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How to get part time job on campus in US Universities ?

One of our readers asked  “I would like to know the details about how to find a part time job…I’m a student…coming to US in Spring…”. In case you do not know what is an on-campus job or what are the various kinds of on-campus jobs refer to this post on On Campus Vs Off-Campus Jobs . It explains about how much you make too ! Back to the question, How do I get on campus job ?  It is kind of a million dollar question if you are an international student and do not have any sort of funding…It is very important to have an on campus job, it gives you financial stability to pay for your expenses and may be save a little bit for tuition fee too.

First important thing – Resume for On Campus job :

Irrespective of what your background, you have to prepare a one page resume. I am assuming most of you reading are coming to US for Masters. Just list your undergraduate GPA and list some of your projects done in Bachelors. If you have worked, list it under work experience. Try to highlight your student involvement. Most of the jobs on campus focus on good customer skills. Focus your resume on highlighting your customer experience. One good way is, You can say, I was part of an Organization as vice president or treasurer. You can also write, I was part of Cricket team. If you have any awards or accomplishments like Top in class, college, highlight them. Scholarships, etc. Also, if you have done anything in society like red cross or blood donation, focus on them.  Overall, the goal should be to highlight your people skills. If you do not have any now, try to get involved in community  now so that you can put in resume when you come up here. You may not need a resume in some situations like if you get by reference. But, it is good to have one. You might want to read this article on How to prepare a resume for On campus Jobs

Easy way to get a On Campus Job:

The easiest way to get an On campus job is to ask your seniors. Most of the jobs are given or passed on by this way. There is lot of internal politics involved here. If you think, there is too much politics, do not waste your time trying to kiss someone’s … There are better ways 🙂

Regular way to get on Campus Job :

One of the regular ways is to go to Career center on campus and look for the on campus postings. There will be a careers website and they will be posted there too depending on the school. Guess what? Everyone knows this and there is high competition.

Creative Way to get on Campus Job :

A very creative way to get on campus job is, join a bunch of student organizations and network with people. Ask them where they work on campus and get networked. It is quick and effective. You will have to be committed to student orgs. Do not join to get job. Join to get to know people and be involved. Job will follow you based on your work.

Volunteering Way to get a job :

Another proven way is to sign up for any volunteering opportunity in Student life office or any office that is in Student Union.  If you volunteer, you get to know the bosses of the offices. You can ask them if there are any openings. They see you volunteering and guess what, you get a job next day. Some good places are International Student office where we volunteer a lot.

Final way – Knocking the door way to get job :

The final approach if nothing succeeds is to knock every single door in the Student Union and Academic offices. All you do is, print bunch of copies of resume and go to each office, ask someone at front desk if there are any student worker positions. The odds are at least one in ten offices, you will get one. It is a very polite way to ask for a job and they appreciate your hard work and effort to boldly knock and ask them. This will get you job !

Typical Offices or places where you should look for on Campus Jobs :

Most of these are very generic and every university will have the same or similar title. I am putting up an extensive list for your convenience where most of the students work. Most of these will be located in Student Union or similar title place. Ideally, you can knock any office door and ask them. You lose nothing !

  1. Library
    • Circulation Dept
    •  Inter library loan dept
    •  Archives Dept
    • Sorting and Shelving
    • Computer Labs
  2. Computer Labs ( IT/lab technician jobs )
  3. University Computing department  ( More IT jobs)
  4. Student Life Office
  5. Student Leadership office.
  6. Dean of Students office.
  7. Student Government Office
  8. Cafeteria
  9. University Stadiums :Basketball, Football, etc
  10. University Fitness Center or Gym
  11. University Information Center
  12. International Students office
  13. Financial Aid office
  14. Writing Center
  15. First year or Mentoring center for Students
  16. Career Services
  17. Counseling Services
  18. Cashier’s office
  19. Adult Education center.
  20. Student Activities office.
  21. University Recreation Center.
  22. University Coffee shops
  23. Student Union.
  24. Parking services
  25. Visitor information center.
  26. University Book Store
  27. Athletics and Intra murals office

Apart from the above, you can go to every school and ask there too

  • School of Business
  • School of Arts
  • School of Music
  • School of Sciences

It could be frustrating to get a job sometimes because there are too many international students. Guess what, if you try all of the above, you have very high chances of getting a job. In fact, I have used almost all of them in some way or other to get different jobs and also helped my friends in getting jobs through references. I know, they work !

What has been your experience looking for an on-campus job ?

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    • Pandu,
      Sometimes, it is just that there may be more supply than demand in terms of students, so you may not get immediately. It is very common to wait for a semester and then get it. Make sure, you followup with all the offices once every couple of months and ask them, if something would open up for next semester like Summer or Fall and then ask for the details to apply.

  1. can an undergraduate international students earn enough money to cover all of his tuition fees and living costs?
    It would be great help for me if you give information on this?

    • Ganesh,
      Well, it may be very tough, unless you get full tuition scholarship and some sort of stipend or assistantship. It is not impossible, it is just that there are few such scholarships and assistantships. You will need to check with the school you plan to apply to get details, if such things are offered in that school you plan to apply.

  2. Can I part time work for a software company or an analytics firm while doing my doctorate??? What are the legalities and illegalities attached to it???

    • Anvesh, It varies by school and the part time job you do. It usually can vary anywhere from $7 ( or the minimum wage in that state ) to $15 per hour. You can work for 20 hours when school is in session and 40 hrs a week in Summer session. You can do the math on how much a student makes…

  3. what will be the total cost to study ba in us including boarding etc ???? can we do any part time other out side the campus ?? Some students may also come to do their ms or mba as they have confidence that there are lots of part time jobs so one can earn and they can reduce some cost in tution or living expenses..

  4. Hey sonya wat if someone dnt have good fund to carry with them n neither do they. Hv any scholership…do u hv ani solution to sch students.. do write bck i wl b waiting…

  5. hi,
    this article is completely worthless.most universities in the US do not want international students to work for them ,the reason is simple,they want more money into their country.if students work,they somehow supplement a portion of their living cost which the government can earn if the job is not given to this student.and even if they do,most jobs would earn less than $8 bucks/hr and loads of work and work related stress.best thing is to come to USA on full funding or scholarship so that the student can relax and hav fun while going to college and perform best in their academics,because thats the ultimate goal

  6. You have the best answers to my Question 🙂
    This comment really suits u kumar.
    This and all other posts frm u are really very useful.


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