Employment for International Students
To maintain your F-1 and J-1 student visa status, it is extremely important that you follow U.S. federal regulations regarding employment. You must receive work authorization from the Office of International Student Services before accepting employment. To repeat, do NOT begin work without first obtaining authorization from the Office of International Student Services.
- On-Campus Employment for F-1 and J-1 Students
- Off-Campus Employment Options for F-1 Students
- Social Security Cards
On-Campus Employment for F-1 and J-1 Students
International students may apply for jobs on campus but cannot begin work until they receive on campus work permission from the Office of International Student Services.
Students on F-1 visas may work up to 20 hours per week on campus while school is in session. Many on-campus positions pay a minimum wage rate of at least U.S. $10.15/hour (as of 7/1/2016). On-campus jobs are limited and there is no guarantee that every student will be able to secure on-campus employment. Students may work up to 40 hours a week during vacations and summer breaks. International students work in a variety of offices on campus including, but not limited to, the following: Student Gateway, Bookstore, Student Activities Center, Library, Dining Services, Children's Center, and student computer labs. Please consult with the OISS about which on-campus jobs are permissible for F-1 and J-1 students.
Information about on-campus employment is available through the Career Services website.
Off-Campus Employment Options for F-1 Students
Off-campus employment for international students is available in a variety of formats.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT): Part-time during the semester and full-time during breaks, and full-time only after graduation.
- STEM Extension on OPT: New 24-month extension on OPT for those with a STEM degree
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT): Off-campus employment for academic purposes during the semester
- Severe Economic Hardship: For those who encounter unforeseen financial difficulties but cannot find on-campus work