Working during MAPH

July 28th, 2009 § 0 comments

As you finish packing your belongings to bring to Chicago (or start unpacking them, if you’re already arrived) and start digging into your summer reading and perusing the Time Schedules to choose next quarter’s classes, finding a job may be the last thing on your mind. It may, though, be on the forefront of your mind, so here’s a quick summary of useful resources.

Before I begin, a note: Some MAPHers work during MAPH, some don’t. Both are totally reasonable choices. What’s not a totally reasonable choice is entering the program believing that the 19.5 hrs/week the University allows you to work as a graduate student is a reasonable amount to work during MAPH.

If you are able to find a job where you can sit and read or catch up on other work, 10-12 hours per week might be reasonable, but that’s the most we advise you to work while enrolled in the program full-time. 5-10 hours a week (or even less!) might make more sense.

Warnings out of the way, here are some mentor-endorsed websites to use during your pre-MAPH job search:

Student Employment: The University of Chicago’s official student employment site has broad listings for both work-study and non-work-study applicants. These can range from lifeguarding at the pool to working as a research assistant in any department. There aren’t a ton of listings this early in the year, but they will increase dramatically as more students (and professors) return to campus. This should be the first stop in your job search, but remember to also check it regularly as your search continues, because listings do get updated and added.

Library Jobs: If you’re at all interested in working in the library (and the jobs available range widely, including shelving, circulation, and various office positions), fill out an application. The main page almost always says that there are no positions currently available, but they keep applications on file and contact people from that pool when they’re hiring. I was hired by the library a week after filling out an application, at a time when the page said there were no positions available. They often hire earlier than other on-campus jobs, especially if you’re interested in shelving, so this may be a good bet for those of you who are in Chicago already.

UChicago Marketplace: Like a specialized University of Chicago version of Craigslist, the Marketplace can be a great way to find regular jobs or one-time gigs, from dog-walking to Chinese translation, whatever your specialty. If you don’t want a regular part-time job, you can easily supplement your income doing things like helping people move and participating in research studies.

If none of these sites do the trick for you, craigslist, idealist.org, and other non-University sites may be helpful. However, I’ll be surprised if you have to resort to that.

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