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On-and-Off Campus Student Employment

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Many departments at the University offer part-time positions for students. These positions are not limited to Federal Work Study, which are based on financial need. For more information about work-study, visit  Student Financial Services.

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off-campus employment

Career Services works closely with the community to identify part-time job opportunities for WVU students. There are many different types of jobs for students in town and the surrounding area.

summer employment

As long as the student is enrolled in the upcoming Fall semester, they can be a student worker in the summer without being enrolled in summer classes.

graduate assistantships

To search and apply for Graduate Assistantships at WVU, filter using West Virginia University as the employer and adding Graduate Assistant in the search bar. View more information about graduate assistantships.

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How to Apply

When applying for an on-campus position, you must have a resume and work availability document prepared.

Off-campus positions may require additional documents to apply.

All hiring decisions are made by the prospective employer.

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on-campus next steps

Processing for Payroll

To get paid for on-campus positions, students must process for payroll and receive an official hire date before they can begin working. See the WVU Shared Services Employee Processing website. The information available is applicable for all WVU campuses.

When students process for payroll, they sign up for direct deposit (the fastest way to receive your pay). For information on pay days throughout the year and what days are covered on each pay, visit the Pay Schedules website.

Work Schedules

Students will work with their supervisor to establish a feasible work schedule.  Students can work between 1 to 28 hours per week throughout the fall and spring semesters. There are some exceptions where students can work up to 40 hours per week (over some breaks). Student employees (except for emergency/essential personnel) cannot work on days the University is officially closed, which includes scheduled University holidays, as well as emergency closures, such as snow days. For more details on Permissible Work Hours.

Please note: Student days off, such as spring break, are not necessarily days the University itself is officially closed for a University holiday. Therefore, students can work during spring break if needed.


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