportunity to gain many transferable skills for future internship and employment opportunities.

To apply go to careers.umich.edu. In the Job Search box, choose: Work Location: Dearborn; Full/Part-Time: Part-Time; Regular/Temporary: Temporary.

I met with my financial aid advisor and have been told I qualify for work-study. What does this really mean and what are the next steps?

Available through FAFSA, federal work-study is a financial aid program for students who have financial need. The student employee is paid as agreed with the employer, but a percentage of the wages are paid through federal funds, with the remainder paid by the student's employer. This benefits the student who earns money to help pay educational expenses as well as the employer who is reimbursed for a portion of the expense. Since this makes it more affordable for an on-campus employer to hire you, this opens up more opportunities for you which you will see when you search for positions at careers.umich.edu.

Work-study can be used for on-campus jobs as well some off-campus employment in non-profit agencies.  If you are interested in this type of work, please contact Mai Qazzaz at mqazzaz@umich.edu for more information. For more information on eligibility, visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

I am an international student and am not yet eligible for OPT. What type of employment do I qualify for until that time?

As an international student you are eligible to work on campus. Visit careers.umich.edu and in the Job Search box, make these selections: 
Work Location: Dearborn
Full/Part-Time: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary.

Note: there may be some positions that require work-study, which is a form of financial aid for students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Be sure to inform the Office of International Affairs that you have obtained a position on campus!

What other opportunities besides on-campus employment are there for me?

Depending on how far along you are in your studies, you may consider applying for a co-op or internship. These are often paid opportunities in which you will acquire experience in your specific area of study while also gaining academic credit (note, internships that are not for academic credit are also available).

Each UM-Dearborn college has different requirements, so check out the umdearborn.edu/internships page to connect with someone in your college.

To explore off-campus opportunities for internships or full- or part-time employment, visit Symplicity Career Connections. This job board is full of organizations that are specifically recruiting UM-Dearborn students, and it's updated daily. Check it out! 

What are some of the benefits of having an internship?

Internships are excellent opportunities to explore potential careers, make professional connections in your field, and gain relevant work experience to add to your resume. As an intern, you'll develop "soft skills" like communication, team work, and the ability to work with diverse groups of people while becoming more marketable to future employers. In some cases, there is the possibility of transitioning to a full-time permanent position upon completion of your internship.

What are some of the skills I can gain from on-campus employment or an internship?

Of course the exact skills will depend on what and where your position is, but no matter the position, if you reflect on what you're learning and make the most of the opportunity, you'll gain "transferable skills." These are skills that are useful in many environments and situations. Some examples include:

  • Development and practice of soft skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving
  • Demonstration of personal responsibility and leadership
  • Understanding of campus/organizational resources and how/when to use them
  • Exposure to and engagement with different environments, cultures, and people
  • Acquisition of career knowledge and workplace skills

Join the Talent Gateway for a way to reflect on these experience and earn the (M)Talent distinction on your transcript!

Sounds like I have some options...  I’m not sure what’s the best fit for me, what would you recommend?  

Career Services is here to assist you with exploring your options as well as in helping you prepare through guidance on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and tips on how to put your best foot forward in the application process.

Schedule an appointment with us and we can help!

Career Search Resources

We've gathered resources from around the web to provide information about career paths and planning - check out the sections below!

Prospective Students

The Career Services team is glad that you are considering UM-Dearborn, and we recognize that choosing a college isn't easy!

Keeping in mind that it is ok - and completely normal! - to not know exactly what you want to do with your career, we have a few resources that might help you. If you choose to attend UM-Dearborn, you will have even more resources at your disposal.

FocusCareer: This free, online assessment isn't designed to limit you, but rather to provide a base to see where you are in your career planning and how well you understand your interests, values, skills, and possible career choices. As you go through the inventory, we suggest you go with your first thoughts, and don't overanalyze your responses. Remember there are no "right" or "wrong" answers. Login to FocusCareer (access code: goblue

Career Advising: Prospective students are welcome to schedule an appointment with one of our career advisors who can review your FocusCareer results and/or answer any career-related questions you may have. You can also choose to speak with one of our Career Peers, a current student who can give you advice and an overview of resources that may be helpful with your search.

Prospective students are welcome to schedule an appointment with one of our career advisors who can review your FocusCareer results and/or answer any career-related questions you may have. You can also choose to speak with one of our Career Peers, a current student who can give you advice and an overview of resources that may be helpful with your search. Email dearborncareerservices@umich.edu to set up a time to meet virtually.

The Career Services team wishes you all the best as you begin this next phase in your life!  

Resources for Military Veterans

The Career Services office is eager to help you successfully transition from the Armed Forces to civilian employment. Below are a few key resources; be sure to visit our Veteran's Career Resources page for even more.

Websites by Career Field

Education

Student Teachers: be sure to check your AAEE guide for more information about choosing a school district, etc. Contact dearborncareerservices@umich.edu if you are having trouble accessing yours.

Mardigian Library Career Resources

The Library has friendly librarians who can help you figure out which resources are best ones to find career-related information, and they provide several databases that are available to UM-Dearborn students.

Getting Career-Related Help at the Library

The Mardigian Library has dedicated subject specialists who can answer questions and help you find the resources you're looking for - and even some you didn't even know you wanted! For anything career-related, contact Sophia McFadden-Keesling (313-593-5598) or click on "Ask the Mardigian" on the library's homepage.

The Library staff can help you navigate print and electronic resources, including

  • Print and e-books on career choices and career advice
  • Career databases that give career information such as salaries, outlook, and degrees needed
  • Practice tests for careers that require an exam
  • Market research databases that provide information on the state of an industry—is it growing, stagnant, or decreasing?
  • Company databases that help you get ready for that big interview!

To find an updated list of career related books and ebooks available at the Mardigian Library, please check out this Career Resource Guide!

Finding Information on My Own

Begin at the library’s homepage and follow the instructions below:

To find: Do This:  Example:
Print and e-books
  • Click on the “Books & e-Books” button on the library’s homepage
  • Type search terms in the search box
"jobs for language majors"
Career databases
  • Click on the “Databases” button on the library’s homepage
  • Use the “A to Z” list to reach the Occupational Outlook Handbook database
Click on the “Healthcare” link in the left nav bar, for example, to find job duties, required education and training, pay, and outlook for this occupation.
Career databases,
cont.
  • Click on the “Databases” button on the library’s homepage
  • Use the “A to Z” list to reach the USA Career Guides database
Click on the “Career Guide” link that matches the scope of your job interest: Country, Global City, or U.S. City. For example, I would click on “U.S. City Career Guides” then “New York” to find top companies, employment and industry trends, cost of living, job openings, and more in that city.
Practice tests
  • Click on the “Databases” button on the library’s homepage
  • Use the “A to Z” list to reach the Learning Express Library database
You will need to create an account within this resource to take practice tests. Careers such as legal, nursing, allied health, civil service, law enforcement, military, and teaching are represented here. For example, I would click on “Health Occupations Practice Entrance Test” to access and take practice tests (50 questions each) on biology, chemistry, general science, math ability, reading comprehension, and verbal ability.
Market research
databases
  • Click on the “Databases” button on the library’s homepage
  • Use the “A to Z” list to reach the IBIS World database
Type the name of the industry in the search box. For example, the search phrase “web design” leads me to a report on “Web Design Services”. I learn that employment growth is declining and the number of new businesses has leveled off. You can search over 500 industries worldwide.
Market research
databases, cont.
  • Click on the “Databases” button on the library’s homepage
  • Use the “A to Z” list to reach the MarketLine Advantage database
Find leading companies and market overview for over 3,000 industries. For example, if I type the search phrase “fashion design’ and narrow my search to North America, I uncover the “United States-Apparel Retail” report.
Company
databases
  • Click on the “Databases” button on the library’s homepage
  • Use the “A to Z” list to reach the D&B Hoovers database
Are you heading into an interview and would like to know more about the interviewing company so you can really shine? For example, if you have an interview with DTE Energy, use the company name as a search term and find out all locations in Michigan, information on when the company was started, what awards the company has just received, or other recent news.
Company
databases, cont.
  • Click on the “Databases” button on the library’s homepage
  • Use the “A to Z” list to reach the Business Insights: Global database
Type your company name in the search box to locate a company profile that covers sales, number of employees, history of the company, brands, and key executives. For example, I found a company profile on Shinola.

To find an updated list of career related books and ebooks available at the Mardigian Library, please check out this Career Resource Guide!

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