Getting a Job
Students who have not received Federal Work-Study funding still have the opportunity to seek part-time employment opportunities both on and off campus.
All degree-seeking, Northeastern University students
Start Job Search
1. Go to Workday
2. Click on the Menu in the top left corner
3. Click on the Jobs and Career Hub in the menu
4. Click on the Student Employment tab
5. Review and apply for available positions
6. Review the hiring department's website to get a better understanding of employment needs
Resume & Job Searching Guidance
For assistance with creating a resume or other guidance with applying for jobs, contact Northeastern Employer Engagement & Career Design.
1. Receive a job offer (Typically, students do not complete their pre-hire paperwork until they have received a job offer)
2. Complete I-9 Section 1 online
3. Present Supporting Documents at the Student Employment Office
4. Wait for processing to complete the I-9 Section 2 (Up to 3 business days)
Please note that the student must present their own documentation; parents, guardians, or any other representatives are not permitted to submit documents on a student’s behalf.
1. Enroll in Direct Deposit (All on-campus student employees and all off-campus work-study student employees are required)
2. Paychecks will be deposited into the account you designate
3. Submit Working Timesheet (each week before Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on Workday)
4. Your supervisor is responsible for reviewing, approving, and forwarding your timesheets by Monday at 10:00 a.m
5. Students will be paid on a bi-weekly schedule
For semi-monthly paid research assistants or teaching fellows
Pay Date: 15th and the last day of the month (Please submit the information before the payroll deadline)
How to Enroll in Direct Deposit
1. Log into the Student Hub
2. Click on the Resources on the top bar
3. Click on the Financial Services
4. Click on the Direct Deposit Form in the list
5. Fill in the routing number & account number (Please be sure to use the paper and electronic routing number provided by your bank)
6. Wait up to 3 business days for your bank to process the request
7. Paychecks will be deposited into the account you designate.
How to Submit Your Timesheet
1. Go to Workday
2. Click on the Menu in the top left corner
3. Click on the Time in the menu
4. Click on This Week
5. Click on the time you worked
6. Fill in the form with details
7. Click on the Review button on the bottom right
8. Click on the Submit button
20 Hours Per Week (40 hours during official university break)
Depending on experience and position, at least the state minimum wage or above
MA Payment of Wages Law
The Massachusetts Payment of Wages Law indicates:
All hourly employees must be paid at least weekly or biweekly.
All employees must be paid within six days of the end of the pay period.
If an employee resigns, they must be paid for all hours worked on the next regular payday following the end of employment. If an employee is discharged, they must be paid all wages owed on the day of termination.
The US tax system follows a “pay as you go” model, meaning that taxes are deducted from each paycheck.
For students working in the U.S., you will receive the W-2 Tax Form which summarizes your earnings and the taxes you have paid before Jan 31 each year. You may access the W-2 tax documents from Workday.
The W-4 Form indicates how much in taxes will be withheld from your paycheck. You will only be required to complete the form once after you’ve been hired, but you can not update it anytime you wish on Workday. Completing W-4 on Workday takes the place of the paper form and allows you to make any necessary changes electronically.
Steps to find W-2 Tax Form
Go to Workday → Menu → Pay → My Tax Documents → External Tax Documents
Steps for Updating W-4 Tax Information
Go to Workday → Menu → Pay → Withholding Elections → Update
On The Job
Show up on time. If you are going to be late, contact your supervisor to let them know.
If you need to request time off or a change to your schedule, speak to your supervisor as soon as possible.
If you need to quit your job, let your supervisor know as soon as possible. You should give your supervisor at least two weeks’ notice before your last day.
Ask your supervisor to know what work needs to be done. If you have ideas about how to improve a process, share them!
Student Work Hours
Students may not work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session. During university break periods, students may work up to 40 hours per week. Read more...
Student workers may not work during their scheduled class times.
Massachusetts state law requires that an unpaid break of at least 30 minutes be taken after six consecutive hours of work.
Equal Opportunity Employment
The university is committed to providing a living, learning, and working environment free of discrimination and harassment. This policy applies to all members of the university community when acting on behalf of the university, whether on or off campus, as well as to contractors, parents, and visitors when they are on university property.
Northeastern University (the university) recognizes that individuals may be entitled to reasonable accommodation in respect of a legally protected characteristic to participate in employment.
Pregnancy & Pregnancy-Related Conditions
The university recognizes that employees who are pregnant or have a condition related to pregnancy may need a reasonable accommodation to have equally effective opportunities to participate in employment.
Off-Campus Jobs Advises
Be extremely cautious with scammers when applying for off-campus employment! If it seems too good to be true, do not take the position!
The traits of scammers are:
Claim to be out of the country, or to be in the middle of an emergency situation
Send you a check before you have completed or started the work
Ask you to cash a check for them and send them back part of the money, or forward part of the money to someone else
Ask you to purchase gift cards and send them the card information
Ask you to purchase and mail items
Ask you to complete a wire transfer of funds
Ask for your credit card, banking information, or Social Security Number
Legitimate positions provide you with payment after you have worked and/or completed the job.
You should NEVER PAY for any type of employment opportunity
Northeastern University does not oversee the hiring or compensation for non-Work-Study, off-campus jobs. Instead, you will work directly with the employer through the hiring process, and your employer will pay you directly.
Report to us and NUPD immediately if there is any suspicious employer / job posting.
Northeastern University and the Office of Student Employment, Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships are not responsible for the safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of the off-campus employment.
The University does not screen employers who post job opportunities at the Student Employment Office, and by posting jobs NEU and the Office of Student Employment, Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships does not make any representation as to the working conditions that may exist at any place of employment.
Use of this system shall be entirely at the risk of the users hereof and the University expressly disclaims any and all liability with respect thereto.
Students, please be advised it is your responsibility to:
Research the integrity of the organizations to which you are applying
Use caution and common sense when applying for any position with an organization, or private party
Do not put yourself in a vulnerable situation. Even the best job opportunity is not worth jeopardizing your personal safety
DO NOT PAY FOR ANY JOBS listed through our site
Do not have anyone send you payment for you to repay or provide funds in the form of cash, credit, debit, gift card or alternate fund transfer
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I apply for jobs?
Go to Workday → Menu → Jobs and Career Hub → Student Employment → Click on the on-campus jobs or off-campus jobs.
For co-op opportunities, please check NUworks.
Why is my application automatically rejected?
If you believe your applications are being rejected in error, please contact us.
When can new students apply for jobs?
Incoming students will be given access to Workday 20 days prior to the start of their program.
Am I allowed to start working while my I-9 documents are processing?
I do not have my original documents for Section 2 of the Form I-9. Can I present a scan, picture or photocopy?
No, we can only accept the true, physical document. We cannot accept scans, pictures or photocopies of I-9 supporting documents.
I will not be on campus prior to my start date to submit my I-9 documents in person. Can I complete a remote I-9 or email the documents to you?
How can I view my paystubs?
To view your this year's paystub history, go to Workday and search “My Payslip” in the search bar.
To access paystub history prior to this year, please navigate to Student Hub → Resources → Financial Services → Student Employee Self Service, and search “Pay Slips”.
Why am I unable to submit a timesheet?
Can I keep my part-time job while going on Co-op?
If your Co-op position is on-campus, please make sure you receive approval from your Co--op advisor regarding any possible program restrictions and communicate closely with both your Co-op supervisor and part-time supervisor, and make sure they are aware of your other on-campus positions and hours entered. There will be overtime charges if your total hours (Co-op + part time) exceed 40.