Student Employee Excellence & Development (SEED)

The Student Employee Excellence and Development (SEED) is a “choose your own adventure” professional development program in which student employees are able to customize their learning and development experiences around cultivating problem-solving, communication, leadership, and intercultural fluency skills! 

The customizable program is designed for students with opportunities to excel in their current student jobs and explore career interests.

During employment, students are encouraged to explore career readiness competencies and develop knowledge and skills in Effective Communication, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Global & Intercultural Fluency, and Teamwork & Collaboration. Students should visit Texas Career Engagement to learn about the competencies and how to articulate the skills gained through on-campus employment. As a result, SEED offerings are grouped into four areas: Effective Communication and Problem-solving, Work/Life Balance, Ethics & Leadership, and Diversity & Inclusion

Certification Requirements

To earn Student Employee Excellence Certification, students must be regularly working at the University in a student job title. Typically, students must have at least 240 hours of employment in a student title at the university (e.g., 12 weeks at 20 hours per week or 24 weeks at 10 hours per week). This requirement can be met at any time before a student employee graduate, whether that’s over the course of 1, 2, or 3 semesters.

To earn a Level 1 Certification, you must:

  • Participate in at least six professional development experiences. A student can attend a mix of campus workshops, online classes from LinkedIn Learning, or other experiences that fit within the competency areas.
  • Submit to the Student Employment Consultant a written reflection on what you learned in the workshops or from your employment with the university. Please see the Guidelines for SEED Reflections and Projects [pdf].

To earn an Advanced Certification, you must complete the requirements for Level 1 and, in addition:

  • Participate in at least four additional professional development experiences (a total of 10 activities)
  • Complete a project that furthers student employee training. Please see the Guidelines for SEED Reflections and Projects [pdf].

You must complete the workshop attendance and written reflection requirements within three long semesters.

How Do I Participate?

Participation in the SEED Program is free! If students plan to participate in a SEED workshop or activity during their regularly scheduled work shift, they should speak with their supervisor about whether the professional development experience will count as work time.

To earn credit towards SEED Certification, students should participate in professional development activities advertised on SEED Workshop Schedule. If they are interested in other professional development experiences, they should contact seed@austin.utexas.edu.

Students can begin working towards SEED certification before they’ve completed the 240-hour employment requirement for certification. If accommodations are need in order to participate in an experience, please contact seed@austin.utexas.edu.

SEED Partners

The SEED workshops are being presented by experts and training specialists from across campus. Partners include:

  • Gender and Sexuality Center
  • McCombs School of Business
  • Office of the Dean of Students – Leadership and Ethics Institute
  • Office of the Student Ombuds
  • Sanger Learning Center
  • Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Texas Career Engagement
  • Title IX Office
  • Vice President for Student Affairs