Sadie Barton
Sadie Barton

October 04, 2019

College/Unit: Human Resources

Department: Student Employment

What services do you and your teammates provide to campus?

Human Resources (HR) Student Employment is a grant funded service that is free for current UK students. HR Student Employment works with local employers off-campus and on-campus to find third-party vendor, student-friendly job opportunities. We work to find job opportunities for our students that provide flexible work schedules, competitive pay rates, and can also build skills that can transfer to other career ambitions after college. We also host several events such as Student Employee of the Year and the Summer Youth Program.

Tell us about your collaboration with ITS and the ITS services that your department utilizes:

HR Student Employment has collaborated with ITS in several ways for our Summer Youth Program. This six-week program places ten local diverse and disadvantaged high school students in paid job opportunities in various departments on-campus that match the students career interests. ITS hosted a Summer Youth participant and provided an exceptional job experience. Our Summer Youth participant was able to grow tremendously in this short six-week period due to the care, support and knowledge the ITS team showed her. This fall that participant is now a freshman here at the University of Kentucky and is currently a student employee in the ITS office! I know they have truly made an impact on her life and college experience.

Not only did ITS host a student in their department, but they also created a tour experience for all ten of our students! One of the goals of the Summer Youth Program is to provide opportunities for these students to see other careers that they may not be aware of. ITS planned a fantastic tour that showcased the many different career paths that fall under the umbrella of ITS. The ITS team was so welcoming to these students. The students were very engaged and fascinated by all the things the ITS department does here on-campus and in the state of Kentucky. It was a phenomenal experience!

Summer Youth

Summer Youth Program Tour

If that was not enough, the Strategic Engagement & Communications team in ITS also provided us with a team to take video footage of our award ceremony luncheon. At our luncheon, each student participant presents on their experience during this six-week program. At the last minute we decided it would be a great opportunity if we could capture these presentations. With no hesitation ITS stepped up and offered their services to assist us with this last-minute detail.

I can't praise ITS enough for their efforts. They truly go above and beyond for their customers! Through this experience we have looked for additional ways we could collaborate with this wonderful team and resource to our campus. Thank you for all that you do!