Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What qualifies me as a "student" for work purpose?

A: You must be enrolled for 6 or more credits at the University of Montana (Missoula campuses). You must present a picture ID (Griz Card, driver's license, or valid passport) and a Social Security Card. International students have the following additional requirements: a Social Security Card, an I-20 form, a valid passport, and a letter from the Office of Foreign Student Services.

Q: Can I work in more than one operation?

A: Yes. You can work in multiple operations if necessary to accommodate the schedule and amount of hours you want. Student employees must not exceed 28 hours per week.

Q: Will my work schedule change all the time?

A: Generally no, unless you sub or there is a special event in your unit.  Catering and concessions student employees are scheduled on an as-needed event-driven basis.

Q: What if I need to take a scheduled day off?

A: UM Dining (UMD) utilizes the "Student Sub Program."  If you need a substitute there is a form you fill out in advance and post on the sub board. It is your responsibility to find a sub for your shift. Typically, a coworker looking for extra hours will "sub" for you.  For special circumstances, the full-time unit manager will work with you when you provide sufficient lead time to make alternative arrangements.

Q: When do I get to eat my free meal?

A: You become eligible for a free meal only after completing a shift of three or more consecutive hours. Due to state and federal guidelines, the meal must be consumed in your designated dining area and must not be shared with others.

Q: When are the pay days and pay periods?

A: Students are paid on a semi-monthly basis with periods beginning on the 2nd and 18th day of the month. Students who have elected direct deposit will be paid on the first working day two weeks following the end of the period worked. For those students that have not signed up for direct deposit, checks will be available for pick up with picture I.D. on the second working day two weeks following the end of the period worked.

Q: What will I need to get hired?

A: You must present a picture ID (Griz Card, driver's license, or valid passport) and proof of citizenship (a social security card or birth certificate), or a valid U.S. passport.  International students have the following additional requirements: a social security card, an I-20 form, an I-94 form,  a valid passport, and a letter from the Office of Foreign Student Services.

Q: What is the starting wage?

A: The entry wage for newstudent emplolyees is currently $8.05 per hour. Our Student Leadership Program has opportunities for higher wages, additional training, and advancement.

Q: If I am hired, is it for the whole year?

A: NO. Students are hired on a semester basis. To continue employment from semester to semester you must reapply to the unit you wish to work in. You must fill out a new application, have your completed class schedule, and be in good standing with your unit. 

Q: Will I have to work during finals week?

A: Yes. Your unit manager or supervisor will work with you to be flexible around your finals schedule and you will not be required to work during your exam hours.

If your question was not answered, please contact UMD Human Resource Specialist at 243-5160.