University of Tennessee: Part-Time Jobs for Students


College is not cheap, and many students need to earn money to get through school.

The broke student stereotype is not just a character portrayed in TV shows or movies. Many college students work their way through college by picking up part-time jobs on or off-campus. While being thrifty and getting creative with Ramen helps to budget, it’s not always enough to offset students’ living and educational expenses.

If you are new to Knoxville or a student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, you may be wondering where to start with your job search. Many Downtown Knoxville businesses are hiring, and even UTK has openings for students.

For students, finding a job with flexibility is necessary to not hinder their schoolwork commitments. After all, working toward successfully getting your degree is the main goal to score the job you’ve dreamed of. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, follow this list to get started on your Knoxville job search and find a position that you can handle while going to school

University of Tennessee Student Jobs

Many universities, including UTK, offer work-study or part-time positions to students. These positions are designed to allow students to earn needed income without having to take a job that will interfere with their class schedules.

Federal Work-Study is a need-based program. It allows eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to earn part of their educational expenses by working part-time. Recipients can be full-time or part-time students.\

Federal Work-Study Awards

The Work-Study program awards UT students an average of $3,000 per year. The exact amount you receive is determined by your remaining need and how many hours you work. Work-Study students work less than 30 hours per week, based on your award amount and class schedule. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study, whenever possible.

You will earn $9.00/hour for on-campus positions and $13.50/hour for off-campus community services positions. Your total work-study award depends on:

  • When you apply
  • Your level of financial need
  • UT’s funding availability

Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To give yourself the best chance of receiving an award, it is recommended you submit your FAFSA before the priority deadline. You would be paid biweekly, and the funds would be deposited directly into your bank account.

You can apply for a Work-Study award by completing your yearly FAFSA form. Be sure to answer “Yes” to the question in the FAFSA that asks if you are interested in student employment.

If you do not qualify for a federal work-study award, you can still score a part-time position with UTK. There are often job openings for students in the school cafeteria, on-campus dining locations, library, and more. For those seeking part-time employment at UTK, you can check the university’s online job board or speak with a staff member at career services.

Job opportunities at UTK may include:

  • Foodservice worker with Aramark Dining Services.
  • TRECS employment for student and graduate assistants, interns, and professional staff.
  • Residence jobs, including Hall Director, Graduate Assistant, and Resident Assistant.
  • Jobs with Office of IT.
  • Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center positions.
  • Working at the UT Library.
  • Undergraduate summer research internship.

Newspaper Classifieds

The Knoxville News is the local newspaper in Knoxville, TN, and is an excellent place for UTK students to find part-time work while attending college. You can pick up a copy of the local newspaper at many stores around town or view the daily headlines online. Use their online job board to search classified ads around Knoxville.

Another newspaper to check for part-time positions in is the Daily Beacon, the on-campus newspaper at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The student newspaper is an excellent way to stay in the know about local happenings and browse for job openings catered to students.

Daily Beacon commonly fills staff editorial positions throughout the semester. If journalism or advertising interests you, it’s worth completing an application or contacting the Office of Student Media about available jobs. Positions filled on an as-need basis include:

  • Reporter.
  • Photographer.
  • Designer.
  • Videographer.
  • Web specialist roles.

Furthermore, advertising representatives and editors are selected at the end of the previous semester to serve the student newspaper for the next semester.

Part-Time Remote Jobs

Since the pandemic, many companies have shifted to remote or freelance work opportunities. These positions are a great way for students to earn extra cash while pursuing their degrees. The large selection of part-time and remote jobs means you may even be able to find a position that aligns best with your field of study. Do a quick search on popular job sites, such as Indeed or Ziprecruiter, to see what’s currently available. You can also check freelancer job sites to search for tasks that pique your interests. You can also try:

While jobs on freelancer sites are usually on an as-needed basis, it can be a way to supplement your income on your own schedule. As a busy UTK student, you may not have time to easily pick up a part-time position. However, with freelance work, you have more control of when and how much you work.


UTK offers work-study or part-time positions to students.

Part-Time Employment Job Fair

The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration offers several outstanding job fairs every year. Whether you are hiring for part-time jobs, internships, or full-time positions, this is your opportunity to talk with a number of students in one central location.

Their mission is to empower scholars to create and achieve career goals by providing comprehensive career education. Through collaboration and innovative practices, the center encourages scholars to:

  • Engage in self-discovery.
  • Participate in experiential learning.
  • Build professional connections.
  • Demonstrate career readiness.

Make sure to check bookmark their website for updates.

Look for Hiring Signs

If all other options keep you coming up short, you could take a stroll around town looking for hiring signs in business’ windows or on their signs. Even if you do not see a sign, if it’s a place you are passionate about working at, you could ask if they are currently hiring or have any upcoming positions.

While online job hunting is a great place to start, it’s hard to replace the personal connection you can create by visiting the business in person. Also, scoping out the places hiring part-time help can help you get a better feel for their current employees’ happiness before applying.

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