Student Guide to Employment

Working as a Student on Campus

All students may have the opportunity to work on campus, whether or not they are awarded Federal Work Study.

As a student employee, there are guidelines for the amount of hours a student can work. Students are able to work more than one job, however, please note the guidelines are for the combined number of hours of all jobs worked:

  • During the semester: Policy: 20 hours per week maximum
  • During breaks longer than 5 days (including summer): Policy: 40 hours per week maximum

Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study program provides students with the opportunity to work part-time and earn a paycheck. Federal Work Study is awarded as part of the student’s financial aid package. The total amount of Federal Work Study awarded is what the student is eligible to earn for the academic year and is based on information provided on the FAFSA.

Finding a Job

There are a number of ways to find a job:

For On-Campus Jobs: You may always contact departments directly to inquire about available positions. Some departments hire a number of students every year regardless of whether the student has Work Study.  Network with people! Talk to professors, your advisor and your friends to see what they recommend and what they know. Refer to the Student Campus Employment Guide for departments that typically offer jobs to students.

For Student Community Jobs: The MMA community and surrounding towns often seek out students to help with odds jobs. To view current Student Community Jobs Posting visit careercenter.mma.edu and login to your student account. After signing in choose “Search – My School’s Jobs” and refine your search by using “View Jobs by Job Type” and selecting “Student Employment” from the dropdown menu.

Some things to remember:

  • Before you may begin working you must complete an I-9 form with the Student Payroll Office, located in Leavitt Hall, 2nd floor, room 222
  • In setting a work schedule, employers and students are encouraged to keep in mind that the student’s primary focus should be on academic endeavors and that there must be a balance between educational responsibilities and work
  • The student’s work schedule and number of hours per week should be negotiated between the student and supervisor
  • Under no circumstance should a student be scheduled to work during their active class times
  • Keep in mind that finding a job while a student is just like finding a job when you graduate from college; it is a process. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find a job on the first try — keep trying!