Dining Student Leadership Program

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Student Leadership Program

Dining student employee Linh Tran behind the counter at Herbie's Market at Abel

Program Description

The Dining Student Leadership Program is designed to help students pay for the cost of their housing and food while living on campus in University Housing. Dining Services will select 50 students to participate. Students must qualify for Federal Work Study or Nebraska Promise. The goals of this program are as follows:


  1. To find conscientious, reliable student employees to work in Dining Services.
  2. To train and develop the next “generation” of students to become student supervisors and managers in Dining Services.
  3. To help students with their Housing (room) costs while at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  4. To provide students with valuable, transferable knowledge and skills that will help them succeed on campus and in life.

In this program, students will be required to work 12 hours per week at a dining operation for each of the 18 weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Students will also be asked to work 12 special event hours each semester (catered event, picnic, etc.). If a student works the 12 hours each week they will earn enough through the program to cover their housing charges.

Students in this program will concurrently participate in the HuskerWork and Husker GROW programs in partnership with Career Services and Student Affairs.

Dining Services uses the Husker GROW program to connect student employment experiences to coursework and career goals. Through brief, structured conversations with a supervisor, students increase their ability to identify experiences that relate to the soft skills employers want.

Similarly, Dining Services is implementing HuskerWork to provide monthly training modules on subjects such as communications, campus resources, problem-solving, and financial planning that will help Student Leadership Program members grow in their jobs and other campus relationships.

Job Description

Student employees in Dining Services provide helpful information, superior customer service, and a clean and welcoming environment to students, staff, faculty, and guests of the University of Nebraska.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Acting as a public relations liaison with customers
  • Addressing customer concerns
  • Communicating needs and equipment malfunctions to management staff
  • Preparing food and beverages
  • Restocking food and beverage items
  • Working in all areas of the dining center
  • Maintaining a clean and sanitary work area
  • Working independently and with other staff
  • Opening and closing assigned servery/work area(s)
  • Following written and verbal instructions
  • Managing customer cash/NCard transactions on a point-of-sale system
  • Reconciling daily deposits
  • Other duties as assigned

All employees are required to obtain a Level II Food Handler’s Permit and complete CORE training within 30 days of employment.

How it Works

When a student on this program works all required hours they will earn $6,384.00. On this program, the cost of a traditional-style room for the 2023-24 academic year is $6,000.00.

This means, if students work all required hours, they will make $384.00 more than what they will owe for their housing. Students may work additional hours beyond what is required in the program, if it fits into their schedule, to earn additional money.

If students are interested in the dining student leadership position, search for Dining Student Leadership Program on Handshake to be contacted by the program coordinator.

Rebecca (Becca) Wood

Apply on Handshake*

*Students must log in to Handshake with their My.UNL credentials.

About the Position

Dining operational schedules vary during the academic year. A student's personal work schedule could begin as early as 6 a.m. and extend to as late as 1 a.m., Monday – Sunday.

Through experiences in this position and the HuskerWork/Husker GROW programs, the student employee will strengthen the following abilities:

  • Ability to work in a team
  • Communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Develop a strong work ethic
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Appreciation of other worldviews

Summary of Costs & Benefits

Cost of a traditional-style room$6,000.00*
12/400 meal planIncluded
Earned through program$6,384.00**
Student makes$384.00**

*Cost of traditional-style room on the program.

*Students will earn the above amounts if they work all required hours per semester (12 hours per week plus 12 special event hours).

Dining student employee Leo Ray making a pizza at the Cather Dining Center