Desk Assistant

The Desk Assistant (DA) is a student staff member who assists with the community development of the Residence Halls by providing excellent customer service at one of the Residence Hall Area Desks. Desk Assistants help residents by answering questions from students and guests, checking out temporary access cards and keys, dispersing packages, answering the phone, and providing general customer service and resources at the front desks. Please read the Desk Assistant Position Description for more information about this position.

All Desk Assistants will be required to work some nights and weekends, including weekend nights.

All DAs must be available to attend mandatory training on Friday, August 17 at 9am and work throughout the following week to help open the residence halls. DAs living in the residence halls will be able to move in early on Thursday, August 16 at no charge as long as they are available for mandatory training on to work throughout the residence hall opening week before classes start. 

Compensation: This position varies in hours per week and is paid the state minimum wage of $8.30 per hour.

2018-2019 DA Application Process


All New Desk Assistant and Returning Desk Assistant candidates must complete a Desk Assistant Application to be considered for the position. Applications for new DAs are available from early April to early July each year, and positions are offered beginning in mid-August and continue until all positions are filled. Desk Assistants who work for the department during summer conferences and continue throughout the academic year are hired through our summer conference staff process. The number of returning and summer Desk Assistants continuing into the academic year dictates how many new Desk Assistants will be hired. Additional positions may be filled throughout the academic year as needed.

2018-2019 New Desk Assistant Application


We will conduct phone interviews with top DA candidates in mid-July for positions beginning at the second half of August. Depending on number of applicants and number of position openings, not all candidates will be offered a phone interview.

Hiring Notification

DA candidates will be contacted in mid-August to inform them if they will be offered a position or not for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications for candidates not immediately offered a position are kept on file for one year. Candidates may contact UM Housing at any time if they have questions.

Important Dates

April 2, 2018 - New Desk Assistant Application and Returning Desk Assistant Applications Open

April 29, 2018 - Returning Desk Assistant Application Closes

May 4, 2018 - Returning Desk Assistant Hiring Notifications Sent

July 8, 2018 - New Desk Assistant Application Closes

Mid-July, 2018 - Some candidates may be asked to participate in phone interviews

Mid-August, 2018 - New Desk Assistant Hiring Notifications Sent

Friday, August 17, 2018 - Mandatory Desk Assistant training begins at 9am

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2.25 GPA
  • Ability to work variable hours, primarily late evening hours and weekend hours
  • Possess a general level of maturity and judgement
  • Be a full-time student
  • Be in good conduct standing with the University


If you have any questions about the application or hiring process, please contact John Nugent, Assistant Director of UM Housing, at (406) 243-2611.