‘MTSU On the Record’ invites college students to a...

‘MTSU On the Record’ invites college students to apply for summer census jobs

College students’ participation in the 2020 U.S. census was the focus of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

June Iljana, U.S. Census Bureau regional partnership specialist

June Iljana

Host Gina Logue’s interview with June Iljana, media specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau‘s Philadelphia Regional Census Center, first aired Feb. 11 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and online at

You can listen to their conversation above.

Iljana is encouraging MTSU students to not only fill out the census when they receive it but to work as census takers this summer. These census takers will help gather demographic data from households.

The hourly pay for census takers in Rutherford County will be $21, she said. The hiring process involves filling out an online job application and agreeing to a background check and fingerprinting.

While the exact number of hires they’ll need wasn’t final when the program aired, Iljana said then the bureau needs about 2,600 applicants in Rutherford County alone. She added that working for the Census Bureau is a great addition to any young adult’s resume.

“Working for the federal government is a unique opportunity, and the Census Bureau offering these temporary jobs is a great foot in the door to experience that kind of environment,” Iljana said.

“It’s just a great opportunity for anyone to show that they have the will to work and that they have the organizational skills that will benefit any kind of company.”

For more information about working for the U.S. Census Bureau, go to

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.