Student Employee Excellence Development

Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) Program

Professional Growth for Student Employees

Program Overview

If you are employed by the university in a student academic or non-academic job, the Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) Program is for you! The program is designed to provide you with opportunities to enhance your skill set, knowledge base, and leadership potential so you can excel in the student workforce and in your future career.

Benefits of Participating

The SEED Program gives you the chance to attend free, one-hour workshops on a variety of topics related to employment and work/life balance.

Here are just a few of the benefits of participating:

  • Turn your employment into a personal and professional development opportunity
  • Learn to connect your student job to your career goals
  • Improve your communication, time management, and stress management skills
  • Discover valuable resources available to you across campus
  • Increase your cultural competency and ability to work effectively with others

If you complete the SEED certification requirements, you also will:

  • Receive a SEED certificate
  • Be able to list “Student Employee Excellence Certification” on your resume
  • Be recognized during National Student Employee Appreciation Week in April
  • Receive a letter acknowledging your achievement from the Associate Vice President for Human Resources (Advanced Certification only)

See what students who have earned a Student Employee Excellence Certification have to say about the benefits of the program!

Certification Requirements

To earn Student Employee Excellence Certification, you 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 you graduate.

To earn a Level 1 Certification, you also must:

  • Participate in at least six professional development experiences. A student can attend a mix of in-person workshops, online classes from LinkedIn Learning, or other experiences that fit within the competency areas.
  • Submit to the Student Employment Coordinator 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! All you have to do to participate in the program is register for the SEED workshops. If you plan to attend a workshop during your regularly scheduled work shift, you will need permission from your supervisor. Please check with your supervisor to see if your attendance will count as work time.

To earn credit for attending a SEED workshop, you must register through UT Learn. You can search for in-person courses sponsored by SEED using the search term “SEED” or link through the SEED Workshop Schedule, which includes a description of each course and its objectives. Enrollment is limited, so please register early.

You can start attending SEED workshops before you’ve completed the 240-hour employment requirement for certification. If you need accommodations to participate, please contact us at

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SEED Partners

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

  • BeVocal: The Bystander Intervention Initiative of UT Austin
  • Cockrell School of Engineering Career Assistance Center
  • Gender and Sexuality Center
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • McCombs School of Business
  • Office for Inclusion and Equity
  • Office of the Dean of Students – Leadership and Ethics Institute
  • Office of the Student Ombuds
  • Recreational Sports
  • Sanger Learning Center
  • Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Title IX Office
  • University Compliance Services
  • University Housing and Dining
  • University Unions
  • UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
  • Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling

Support for the SEED Program

The Student Employee Excellence Development Program at UT Austin is supported by donations to the University Operations Student Employee Recognition Program fund. Donations will help ensure the continuation of efforts to recognize and offer development opportunities to student employees.

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