On-campus employment offers great flexibility and convenience for WOU students. On average, 1,385 students are employed at WOU during the school year, so your chances of finding a position are great. Virtually every department on campus employs students in some capacity. Students can typically find on-campus positions in the following ways:
Students who work up to 15 hours/week do better in college, gain skills and real world experience, and help finance their education. Regardless of industry, students who work part-time jobs during college are more attractive to employers compared to their classmates who do not work. There are many opportunities in the local Monmouth/Independence/Salem/Corvallis area.
Wondering how you’re going to gain the experience you need to land that full-time job/career after your graduate? Or maybe you’re curious about a specific profession/industry and want to learn more about what it’s really like? Internships are one great way for students to gain experience, test drive a potential career path, make connections and connect what they are learning in the classroom to what they could potentially do as a career.
Learn more about internships.
Not enough time in your schedule to take on a part-time job or internship during the school term but still want to get involved? Being a full-time student is a considerable time commitment. Alternative Break is a great option for students to volunteer their time towards a cause, see another part of our region, state, or country, and gain meaningful experience, while not having to take time away from your studies. Visit our Alternative Break program page for more information.
The mission of the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) is to promote undergraduate research, in its broadest sense, at Western Oregon University. PURE strives to build and sustain a culture of support for student scholarly endeavors through the development of a campus-wide infrastructure that enhances dissemination, fosters communication, and provides funding for this initiative. PURE’s efforts foster additional opportunities for meaningful and sustainable faculty-student collaboration in research, scholarship, and creative activities at Western Oregon University.
For personal assistance with exploring and choosing majors and careers, schedule an appointment with one of our career counselors. Call 503-838-8432, or schedule online here.
Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.
WOU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by WOU.