National Student Employment Week 2020

National Student Employment Week is celebrated the second full week in April every year.

Colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of student employees!

Student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. Setting aside a special week to draw the awareness of others, both on and off campus, is the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation.

National Student Employment Week takes commitment, planning, and coordination yet, the effort yields great rewards:

  • Students – Understand their impact and contributions to your campus.
  • Employers – Maximized awareness of the service students provide in the community.
  • Campus – Increased participation and discussion of student employment and career-related issues.

Each institutions ability to celebrate may vary. Departmental budgets may determine length, number of days, and size of events. Depending on your departmental resources, you may want to plan activities for the entire week, several days, or just one day.

Over 39,000 students at UNT. There is no way we could service all of these students needs with just 3669 faculty and staff.  That’s why our student employees are so important and valuable!

Student Employee Appreciation Week is the 2nd full week of April. This year the date is April 13-17, 2020.  The Student Employee of the Year awards and Student Appreciation event will be Tuesday April 14th, Union 314. Doors open to student employees and their supervisors at 1:00pm. Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Awards for Student Employee of the Year, Intern of the Year and Outstanding Student Employee will be awarded at 2:00pm

Start sending in photos of your fabulous student employees doing what they do best, representing your department! Email photos to: These photos will be used to create a video montage that will be showing throughout the SEOTY event.

13-Apr Monday – Make it Known Monday* Departments will create the biggest, brightest, and most obnoxious thank you note, bulletin board, or billboard to honor their department’s student workers. Departments will make it known who has the best student employees! Social Media also encouraged (with student’s permission) to spotlight student workers and their accomplishments.  Be sure to tag the Career Center!

14-Apr Tuesday – SEOTY Reception All student workers and their supervisors are invited to attend. This is a come and go event.  There will be free food, DJ, a guest speaker, and awards. The UNT Student Employee of the Year will be named. Reception will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 in Union 314 with awards from 2:00 – 3:00.

15-Apr Wednesday – Whatever Awards Wednesday* Not sure who will win SEOTY? No problem.  Departments will host their own ceremony or pass out certificates with whatever awards they can come up with: Mission Impossible Award for Accomplishing the Impossible, Carpe Diem Award for making the most of every day, or High School Musical Award for most likely to burst into song.

16-Apr Thursday – Tons of Puns Thursday* Departments will give small gifts/ treats with cheesy notes such as a Bag of Lays with “You’re all that and a bag of chips” or a Mountain Dew with “We don’t know what we’d Dew without you!”

16-Apr Thursday – PT Hero Door decorating contest. Departments decorate their doors utilizing this year’s theme of PT superhero.  Winning department receives a pizza party up to $100.00

17-Apr Friday – Festive Friday* Food, games, and fun. Departments will celebrate the end of National Student Employment Week with all sorts of festivities. Departments may choose to take their students out for lunch to an on-campus dining facility, go get Scrappy’s Ice Cream, or maybe order in pizza for the department. Departments may choose to set up board games and card games. End the week in style with festivities.


To nominate your student employee click here:

To RSVP to the Student Employee Appreciation Event please click here: