Working while going to school has a number of benefits for students and allows you to continue the learning process outside of the classroom. By engaging in student employment during your studies at Northeastern you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience to include on your résumé, earn money to assist with educational and personal expenses, and develop a network of contacts including supervisors, co-workers, and fellow students!
It’s important to note that there are two types of student employment – Federal Work-Study and general student employment. So what is the difference between the two? Federal Work-Study is a need-based federally subsidized program that provides part-time employment on or near campus. Students who are eligible to participate in Federal Work-Study will have the award included in their Offer of Financial Assistance (which you may view through your myNEU portal). The per-term Work-Study award amount reflects the maximum you may earn for that time.
If you have not received Federal Work-Study you still have the opportunity to seek general student employment, both on and off-campus. Local off-campus employment opportunities may include tutoring, babysitting, retail, etc. Please be mindful that local off-campus positions are not screened by the university.
Students who wish to find a position can visit the job search database on the Student Employment website. To access the database, log into your myNEU student portal and click the “Student Employment” link (under the “Self-Service” tab).
Once you are on the Student Employment site, choose the “Find a Job” link to initiate the job search process. You may apply for up to 20 jobs at a time.
You will be able to apply for fall semester positions beginning August 15 – one week from today! In the meantime, we wanted to provide you with some helpful tips:
- Be sure your résumé is up to date before you begin the search process.
- Start gathering required student employment documents; All students who wish to work on campus must complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9). Section 1 of the I-9 can be completed online through the Student Employment link on your myNEU portal. Once this is submitted, personal identification documentation is required for processing (most students present either a U.S. passport, or a Photo ID with a Social Security card or a photo ID with a birth certificate. Information for international students is available here.) Be sure to see a Student Employment representative or visit their office located in 271 Huntington Ave (Suite 276) to submit your document(s)!
- Once you’ve secured a position, work with your supervisor to earn up to your allotted Federal Work-Study amount. You may monitor your Federal Work-Study balance each week through the Student Employment site to be sure you’re on track.
- Remember – earnings from Federal Work-Study and general student employment are not applied directly to tuition bills. Students are paid through direct deposit.
Do you have additional questions regarding the student employment process, required documents, or the Student Employment site? Get in touch with the Student Employment Office! Be sure to also mark your calendar for the annual Student Employment Job Fair on September 7 from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. in the Curry Student Center indoor quad – don’t miss this great opportunity to meet with employers!