Student Employment

Each semester more than 1800 Iowa State students work for ISU Dining. Working with us is convenient, helps you graduate with less debt and puts work experience on your resume.  It's also a great way to make new friends and conveniently balance work with school. Previous experience is not necessary.

If you have questions, please call us at 515-294-4864 or visit us in person at 168 Union Drive Community Center (UDCC)

Apply online for ISU Dining Student Employment

When you work for us, you have the option of being in any one of these locations:

(All numbers begin with 515 area code.)

ABE's Harvest Café (294-3850)
Bookends Café (294-1383)
Business Café (294-9081)
Central Bakery (294-3248)
Clyde's Fresh Express (294-9846)
Commissary Kitchen (294-9855)
Conversations Dining (294-4290)
Courtyard Café (294-9797)
Design Café (294-2845)
Dining Student Staffing Office (294-4864)
East Side Market (294-4934)
Food Stores (294-3060)
Friley Windows (294-1114)
FROOTS (294-5788)
Gentle Doctor Café (294-9247)
Global Café (294-2222)
Hawthorn (294-2962)
Hub Grill & Café/Caribou Coffee (294-3529)
ISU Catering (294-3258)
Memorial Union Food Court (294-9441)
MU Market & Café (294-9441)
Seasons Marketplace (294-2380)
South Side Market (294-2377)
Storms Dining (294-2890)
Union Drive Marketplace (294-0082)
Vending (294-8330)
West Side Market (294-2377)


ISU Dining employees are paid twice each month. The amount you receive will vary with the number of hours you work. Starting pay rates range from $10 - $11 per hour (new pay structure goes in to effect mid-August). If you live off campus, you are also encouraged to apply. You will receive the same rate of pay as on-campus students and be paid twice monthly. If you work a minimum of a three-hour shift, you'll receive a free meal (some exclusions apply).

Payroll Dates

Positions and Duties Examples

Bakery – Production and Dish Room (extra pay location!)

Bartender – Bar and Beverage

C-Store – Cashier, Deli, Pizza, and Grocery          

Café and Caribou/Hub – Barista, Cashier, Front Counter and Grill

Catering – Set-up, Server, Porter and Cook (extra pay location!)

Commissary Kitchen – Cooks Help, Grocery, Meat Slicer, and Salad (extra pay location!)

Food Court – Cashier, Dining Room, Dish Room, Food Prep and Server

Residential Dining Centers – Food Prep, Dining Room, Grill, Pizza, Barista or Smoothie Bar, Deli, Dish Room, Clean, Cashier

Office – Cash counting, Student schedules and Administrative duties

View Full Position Descriptions

Schedule Conflicts

We understand that all of our student employees are also Iowa State students and have other commitments outside of their job responsibilities. If an ISU Dining student employee has a prior commitment that he or she must attend such as Destination Iowa State (DIS) or formal recruitment, please contact a member of the Dining Student Staffing Team and we will be happy to assist you. The Dining Student Staffing Office is located in 168 Union Drive Community Center (UDCC) on the lowest level down the hallway from West Side Market.


Graduate Students

All graduate students need to obtain permission from the graduate college before beginning employment with ISU Dining. Once employed, graduate students will need to follow the ISU policy which outlines limitations to hours of work per week for domestic and international graduate students.