Student Employee Appreciation

April 11-15, 2022

Colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance student work experiences during National Student Employment Week, which is typically held the second week in April. Student employment offers an opportunity to reduce borrowing while exploring careers, developing transferrable skills and networking in preparation for the job market upon graduation. UW-Green Bay appreciates the importance and impact of the work student employees complete. The Student Employment Office coordinates events to celebrate these contributions and encourages supervisors and departments to do so within their office as well. 

Ideas for Supervisors & Departments

Fun, easy, and inexpensive ideas to celebrate your student employees
  • Treat Week – each day bring something different – cookies, popcorn, candy, etc.
  • Buy low cost, blank certificates and make up silly awards for students: best telephone voice, best web-surfer, etc.
  • Notes Home - send a note to the families of your student workers. Let them know what the student does, how their work impacts your department, and how terrific the student is for your department
  • Friendship Plants - take cuttings from a plant in the office and give to each student as a live "connection" to the office
  • Good Egg Award - buy plastic Easter Eggs, fill with goodies and give out with "Good Egg" certificates. List what the student did to deserve this award.
  • Bright Ideas - spray paint a light bulb gold, screw into a jar of play-dough and make a label around the jar naming who is receiving the “Bright Idea” award
  • Make a banner to hang in your office, or decorate an office bulletin board or door in recognition of your student employees
  • "You Rock" award - print "You Rock" on a rock and present it to someone when they go a good job. Encourage the student to present it to another member of the staff when they observe someone doing a good job.
  • Take pictures - post student pictures and list what wonderful things they do
  • Change the department phone message to recognize student employees
  • Use this week as an opportunity to start an award recognition program. Look around the office or at home for a white elephant item. Name the item for the award (Employee of the Month/Week, Great Idea Award, Gotcha Award - catch someone in the act of doing something good) and then make the first presentation of it during Student Employment Week