Find an On-Campus Job
The University of Arizona hires thousands of students to work in various positions across campus. From office assistants to yoga instructors, almost every department on campus is recruiting student workers at some point during the year.
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- Handshake– Most campus departments list their positions on Handshake (replaces Wildcat JobLink). You can search positions by work-study and non-work study. If you are a work study eligible student, you can apply for both work-study and non-work study positions.
- Wildcat Student Employment Fair – Held annually at the beginning of the fall semester, this employment fair features dozens of campus departments looking to hire students. Usually held in the Student Union Memorial Center ballroom, you are encouraged to stop by and browse through the tables, talk to departmental representatives, and gather information about a wide variety of opportunities.
- Departmental Websites & Listservs– Several departments and colleges post vacant positions on their websites or advertise their vacancies through university listservs. A quick scan of the department's website may yield information about available positions.
- Direct Contact – For many, the best way to find a job is to inquire in person. Physically going to the departments during their business hours and asking about employment opportunities may result in successful job placement. Some smaller departments may only hire a few students and do not utilize more formal on-campus hiring resources like Wildcat JobLink.
The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federal financial aid program that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students.
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In order to qualify for FWS, you must apply for financial aid and show documented financial need. Jobs are available both on and off campus. This program provides opportunities for employment related to your course of study.
FWS employment provides an advantage over non-work study employment because the earnings are removed from income on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which means your earnings are not considered when figuring your "financial need" for future financial aid. If you were not awarded FWS, you may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (520) 621-1858 to review your eligibility.
How to find a Work-Study Position
When you log into Handshake, and click on Jobs & Internships from the left-hand menu. On the next page, you can then choose the position type you are looking for, including on-campus student employment. As a FWS eligible student, you can apply for either work study or non-work study positions. Be sure to inform the supervisor of your hiring department that you are work-study eligible so that they can complete the proper forms.
Graduate students fall under the same guidelines as undergraduate students in terms of general or work-study employment on or off-campus.
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Many graduate students work as Graduate Assistants or Graduate Associates. These positions may take the form of teaching or research assistants or other positions in non-academic departments. The recruitment and hiring process is conducted through each individual department with eligibility verification conducted by the Graduate College. Graduate students interested in GA positions should contact their academic department directly. Some non-academic graduate assistantships are also available on Wildcat JobLink.
The Graduate College maintains a GA Manual with detailed information on eligibility, training, benefits, salary, and hiring documents.
Your visa status determines if you can work in the United States, and in what types of situations. International students should work with International Student Services (ISS) to follow the correct procedures for obtaining employment on or off-campus.
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Determine Your Visa Status
Working off campus without authorization is a violation of your status which will result in your I-20 being terminated without the option for reinstatement. Learn more about the different types of work authorization available to you as an F-1 or J-1 student at the Office of Global Initiatives.
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- Join a student organization, volunteer, or obtain a part-time job that will provide you with an opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills in a professional environment.
- Identify "international-friendly" employers. Consider looking for jobs and internships with international companies or ask employers if they have previously sponsored H1-B visas.
- Utilize Career Services resources to prepare for upcoming interviews and employer events.