Recognize efforts & increase motivation

Showing appreciation to student employees lets them know their efforts are seen, motivates them to improve their work, and can play a key role in retaining them as a member of your team. Our office offers ideas below for how your team can show appreciation to student employees.

Appreciation Toolkit

Check back soon for an updated version of our Student Employee Appreciation Toolkit!

This toolkit provides examples and templates for celebrating the student employees in your office. From a recognition wall to customizable printables for showing appreciation or creating goodie bags, this toolkit is a great place to start.

download the appreciation toolkit

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Appreciation Week

Student Employee Appreciation Week, typically held the second week of April, is an annual opportunity to recognize the value and impact of student employees. During Student Employee Appreciation Week, think of creative ways to show your appreciation. Your team could write thank you notes to student employees, prepare a snack bag or treat as a thank you, recognize student employees on social media, or provide a catered lunch for student employees.

printable templates for appreciation week

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Student Employee of the Year

Students go above and beyond in their work on campus every day, and our goal is to celebrate each of them. The Student Employee of the (SEOTY) program takes nominations for two annual SEOTY winners and leads cross-campus initiatives to celebrate the efforts and contributions of all student employees.

More information and nominations for 2023-24 will become available in early Spring 2024.

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