Employment On or Off Campus

Your Many Employment Options

On-campus student employment can be particularly helpful since it often comes with flexibility. You don’t need to travel (or at least travel very far!), and you can plan your work schedule around your course schedule.

Off-campus employment is also a valuable way to build your Core Career Competencies. Part-time customer service positions, for instance, teach you skills related to:

  • Applied Problem Solving
  • Oral & Written Communication
  • Teamwork & Leadership
  • Ethical Reasoning & Decision Making

Finding work that is somehow related to a career or field you are exploring can be especially beneficial. Working as a camp counselor, for instance, builds competencies and knowledge that will be essential to your success if you want to become a teacher. Similarly, working as a social media assistant for an office on campus allows you to hone your expertise for a future marketing career.

International Students and On-Campus Jobs

An on-campus job can be especially helpful to you if you’re an international student. Both F-1 and J-1 students are eligible to work on campus, and the work does not need to be related to your field of study.

How to Find an On- or Off-Campus Job

Search for employment opportunities on campus and learn about related employment policies. (Note: Learn more employment opportunities if you’re eligible for work-study).

You can also find job openings posted on Handshake.

Once you’re logged into Handshake:

  • Click on the “Jobs” tab at the top of the page. 
  • On the page that follows, click on the button representing the type of job you’re seeking (“Part-Time,” for instance, or “On-Campus”) and/or click on the “Filters” button for more options. 
  • Click the “See Jobs” button to see the list of job opportunities currently being advertised on Handshake that meet your criteria.

Another way you can uncover job leads is by simply talking to friends, family members, your advisor(s), a CLA career counselor, and others in your network to ask about specific leads. You could even stop by the offices on campus that interest you to inquire about the possibilities.