You probably need a job. You have four options. Here they are:
1. On-Campus! Examples of these jobs are working in the Barnard greenhouse, videoing and editing class lectures, working the Diana desk (and telling everyone where the bathroom is), and general administrative jobs for various Barnard departments.
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These are super close to you, which is very convenient. You get paid every 2 weeks either by a check in your student mailbox or by direct deposit. Your bosses obviously know that you are a student and they take that into account when they make your schedule or when you have to miss due to an “illness.” The only negative here is that if you don’t have Work-Study money, you have to wait until September 16th for your hire to get approved.
To get one of these, go to the Student Employment Fair! Stop rolling your eyes and assuming that I work in OCD. First, because I don’t work there. Furthermore, because the student job fair is really laid back and not at all intimidating (unlike the real job fair which is terrifying to me because I refuse to be part of the real world). Wear whatever you want, talk to whoever you want, smile, be kind, rewind, etc. Even if you don’t know what you are doing or if you want to work on campus, just go check it out. It’s today, Friday, September 13th from 12:00-2:00pm in the James Room, fourth floor of Barnard Hall.
2. Off-Campus! These can be Federal Work-Study or not. If you are looking for a Federal Work-Study one, your best bet is to check NACElink. Right now they have a few that are administrative jobs around Barnard and Columbia with decent pay listed. If you aren’t looking for a Federal Work-Study, there are a million strange things you can do to make money to pay for your beer phone bill. NACElink has a good mix of tutoring and personal assistant gigs, as well as various other types. Craigslist, though highly sketchy if you search for things in Alabama, has a good amount of part-time jobs that are constantly updated. Check it out, but please don’t respond to the one that is requesting a foot model to work nights and weekends.
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3. Student-Run Agencies! These are the Barnard Bartending Agency and the Barnard Babysitting Agency. In both of these, you make great money and don’t have to work regular hours, which is great during midterms or finals when you just need to sit in Butler for 72 hours straight and study and drink Starbucks Refreshers. For something a little more long-term, there are plenty of regular babysitting jobs that usually involve picking up a child/children from school and doing homework a few afternoons a week.
For bartending, you have to pay $120 to take a 5-week course (it starts this Monday, September 16th at 8:00pm!) and pass an exam at the end of the course. The exam is easy to pass if you actually take the time to learn everything. Unfortunately, this exam sometimes falls in the middle of midterms, so you really have to manage your studying time between bartending and your actual classes. You can’t bartend if you are under 18 years old or an international student. You’re still welcome to take the course in either case, though! For more information, click here.
For babysittting, you have to pay $20 to attend a 45-minute orientation. The times for these orientations are sometimes listed on the website, but if they aren’t listed you can email the agency about future ones. For more information, click here.
4. Internships!The fourth option is to put on your big-girl panties (which should obviously be your Barnard-bedazzled Hanky-Pankys from the Barnard Store) and go to the Barnard Job & Internship Career Fair today in LeFrak Gymnasium from 11:00am to 3:00pm and get an internship. The alternate way to approach this is to stay in your bed and search on NACElink or other websites like InternMatch or idealist. If you have an idea of where you would like to work, it’s always good to check specific websites of companies and groups to see if they have any open positions or are accepting applications on a rolling basis.
If you find your dream internship and it is unpaid, Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors can apply for an alumnae- and donor-sponsored Fall 2013 Internship Grant. They award up to $800 during a semester and the application is due Sunday, September 22nd! To apply, you must have already secured an internship for this fall semester.
Another option is to request Co-curricular Credit from Career Development by filling out a Letter Request Form. Occasionally, you can talk to your academic advisor about receiving academic credit for an internship as an independent study as well.
Please read the U.S. Department of Labor’s six-part test for determining whether or not an organization’s position may be unpaid. Career Development has the test towards the bottom of the page, so scroll down.