Ask an OISS Advisor

QUESTION: I would like to work on-campus, but I am struggling to find a job.  How do other international students find on-campus jobs?

by Jason Marquart, Team Leader

ANSWER: This is a popular question and there is no easy answer.  The truth is that there are more international students interested in working on-campus than there are jobs available.

In addition, Washington University does not have a centralized job board that lists all on-campus employment opportunities.  However, if you are interested in working on-campus, it may be a possibility.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

LIMITS ON HOURS

  • You are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during the winter and summer breaks.

RESOURCES FOR ON-CAMPUS JOBS

  • The most common way for international students to find jobs on-campus is by asking around.  You are welcome to inquire with any campus office to see if they hire international students.  There are a few on-campus employers that hire a lot of students, including the University Libraries and Campus Recreation.
  • Washington University does not have a centralized job board that includes all on-campus jobs, but you may want to check for on-campus job opportunities on CAREERLink, a job search database hosted by the Career Center.
  • There are a few cases in which you can work on-campus even though you would not be an employee of Washington University. The WashU Calling Center is probably the best example along with the Campus Bookstore and Bon Appetit. These jobs are still considered to be on-campus.

JOBS THAT ARE NOT OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  • You may have heard of the Open Jobs database, maintained by Student Financial Services, which posts jobs for students that are eligible for the Federal Work-Study program (FWS) program. Unfortunately, as an international student, you would not be eligible for any job that requires FWS.
  • You may hear of other opportunities to work for other companies as “campus representatives” and “brand ambassadors.”  Those jobs may seem to be on-campus employment, but they are generally not open to international students, even if the work appears to be on-campus.  If you find one of these opportunities and you are unsure if you are eligible, you can always discuss the position with an International Student Advisor.

As you begin to look for on-campus jobs, do keep in mind that you are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during the winter and summer breaks.

If you have any questions regarding on-campus employment, please contact the Office for International Students and Scholars at oiss@wustl.edu, 314-935-5910, or visit during walk-in hours.