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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 25, 2003

UI To Hold Student Job Fair Aug. 28

University of Iowa students interested in on-campus employment for the fall 2003 semester are invited to attend a student job fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The fair, sponsored by the University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid, will feature more than 25 employers with more than 500 job openings. These employers will offer on-campus, part-time hourly positions and work-study positions at both on-campus and a limited number of eligible non-profit off-campus sites. More than 1,900 students attended the 2002 fair, and many received job offers or interviews that day.

Cindy Seyfer, assistant director in the Office of Student Financial Aid, said the fair is an excellent opportunity for students interested in working to find out about the variety of jobs available on the university campus and at qualified off-campus work-study sites. Staff from the Office of Student Financial Aid will be available to answer questions regarding employment options, verify work-study eligibility and explain the payroll process.

Although fewer students will receive work-study financial aid awards for the 2003-04 year due to the continued elimination of the state of Iowa work-study program, there are significant work-study job openings. Students with work-study awards should not experience any difficulty finding jobs, and the fair is a great place to start the job search. In addition, students who were not awarded work-study will find great opportunities at the fair since many of the employers in attendance will hire students under both the part-time hourly (non-work-study) and the work-study programs.

Many benefits exist for students who are able to balance the demands of employment and academics. These benefits include paying for educational expenses without incurring loan debt and gaining valuable work experience to enhance resumes. In addition, employment on the university campus offers a variety of unique benefits including flexible work hours, convenient locations that are often near classes or places of residence, the opportunity to work with mentors in a career field and competitive wages. Off-campus non-profit agencies offer a variety of benefits including the opportunity to work in an agency whose mission is to benefit community members.

For more information about the fair, or about part-time or work-study job opportunities, contact the student employment area of the Office of Student Financial Aid at 319-335-1460. Students can visit the financial aid web site to view job listings for university and community work-study and non-work-study jobs. Jobnet, the web based advertisement system, is updated daily and can be accessed at the following web address: http://www.uiowa.edu/financial-aid/jobnet.

The Student Job Fair is one of a series of activities held in conjunction with "A Hawkeye Hello!" This annual event has been extended from one to two "Weeks of Welcome" and is designed to welcome new students and help them become acquainted with the campus, as well as to welcome returning students.

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 370, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu