Husker GrowGuided Reflection on Work

Student employees at the bowling alley in the East Union

Student Employment in Student Affairs

More than 1,600 students are employed each year by the departments and units within Student Affairs. From office and desk assistants to resident assistants, intramural referees, fitness instructors, and event planners, Nebraska students benefit from connecting on-the-job experiences to coursework and career aspirations. If you are interested in working for a department, contact the department directly for application information and deadlines.


Higher education offers more high-impact practices today than ever before through opportunities like on-campus employment and highly engaged leadership positions. Husker GROW is a program that uses brief, structured conversations between student employees and their supervisors to help make the learning from student employment more "visible" to the student.

The conversations focus on four key questions about what students are learning and how they are applying their learning.

  • How is this job fitting in with your academics?
  • What are you learning here that's helping you in school?
  • What are you learning in class that you can apply here at work?
  • Can you give me a couple examples of things you've learned here that you think you'll use in your chosen profession?

HUSKER GROW Learning Outcomes

  • Leadership
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Develop a strong work ethic
  • Initiative
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Appreciation of other worldviews
  • Analytical and quantitative skills

How HUSKER GROW Reinforces Institutional Objectives

University of Nebraska
ACE Goals
Key Outcomes from HUSKER GROW
Integrative and Applied Learning
Integrate learning, adapting to new settings, questions and responsibilities.
The very nature of HUSKER GROW is connecting across contexts.
Skill Development
Develop intellectual and practical skills, including proficiency in written, oral, and visual communication; inquiry techniques; critical and creative thinking; quantitative applications; information assessment; teamwork; and problem-solving.
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Analytical and quantitative skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal skills
Individual and Social Responsibility
Exercise individual and social responsibility through the study of ethical principles and reasoning, application of civic knowledge, interaction with diverse cultures, and engagement with global issues.
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Appreciation of other worldviews
Working alongside U.S. Secret Service officers, I got a chance to prove my mettle and use skills that I first learned working at the Unions. In truth I knew going into this work experience that I was ready because of the incredible mentors who helped me along the way.Jonathon Nord Past Union Board President, summer intern for the 2016 Republican National Convention
Jonathon Nord at RNC convention


Lesley Esters, Director of Assessment and Staff Development
Charlie Francis, Director of Nebraska Unions and Interim Director of University Housing
Brent Freeman, Senior Assistant Director for Operations, Nebraska Unions
Colette Yellow Robe, Counselor, TRIO Programs
Andy Smriga, Assistant Director, Nebraska East Union

If you are interested in getting involved with HUSKER GROW and using the curriculum, please email

Participating Departments

The following departments are actively participating in the curriculum and evaluation.

Campus Recreation
Center for Civic Engagement
Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+
Nebraska Unions
Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services (OASIS)
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Student Involvement
TRIO Programs
University Housing
UNL Children's Center