Student Employment

We have a variety of ongoing student employment opportunities at the ISU Book Store; all serving the campus and the community.
Once your application is submitted someone from the ISU Book Store will be in contact with you soon.

SUMMER: Apply to work with MU Store Team   FALL: Apply to work with MU Store Team   Apply to work with Events Team

Work on campus
Located on campus at the Memorial Union, take advantage of the close proximity of the ISU Book Store to your department or dorm. And, enjoy almost no commuting time to work.

Work around class schedule
You can have your work hours scheduled around your classes! We request your semester schedule at the time of application and use that to schedule your hours accordingly.

Do what you love
Based on individual preference, our student employees get to choose between clothing & gifts, textbooks, supplies, technology, service center, e.commerce, or logistics to work at!

Benefits + References
From 40% OFF one clothing item every working semester, additional holiday coupons to strong future job references based on your performance, working with us has its own fun rewards!

Student Employee Testimonials

"Since starting at the bookstore, I have grown in my customer service skills as well as made some great friends. I have learned skills through hands-on experience that I would not have had the opportunity to learn in the classroom. I also love working here because of the positivity that is shown by the supervisors and all of my coworkers."

Matthew Bink | Agricultural and Life Sciences Education

"Working at the Iowa State Book Store is fun! I have learned great skills that have pushed me personally, such as better interpersonal communication skills. The people you work with are super personal and value you. Overall, the hours are flexible around school and the management creates an awesome work environment."

Nicole Jackson | Psychology

"Working at the Iowa State University Book Store has been a wonderful experience since Day 1. The amount of people you meet - day in and day out - can impact you on levels you wouldn't imagine, especially if you are talkative. It's a great retail experience, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to improve their customer service skills."

Graham Bridges | Liberal Studies

Seasonal / Temporary Employment

Seasonal Crew

Students and non-students are eligible to work as a seasonal employee during the back to school seasons in textbooks or cashiering and choose to work in clothing & gifts, textbooks, arts & supplies, technology, service center, e-commerce or logistics.
You must be available 1-2 weeks before the start of classes and 2-3 weeks after the start of classes.

Please contact Donna Urquhart if you are interested in working with us seasonally:

Contact us for questions

Donna Urquhart

Sales Supervisor

Event Crew

Students and non-students are eligible to work with the State Fair Event Crew!
You must be interviewed and hired by early August to be available for the new employee orientation and training. You must be available to work during the legendary Iowa State Fair and be able to work one of the following complete shift times: 7:15 am - 3:30 pm, or 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm.

Please contact Valerie Willcox if you are interested in working at the State Fair:

Contact us for questions

Valerie Willcox

Marketing & Event Coordinator

Full-Time Employment

Full-time career openings at the Iowa State University Book Store will be posted on the Iowa State University Human Resources Employment Opportunities website.

University Non-discrimination Statement

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries  regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email