Hi! I answered a similar question last month, so I’m just gonna give you the link to that here. Working on campus is 100% doable, and most on-campus employers make a concerted effort to set aside shifts for freshmen.
There are lots of job opportunities on campus—in the Dining Hall, in the Student Center, in the Rec Center, in the Library, in the Bookstore, in the Post Office, in various offices in VAPA, in the FWT office…the list goes on and on. Bennington provides resources to try and ensure that all students who want a job can get a job. There are also places to work off campus; I’ve known students who have worked as baristas, caterers and artist’s assistants off campus during the school year. (But the school doesn’t help you get those gigs.) You might not always get all the hours you want, but if you want a job at Bennington, you’ll be able to get one. And priority is often given to freshmen, so don’t sweat it too much!
There are a lot of options when it comes to campus jobs and they are all open for all students to apply to. There is definitely something for everyone. You can work in admissions (like me! right now! as I type this!) giving tours and answering questions, or run the front desk in Student Life or the Rec Barn. You can also work the front desk in the library, or be more behind the scenes library wise: shelving, organizing, ordering new books, hanging out with the awesome librarians…
There are positions working in Usdan Gallery, our gallery space on campus, helping to install shows or monitor the gallery. Likewise, our Visual Arts and Performing Arts building (VAPA) has positions working as a monitor for the photography, wood shop, metal shop, and printmaking studios, where you help out students who might have less experience than you in those areas.
You can work in the dining hall making pancakes, stocking food, generally making sure we are healthy kids. Similarly, you can work in the student center making food but also in the lighting and sound booth that we use when bands come to play. You can help out with the student garden. Be a peer mentor to incoming freshmen. Be a House Chair for one of the houses. The possibilities are vast! And if you have a specific interest, there is probably a job that you can be matched up with.
-India K, ‘12