Working while going to school has a variety of benefits and allows students to continue the learning process outside of the classroom. Many of our students, each with different interests and goals, have been able to secure a position which closely aligns with their academic program. We are here to help students, parents and families, and employers navigate the student employment process and connect our students with both on and off campus part-time employment opportunities.
Review our Quick Tips Guide for additional information about the student employment process.
Federal Work-Study is a need-based federally subsidized program that provides part-time employment to undergraduate, graduate, and law school students on or near campus. Due to limited funding, you must submit your financial aid application materials by the priority filing deadline to be considered for a work-study award. Students who are awarded Federal Work-Study will be notified in their financial aid award letter. The amount indicated on your award letter reflects the maximum you may earn for that particular semester. Once you have earned your allotted award, you must stop working immediately.
If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study, you are not required to work. If you are interested in pursuing employment opportunities, students are responsible for conducting the job search. As available positions are limited, we cannot guarantee that each student will secure a position.
Unlike other forms of financial aid, Federal Work-Study is not applied as a credit to student accounts. Students are paid on a weekly basis, through direct deposit, for hours worked during the prior week.
Students who have not received Federal Work-Study funding still have the opportunity to seek employment opportunities both on and off campus.
For positions on campus, students must apply specifically for positions which do not require work-study. Any student that applies for a Federal Work-Study position that was not awarded Federal Work-Study will not be considered for that position.
NU Student Temps seeks to connect our talented and ambitious international students with available on campus, temporary, employment opportunities.
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The Online Job Search can be found on myNortheastern by choosing “Services & Links”, then selecting “Campus Employment and Work-Study” under “Student Financial Services.” Search for part-time on and off campus jobs using any number of search criteria, apply for available positions, receive automated emails when preferred jobs become available, and review history of job positions and hiring to get a better understanding of the university’s student employment needs.
If you are an international graduate student with at least two years of work experience, please upload your resume to be incorporated in our Talent Pool. Once we review your resume and qualifications, we will contact you regarding next steps in the skills assessment process.
Before you can be hired for any position on campus, you must have a completed I-9 form on file with the Office of Student Employment, Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships. Section 1 of the I-9 form can be completed online, on My Dashboard, via the Student Employment site. After completing Section 1, you will be required to provide supporting documentation to an authorized Student Employment representative before your first day of work.
If you have questions regarding the I-9 form, please email email@example.com.
All on-campus student employees and all off-campus work-study student employees are required to enroll in direct deposit. To enroll in direct deposit, log into your myNortheastern portal, select “Services & Links”, and the “Direct Deposit Form”, located under “Student Financial Services.” Paychecks will be deposited into the account you designate.
Payroll Taxes and W-4 Form
The W-4 Form indicates how much in taxes will be withheld from your paycheck. To provide this information, you’ll need to update your tax information via your myNortheastern portal. To do so, click on the “Student Employee Self-Service” section on your myNortheastern, then “Update Tax Information.” Please note that you will have access to the “Student Employee Self-Service” section only after you’ve been hired. By completing this information on your myNortheastern portal, this takes place of the paper W-4 Form and allows you to make any necessary changes, electronically.
International students are able to participate in student employment opportunities at Northeastern. However, there are some important regulations to keep in mind. Learn more.
Student employees are paid at an hourly wage. Pay rates will vary depending on the level of experience, and the responsibilities for each position, but will always adhere to the state minimum wage. Please note that students conducting specialized research or highly-skilled work are typically paid at a higher rate.
If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study, which is a finite amount, your pay rate determines the number of hours that you are able to work.
Please note that students cannot work more than twenty hours per week during academic periods.
In order to determine the number of hours you may work for the semester, divide your Federal Work-Study amount by your hourly pay rate, and then by the number of weeks in the semester or the number of weeks during the semester that you wish to work. You may also visit our Federal Work-Study Calculator.
Student employees will be required to complete their timesheets and submit them, electronically, for approval via the Student Employment website.
If you are a semi-monthly paid research assistant or teaching fellow, you will receive your pay on the 15th and the last day of the month, provided the department you are working for has submitted your information before the payroll deadline.
If you are an hourly paid employee, you should submit your online timesheet to your supervisor each week that you work. The deadline for timesheets to be submitted to your supervisor is Monday at 12:00 p.m. each week. Your supervisor is responsible for reviewing, approving, and forwarding your timesheets by Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. Students are paid on a bi-weekly schedule.
Northeastern University is committed to providing equal opportunity for all students in those matters involving admission, registration, and official relationships with students. In addition to practicing policies of nondiscrimination, the university takes affirmative action in the recruitment of students. View the Equal Opportunity Policy here.
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is located at 106 West Village A. They can be reached at 617.373.2133.
Office of Student Employment, Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships
271 Huntington Avenue, Suite 276
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000
NU Student Temps
271 Huntington Avenue, Suite 253
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000