The Office of Student Employment is here to support students in their efforts to pursue and to succeed in meaningful, academically relevant college work experiences. We offer both in-person and virtual services to help you wherever you are in your part-time job search. For more information about the services we provide, visit our services page.
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4700+The number of students that worked on campus in 2018-19
$10.15/hrThe minimum wage on-campus
11The average number of hours/week that students worked on-campus
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Questions about OSE
We are located on the second floor of University Tower right next to the Den in Suite 202.
Please note that we are currently working remotely, and are offering virtual services to students.
Our hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. If you miss us during those times, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you within 48 hours.
If you are currently enrolled, you can schedule an appointment. You can also give us a call or stop by our office to schedule an appointment.
Please note that at this time we are only offering virtual appointments.
Our office is happy to offer virtual appointments for students who are not on campus, additionally, students can submit their resume or cover letter for online review without needing to schedule an appointment. However, students should expect a longer turnaround time on feedback, and those who have never created a resume or cover letter should schedule time to meet with us to get started.
Work-study is a federal form of financial aid that provides students the opportunity to earn additional money through part-time work. This money can only be earned from working in qualifying positions.
You can find out if you have work-study funding by going to one.iu.edu and logging into your student center to view your finacial aid breakdown. If you have a work-study award, it will be listed with the other forms financial aid you have along with the amount of funding you have received.
Remember that you have to accept the award if you want to use it.
Work-study funds have to be earned by working in a qualifying position. 75% of your paycheck will come from your work-study funds, while the remaining 25% of your pay comes from your employer, so you will receive the money in your bi-weekly paycheck.
No, your work-study funds will be given to you, as you earn them, in your bi-weekly paycheck. You can use this money however you want, and are not required to use it for educational purposes.
Some students do still qualify for work-study funding even if they did not request it on their FAFSA. You can check in with Student Financial Services to see if you are eligible to receive work-study funding.
There are work-study opportunities available off- and on-campus! Both can be found on our job search platform, Handshake. When you search for work-study positions be sure to check the "work-study" box under "all filters." Then, you'll find positions located on-campus and from our community program. Note: You’ll have to accept your work-study award before you will be able to see work-study positions.
Job searching questions
Once you have enrolled in classes, you can access our online job board on Handshake, where you can find a variety of jobs for Jags (including on- and off- campus positions). For more tips on navigating Handshake, check our job searching resources.
Additionally, mark your calendar for the Part-Time Job Fair on September 3! This is a virtual event to help you connect with on- and off-campus employers face-to-face. Many students obtain employment as a result of attending this event. You can pop in anytime during 12:00–4:00 p.m. to connect with potential employers.
While not normally the case, due to a hiring freeze at IUPUI, currently only work-study eligible students are able to obtain an on-campus position. Once the hiring freeze is lifted, all students should see an increase in campus positions to which they can apply.
Check our home page regularly for updates regarding the hiring freeze.
You will need to enroll in classes before you will be given access to Handshake. Your access will be set up within three business days of your course enrollment. Once you have access, you will use your IU username and passphrase to log in.
You will need a resume to apply for most jobs on Handshake and definitely any on-campus positions. Some jobs may also require additional documents, such as a cover letter, class schedule, etc. Currently, on-campus employers will also require a Financial Aid Notification (FAN) document to verify work-study eligibility. The quick steps to find your FAN are:
- Log into your Student Center on One.IU.edu
- In the Finances section, click on View Financial Aid.
- Click on the 2021 Aid Year for IUPUI.
- In the center of the page, click View Award Notification. From the next screen, you’ll be able to save or print your Financial Aid Award Notification letter.
Feel free to reach out to our office if you need assistance building or updating your resume or cover letter or getting your hiring documents together.
It's never too early to get started in your job search. There is usually an increase in postings in August in preparation for the fall semester. However, positions will be posted throughout the summer for the fall.
Though there are always on- and off-campus jobs being posted, the numbers will steadily decrease throughout the fall semester. If you would like to work once classes start, don't be afraid to start applying even if you are not on campus yet.
If you are seeking on-campus positions specifically, it should be noted that only work-study eligible students are being hired in on-campus jobs at this time. This is due to a hiring freeze at IUPUI. Once the freeze is lifted, all students will see an increase in campus positions to which they can apply.
Other common questions
Though we had around 4700 students working on campus last academic year, the on-campus job search is fairly competitive. Students who utilize our office to assist in their job search tend to be more successful finding an on-campus position than those who do not. We are happy to help you as many times as you need to ensure you are successful in your job search.
Many students feel concerned about taking on too much during their first semester, but many first year students report that working while attending classes helped them adjust to college much faster. Working can help you meet other students, find a routine, and learn how to manage your time more effectively.
On-campus positions are willing to work around your class schedule, and many of them are willing to work with you to help you find the number of hours that works well for you. The average number of hours that students work each week on campus, is 11, and you cannot work more than 29/week.
However, we also know that working is not the right choice for every student. We are happy to talk with you more about your specific concerns and help you determine if working is the right choice for you.
Our office is ready to serve your part-time employment needs throughout the academic year. Contact us for an appointment or drop in to see how we can help you find a beneficial employment experience that will connect to your interests and provide unmatched experience. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
Location: University Tower, Suite 202
Phone: (317) 274-0857