Student Employment

More than 300 students work at NDSU Dining – the largest student employer on campus. Why do students work at dining?  

  1. A variety of positions: From bakers to baristas to IT and accounting. There is something for everyone.  
  2. Great pay, free food: Positions start at $10/hour with opportunities for advancement, plus you get a free meal with every shift.  
  3. Friends: The best part of working in NDSU Dining is the people you’ll meet.  
  4. Convenience: No commute and schedules are flexible. 
  5. Advancement: Our robust training program coincides with advancement and increased pay.
  6. Professional Development: Grow in your communication, leadership skills, problem solving, teamwork and time management. 

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Please note: The most common reason for delay in the hiring process is not having the required personal documents upon arrival to campus. Please view the second page of our Employment Overview to view official documents (not photocopies) that are required prior to hire!


What our Students Say

“I like the environment and I look forward to coming to work. It feels like family rather than co-workers.” - Emily H. 

“I love being able to work on campus, and that NDSU Dining is flexible to my class schedule. I also love the free meals when I am done with my shift.”  - Tyler C.  

"Being a new student, I was very stressed about not knowing anyone. Once I started working at NDSU Dining, I began to meet new people and my stress level dropped.” - Parvina Y.  

“I never imagined this job would teach me so much. As a student manager, I gained valuable management experience and skills. Managing people will be a part of my post college career and having this experience makes me feel more confident entering the workforce. - Matt B. 


Where Can I Work? 

Dining CentersWork at any of our three dining centers, cooking, serving and cleaning. Each has a fun atmosphere and are located near residence halls!  

Food CourtWork at any of the food court locations, Twisted Taco, Burgers at the U, Hoagie Hut or Pizza Express. You’ll be making food, cashiering and cleaning.  

Coffee ShopsBe a barista at one of our on campus coffee shops, Caribou Coffee, Minard Hall, Barry Hall, Wild Grounds Coffee at NDSCS or Bison Beanery in the RDC!  

Catering: Help set-up and serve at a wide variety of events from plated dinners at the President’s house, to large banquets and more! 

Leadership and Office Positions: Dining offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to gain valuable leadership experience and work directly in their field of study. Look for positions in Student Management, IT, HR, Marketing, Accounting, Dietetics and more! We also provide opportunities to fulfill internship requirements for a variety of academic programs.     


FAQs

How much does it pay?
Starting pay is $10 per hour and a free meal with each shift worked. If you choose to apply for leadership positions, your pay will increase. After being promoted to student supervisor, students receive $10.50 per hour, in addition to receiving 10 meals per week and student managers receive $11.00 per hour, plus 15 meals per week. 

Is there flexible scheduling?  
Most units are extremely flexible on scheduling. Our student managers work very closely with you to come up with a schedule that fits with your class schedule and other needs. Shifts are usually about 3 hours long, so it is easy for you to balance work with your courses. Plus, it is easy work with your student manager to resolve any scheduling problems. 

Can I work at Caribou Coffee or in the Food Court? 
Absolutely! Make sure to check the locations you want to work when you apply, we will take your preferences into account. 

Do you get free meals? 
Yes! All student employees are given a free meal for each shift (three hours or longer) they work. This meal is available 30 minutes before or after your shift. If the you're is promoted to one of the leadership positions, like Student Supervisor or Student Manager, you would get a meal plan good for up to 15 meals per week.

Are there any opportunities for growth?  
Yes! Any student employee can apply for a leadership position like Student Supervisor or Student Manger. These positions are available for students after their first-year in Dining.  

What is Dining doing in response to COVID-19?

NDSU Dining employees are provided face coverings and will be practicing social distancing. Plexiglass barriers have also been installed in each location in areas where high interaction with dining customers occur. Learn more about Dining's COVID-19 response here. 

Will I get stuck in the dish room?  
While getting placed in the dish room is dependent on the needs of the dining center, we do take your preferences into account when deciding on where you'll be placed. Most students do not mind working in the dish room occasionally. Some students love working in the dish room because there is always good music to jam out to and your shifts go by really quickly. 

Can international students work for Dining?  
Yes! International students just need to submit few extra documents before beginning work. The first step is to apply using the online application. Then you’ll be contacted to interview with a student manager. Once hired, student managers will help guide you through the on-boarding process and provide any work approval letter needed. Due to visa requirements, International students are limited to work 20 hours per week total. This includes any hours worked at another job outside of Dining.

Many international students who speak English as a second or third language find their job in Dining provides an opportunity to improve their conversational English skills because you interact with so many different people. 

How many hours will I get?  
The average number of hours students work is about 12 hours per week. However, you can work as many or as few as you would like, some students work as few as 3 hours per week or as many as 20 hours per week. Typical shifts are 3 hours long and designed to easily fit around your class schedule 

What is the best part about working for Dining?
Don't just take it from us, here is what some other students said:

  • "I like the flexibility allowed by dining in terms of scheduling." 
  • "It's a great place to meet new people and make close friends." 
  • "I appreciate that Dining recognizes my hard work." 
  • "The opportunity for promotions have been a great way to earn more and build my resume." 
Questions?

Do you have more questions about working for Dining? Contact us at ndsu.dining.sc@ndsu.edu 

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