Student Technical Employment Program (STEP)
STEP is designed to provide you with highly meaningful and rewarding IT work experience that can help you land technical jobs when you graduate. In this program, you'll gain insight and hands-on experience in a fast-paced IT environment by providing service and support to students, faculty, and staff. STEP’s structure is directly transferable to any IT organization in areas that include technology support, IT infrastructure, telecommunications, networking, enterprise systems, project management, media services, and web systems development.
By joining STEP, you'll cultivate essential technical, interpersonal, and professional skills by solving real problems using technical knowledge. You'll also use and develop your leadership, teamwork, innovation, communication, and entrepreneurial skills. In addition, students you'll foster your creative thinking and acquire the expertise you'll need to be successful in your academic, personal, and professional lives.
- Increased career prospects through invaluable work experience
- Insight into the practical applications of your degree
- The opportunity to work on tangible projects in a real IT environment
- Learning high-performance teamwork skills
- Professional and personal development opportunities
- Mentoring by faculty and IT staff members
- Networking opportunities
To learn more, read testimonials from students who have completed the program.
Things to Know Before You Apply
Placements last between two and eight semesters. The program requires a great deal of dedication. If you aren't ready to commit, we encourage you to not apply until you are. Placements normally occur May through August but exact dates are project-dependent and may vary.
Note: You can indicate your availability during this time period on your application.
Depending on your area of interest or expertise, you may be placed in one of several Technology Support Centers (Sargent Hall, Stahl Center, Sawyer, etc.), the IT Service Desk or the Media Services Group at Sargent Hall. You might also be assigned to a functional group in the Sawyer Building such as the Project Management Office, Enterprise Applications Group, Networking and Security Group, Web Services Group, or Office of the CIO.
The rate of pay for student assistants is tiered to encourage your professional development and continuation in the program throughout your Suffolk career. Pay increases will be granted after 12 months of employment and completion of the professional development objectives for a respective tier. Your supervisor will work with you to develop an appropriate annual professional development plan.
How to Apply
To apply, please complete the online application form.
Fall Applications: accepted the first week of May, June, July & August.
Spring Applications: accepted in November. Application process will begin the week of registration and the week after.
Summer Applications: accepted in March. Application process will begin the week of registration and the week after.
What Happens Next?
If your application is selected, you'll receive an email inviting you to interview with an IT representative.
If you have specific questions about STEP or would like more information, please email Dahlia Bryan.