Does a Student Employment Position Need a Job Description?

Every student employment position should have a job description. Job descriptions help to clearly define the position to the student and helps both the student and supervisor minimize misunderstandings. At a minimum a job description should include:

1. Name and address of the student’s employer (department, public agency, nonprofit organization)

2. The purpose of the student’s job

3. The student’s duties and responsibilities

4. The job qualifications

5. The job’s wage rate or range

6. The length of the student’s employment (beginning and ending dates)

7. The name of the student’s supervisor

Job descriptions are written and maintained by each department and should be available if needed by internal or external entities such as auditors.