On-Campus Employment

On-Campus Employment

As an international student, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and 40 hours per week when school is not in session (such as during summer and winter break) at Seattle University. To find listings of on-campus jobs and volunteer opportunities, please visit Handshake. Note that international students are not eligible to work on other college campuses, but only at Seattle University.


Many on-campus jobs will be listed as either "federal work study" or "institutional work study" positions. Federal work study positions are for U.S. citizens/permanent residents who are receiving a financial aid package from the government which requires them to work on campus. International students are not eligible for federal work study. However, international students ARE eligible for institutional work study, which does not receive any federal funding. Please clarify with the hiring manager to ensure your intended employment is listed as "institutional work study" and that they can hire international students.

Working on Seattle University campus does not require getting any written permission from the International Student Center or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and you can start working as soon as you begin your studies at Seattle University and have received your Continued Attendance I-20. Upon graduation, you must end employment at your on-campus job.

Feel free to reach out to the ISC at isc@seattleu.edu if you have other questions regarding on-campus employment.