Student Employment

Each year, over 2,500 students work on campus.

Employment opportunities are available across a wide variety of departments, and you may browse open positions through the Student Employment website.  Both aid-eligible and non-aid-eligible students are able to work campus jobs and are paid on a bi-weekly basis.

If you are a financial aid recipient, we expect (but do not require) you to work during the academic year.  The wages you earn at a campus job are paid directly to you and are intended to cover out-of-pocket expenses, such as textbooks, travel, and personal items.  If you choose not to work, you will need to find alternate ways to cover personal expenses.

Before working, you must complete the I-9 and W-4 forms—also available through the website—to certify your work eligibility and tax filing status. 

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

Your financial aid letter may designate your campus job as Federal Work-Study. This means that your wages come from federal funding. Since some campus jobs are available only to FWS-eligible students, you should be aware of your FWS status when applying to those positions.

International Students

Most international undergraduates hold an F1 visa and are able to work on campus, provided they complete the I-9 form.  In addition to the I-9, international students should also apply for a Social Security Number after beginning a campus job.  The Student Employment Office works closely with the Davis International Center to guide non-resident students through the job application process.  International students may not work more than 20 hours per week during term-time, and not more than 40 hours per week during breaks in the academic year.