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Earn While You Learn

Student EmployeesWorking at UC Santa Cruz Dining provides students with real world job skills and life experience. You’ll make new friends, earn money, and enjoy the convenience of working on campus!

Apply now to work as a Student Employee in one of our dining halls or our catering department.

  • Work-study and non work-study students are welcome to apply
  • Students are permitted to work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week, and a minimum of 9 hours per week
  • Hours are available in the early morning, afternoon, evening, late night, and weekends
  • Our starting pay is $15 an hour (income from tips not permitted)
  • We have an ongoing training program that provides opportunities to advance to Student Supervisor after 2 quarters of employment. This opportunity is available to students who demonstrate responsibility and leadership qualities and wish to earn a higher salary.

UCSC Dining student employeesTimeline for pre-application, interview, and hiring process:

  • Starting June 1: Fill out the pre-application form to be considered for an interview.
  • June 2–July 24: Qualifying students will be contacted to schedule an interview (video chat interview is required).
  • By July 18: Deadline to fill out and submit the pre-application form.
  • July 24: If you have not heard from a manager by this date, you have not been selected for an interview.
  • By July 28: Selected students will be notified of hire. Check your UCSC email regularly, as we will be sending you important instructions.
  • September 9: Mandatory early move-in date for hired students who will be living on campus.
  • September 12–16: Required orientation and training to be held on campus.

The pre-application period has ended. If you were unable to submit a pre-application before July 18, we cannot interview or hire you until fall quarter begins. Please visit your desired work location once fall quarter has begun and ask the manager on site if they’re still hiring.

Please be aware of our REQUIRED orientation and training during the week of September 12–16. If you have a conflict that prevents you from attending any Dining orientation or training events, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR HIRING at this time. Instead, you may visit your desired work location once fall quarter instruction has begun and ask the manager on site if they are still hiring.

If you are selected for hiring and you will be living in campus housing, you will need to participate in MANDATORY early move-in on Friday, September 9.

As a Student Associate "in training" you will be able to beat the crowds with early move-in to campus housing and receive FREE* room and board during this paid training period. If you are serious about working with the dining team, you will want to save these dates for move-in and training.Dining student associate thumbs up

If you worked for UCSC Dining during the 2021-22 school year, please email You do not need to submit a pre-application form.

*2022 Early move-in fees are $197.58. We waive the fees when you agree to work 11 weeks of fall quarter (including finals week). Failure to do so will make the fees your responsibility.