Earn Money and Learn Valuable Skills Working on Campus

In the coming weeks, both the International Education department and Student Life will be announcing a number of on-campus job openings for the coming 2020-21 academic year.

Here’s a look at the opportunities coming up.

International Student Ambassador

These student workers help the International Education department reach out to students in countries where their native language is spoken. They do this mostly through email and social media, such as Facebook or Line. International Education will be hiring students who can speak and write Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese. Applications open in mid-March. You can find more information in the International Education department.

International Student Leaders

You probably remember meeting some of the International Student Leaders when you first arrived at Shoreline for Orientation, where they help to make sure everything goes smoothly and the new students know where they need to go. They also plan events like the Halloween Party and Global Showcase throughout the year. Applications open mid-March. You can find more information in the International Education department.

Peer Activity Leaders

If you are interested in Japanese language or culture, this is a great opportunity for you. Peer Activity Leaders work with a group of students who come to Shoreline from Japan to study for eight months, helping to introduce them to U.S. culture as well as share Japanese culture with the campus community. Applications open April 6. You can find more information and applications in the International Education department.

Resident Assistant

For students who want to live on campus in the residence hall, this is an ideal position. Resident Assistants support students who live in the residence hall in a variety of ways, including creating a sense of community, holding events and workshops, and helping to enforce the rules and policies of Shoreline Community College. In return, Resident Assistants get to live in the residence hall at no cost! Applications are due on March 20 by 5:00 p.m.

Student Life Leadership

There are a variety of leadership positions in Student Life, which is home to Shoreline’s Associated Student Government (ASG) and the Arts & Entertainment Board (A&E). One position, ASG President, is elected, but the other 18 positions that will be opening have a regular hiring process. Applications for both the ASG President position as well as all the other open positions can be completed online and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13.

Tips for Completing Applications

The first step to getting any of these jobs is completing the application. When you do this, it is important that you answer every question completely. Take your time and think about your answers very carefully.

One example of an interview question is something like: “Why are you interested in this position?”

While you might be applying because you think it would look good on your university transfer application or your resume, or because you would like to make some extra money, that is not what the people who read the applications want to know.

They want to know what specifically about the job appeals to you. Maybe you want to develop your leadership skills, or you want to help to support new students. Then add an explanation of what skills, experience or characteristics you have that would make you good at the job. In fact, your answer to almost every question should include some information about why you would be good at the job.

Tips for the Interview

The next step, if your application makes a good impression, is at least one interview. This may be a one-on-one or a group interview. Either way, there are some things you can do to make a good impression.

  • Research what you would be responsible for and what you would have to do in the position. Prepare to talk about why you would be good at these things.
  • Practice interviewing with a friend. You can find lists of common interview questions online. These might not be the same questions that are asked in the interview, but just practicing answering questions and talking about yourself helps you be prepared.
  • Decide what you want to wear to the interview the night before. You should dress a little more formally than usual. (But you do not need to wear a suit.)
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start.
  • Be aware of your body language. Look the interviewers in the eye when listening and answering questions, and be sure to smile occasionally.
  • Talk about your skills and experience when you answer questions.
  • Make sure you answer the questions fully but don’t take up too much time on each question. The time for the interview is limited, and you want to make the most of it.
  • Be prepared to ask questions. Often, the last question of an interview is: “Do you have any questions?” Asking questions about the details of the job shows that you are really interested and have thought about it. It’s usually a good idea to ask about the timeline for what will happen next, too.

How a Student from Kazakhstan Came to Shoreline at 16, Earned a UW Degree, and Got a Job at T-Mobile Headquarters

I was 16 years old when I started at Shoreline Community College in the High School Completion Program.This program allowed me to work on finishing my high school diploma and begin my college-level studies at the same time.  During my time at Shoreline, I was a math tutor and an International Peer Mentor, which allowed me to meet international students from all over the world, who would eventually become lifelong friends.

aigerim

When I started applying to four-year universities, the advisors at Shoreline encouraged me to apply to schools that I never thought I would get into.  Through their support and encouragement, I was accepted into engineering programs at Purdue, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, and University of Washington.  I chose to attend the University of Washington, where I interned with Synapse Product Development, Inc. in downtown Seattle. Even though the classes at UW were more difficult, my classes at Shoreline taught me study habits that helped prepare me for the academic rigor.

I am currently working at the T-Mobile Headquarters as an Associate Engineer – Systems Designs, where I test mobile devices for liability issues on the T-Mobile network.  Eventually, I would like to attend Cornell University for my master’s degree.  Looking back, I wouldn’t be where I am today without Shoreline.  Shoreline helped me grow personally and academically, and ultimately helped me believe in myself.  It also provided me the opportunity to transition into U.S. culture and get to know the Seattle area, which now I call home.

If you’re looking for friendly and supportive faculty, a beautiful campus, and great university transfer options, definitely check out Shoreline!

Aigerim Shintemirova
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Apply To Be an IPM Today!

International Peer Mentors (IPMs) are hiring! If you’re looking for a fun and unique leadership opportunity to engage with your fellow students, becoming an IPM may be right for you. To learn more about the position, visit the International Peer Mentor Facebook page. The deadline is Sunday, April 2nd, so don’t delay!

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Here’s what our current IPMs love about their experience working in the International Education Department, and why you should apply!

Blanche

My favorite part about being an IPM would be helping students and also improving several aspects of myself (my weaknesses). One of the main reason I became an IPM was to improve my communication skills and I am happy that I have been able to do that and even more. Being an IPM has helped me engage and participate efficiently on campus activities and to develop my leadership skills. I would definitely recommend students to apply because it will be an amazing experience, new people to meet and different cultures to discover. Also, an opportunity to discover and truly appreciate shoreline and all the amazing staff members in the international department.

IPM App 1

Moe

I like being an IPM because I enjoy working, I love the friends I got to meet. Being an IPM helped me develop my personality and become a courageous person. I think students should apply because it’s a new experience with new people and students can learn a lot from that!

Clara

I really enjoy being an IPM because I got to do a lot of things that I really love to do such as helping others, problem solving, and meeting lots of new friends. I have improved and grew not only in myself, but also with my teammates. I observed and tried to learn the strengths of my teammates, and I really appreciate the diverse group that we had. I felt more engaged with SCC, and I felt more connected to my school, my advisors, and the staff. For the people who really have passion about helping others, and who are really want to learn something from this job, it will be a good chance for you!

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Megan

Being an IPM is the coolest thing I have done so far for my life. You get to meet new students and be friends with them, you get to have a group of friends from your work and hang out with them after work! Being an IPM makes me realize what my strengths and weaknesses are, learn how to appreciate other people even though they make mistakes, and so many things you could hardly believe.
Let me tell you, being an IPM can give you a lot of things you would not expect in the past, the present, and of course in the future. 🙂

Jinhee

I love being an IPM because I am able to engage with SCC a lot more, I get to plan and organize events for students, and it also allowed me to work with a lot of people on and off campus. It is amazing to see how me and other IPMs are growing together as well as other students. Being an IPM requires me to not only be a professional staff, but also a friendly approachable student mentor. This is what I really like about this position. I really recommend IPM positions to every student who is willing to learn and contribute to the campus.

TK

I like being an IPM because it helps me to grow up as a person and as a member of the society. I learned how to work in an International Ed office, helped and assisted students who have questions or are troubled. I also get to know more about Shoreline community College since I became an IPM. I think students should apply because IPM is a job where you can polish your leadership style and gain a unique experiences in SCC.

Jisa

Becoming IPM is practice for speaking English, challenging work for the international team, and experience to work as a paid staff in the U.S. I think, IPM is not brilliant job, you take care of people, put posters on wall, and clean up, and so on. However, if you want to feel how hard working the international team is, and how awesome it is when we achieved something together, you should apply for this.