On-campus student employment

On-Campus Student Employment provides students an opportunity to develop personal and work-related skills in a controlled environment. The program fosters a spirit of campus-community through interactions between students, supervisors, and co-workers. These experiences provide students with an additional sense of encouragement to persist in the completion of their academic curriculum.

Student Employment FAQs

Federal Work-Study contract dates

Current Contract: August 26, 2019 - May 3, 2020

Minimum hourly wage rates

2019 $9.45
2020 $9.65
2021 $9.87


Student Assistant and Federal Work-Study eligibility

To be eligible for a Student Assistant or Federal Work-Study position, you must meet the following requirements:

  1.  As an undergraduate, the student must continuously carry at least six (6) credit-hours per semester (12 credit-hours for international students).
  2. As a graduate student, the student must continuously carry at least four (4) credit-hours during the fall semester, at least four (4) credit-hours during the winter semester, and at least one (1) credit-hour during the spring/summer semester (8 credit-hours for international students during the fall and winter semesters).
  3. While classes are in session, student employees may work up to 20 hours per week.

On-campus student assistant

Students who are seeking non-work-study student employment opportunities can visit the Career Services Office in 1001 Faculty/Administration Building to find the listing of student employment jobs. Resume and job search assistance is available to assist students with on-campus employment.

On-Campus Federal Work Study

The Federal Work-Study program is a federally funded employment program, awarded to students based on eligibility. Federal Work-Study requires that the student has received and accepted an award for the applicable award period from the WSU Office of Student Financial Aid (information is available to students via Academica).

Resume and job search assistance is available to assist eligible students seeking federal work-study opportunities.

Job postings

Both Student Assistant and Federal Work-Study postings may be viewed in the Career Services Office in 1001 Faculty/Administration Building, or online via Handshake. To view student jobs online, click on the link below to learn how to activeate your Handshake account.

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On-campus employers

To post a position for an on-campus job as a WSU department, complete the On-Campus Student Employment Job Posting form.

Student Assistant and Federal Work-Study positions are posted by Career Services, and are listed on the Handshake database. They are also posted on the front boards in the Career Services Office.

Off-campus employers

WSU Career Services is not currently accepting off-campus work-study applications/partnerships.

Frequently asked questions

How do I find out what jobs are available on-campus?

Visit Handshake and log in using your Access ID and password. Complete your profile, upload your resume, and you can begin applying for positions on-campus. Search for employer "Wayne State University" and positions labeled "STUDENT ASSISTANT" or "FEDERAL WORK STUDY."

Can I get help with my resume to apply for a position?

Yes, please contact Career Services at 313-577-3390 for the daily walk-in schedule (or hyperlink to schedule) with counselors available to discuss resumes, job applications, and other related questions you may have.

Can I work more than one on-campus student position at a time?

Yes, granted that they are not on conflicting payrolls and you do not average more than 20 hours of work per week between both positions.

What is an off-semester? How do I apply for one?

An Off-Semester allows for students to declare one semester, each academic year, in which they can work up to 40 hours per week. The Off Semester Form must be signed by your supervisor and then returned to Career Services via email or in-person. Instructions for returning the document are noted on the form.

Are Student Assistants eligible to continue employment after graduation?

Generally, students are not eligible to continue in their student positions after graduation. Please contact Career Services if you have any questions.