Office of Student Employment



MWSUs Student Employment Program and the GriffonLink Student Employment and Career Portal are two of the units within the Career Development Center.  At Missouri Western State University (MWSU) an on-campus job offers more than just a paycheck and a short commute! It’s an opportunity to build skills and gain experience that will prepare you for your future career.

More than 750 students work at MWSU and are employed in more than 1,150 positions.  In 2015 there were over 2,500 positions posted in GriffonLink.  While students play a crucial role in the university operation and success; MWSU invested more than 1.7 million dollars in 2015 on student employment positions and students provided well over 212,000 hours of work at Missouri Western.

At MWSU, all campus and Federal Work Study (FWS) positions are posted on the GriffonLink Portal. In this system, students can post their resume and have it reviewed by a Career Development Center student staff member, a Career Mentor (CM).  Students can easily navigate the GriffonLink Portal searching for on-campus and FWS positions and then submit their student employment application and/or resume to any on-campus or FWS position that interests them.  During the academic year 2014-2015 over 350 students received FWS funds.  Off-campus part-time, full-time, internships, co-ops and seasonal career opportunities are also posted in the GriffonLink Portal.

The Student Employment Program at MWSU is a University-wide, decentralized process incorporating four unique services on campus; the coordinator for student employment,  Human Resources, Payroll and Financial Aid.  Personnel in the Career Development Center oversee the GriffonLink Portal and coordinate supervisor training efforts for the Student Employment Program to help student employee supervisors at MWSU provide new and returning students with part-time job opportunities.  Remember, the GriffonLink Portal is an online system so the Career Development Center team has gone mobile and also provide off-campus job opportunities.

When you are employed while completing your degree you can work to achieve:

  • A steady source of earned income to help you finance or supplement your educational costs; the average student employee hourly rate of pay during the academic year 2014-2015 was $8.24.
  • Opportunities to engage in career exploration, workforce development and develop workforce career preparedness skills.
  • Real world of work experience, learn valuable transferable skills you will need to reach your career goals after you graduate.
  • Opportunities as a member of a workforce where you will actively contribute to the growth and development of MWSU and to the economic development of the surrounding communities.