HuskerWork is a free professional development program for student staff designed to:

  • Strengthen professional skills such as customer service, communication, problem solving and more
  • Increase engagement and retention
  • Help you recruit students interested in professional development
  • Support the connection of campus jobs to future success

University departments can learn more and/or join HuskerWork by contacting:

Kaitlynn Johnson, HuskerWork Coordinator

3 out of 4 students reported that HuskerWork helped them develop customer service skills that were beneficial to their on-campus jobs.

The Curriculum

HuskerWork is a curated skill and professional development curriculum delivered monthly during the academic year through interactive modules on Canvas taking 30-45 minutes to complete. Module topics include:

  • Customer Service
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability
  • Growth Mindset

Employer Requirements

  • Communicate to student staff HuskerWork is required training.
  • Pay student staff for time spent completing HuskerWork modules.
  • Designate a HuskerWork Manager to communicate with department supervisors and/or student staff.
Percentage of Students Reporting that HuskerWork increased their competence in...
Communication Skills 95%.
Teamwork Skills 96%.
Problem Solving Skills 94%.
Initiative Skills 93%.
Quotes from students.
"I think inclusive language is an important topic to touch on, so I'm glad we're being taught it."
"[This module] helped me learn more about myself as a worker and as a leader."
"I liked learning about how to create a better and more welcoming space for guests."
"I thought this module was very important for not just this job but for jobs I might have in the future."
Quotes from students.
"This module was extremely important. Working together is not only important in the workplace, but in life in general."
"The tips on communication are extremely helpful for the future."
"I have worked many years in the customer service field, but this was still very informative."
"I thought this module was effective and helpful."
Quotes from students.
"I really enjoyed how this module allowed me to learn more about myself and how to apply what I learned."
"A truly educational experience."
"I thought that was really helpful to understand others and how they work on a team."
"I really enjoyed the relevant scenarios and the opportunity to take some time of applying it to my own problems."