Student Employment

Find a Job

Welcome to Northeastern University!

We’re thrilled to have you here, and we are eager to help you understand and navigate your employment options.

Incoming students can begin searching and applying for jobs on December 20.

Getting a Job

Any student who is enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Northeastern University is eligible for student employment.

The University offers Part-Time and Work-Study positions.

You can search for jobs by going to Workday and searching “Jobs and Career Hub” then selecting “Student Employment”. Search for part-time on and off campus jobs using any number of search criteria, apply for available positions, and review history of job positions and hiring to get a better understanding of the university’s student employment needs. You can find a more detailed guide for your job search in our Workday resources.

 

What is Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study is a need-based federally subsidized program that provides part-time employment to undergraduate, graduate, and law school students on or near campus. Due to limited funding, you must submit your financial aid application materials by the priority filing deadline to be considered for a work-study award. Students who are awarded Federal Work-Study will be notified in their financial aid award letter.

If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study, you are not required to work. If you are interested in pursuing employment opportunities, you are required to conduct your own job search. As available positions are limited, we cannot guarantee that each student will secure a position.

Pre-Hire Paperwork

Once you receive a job offer, you must complete the Form I-9 with our office. Both sections of the Form should be completed before your first day of work.

Section 1 of the I-9 form can be completed online via the Student Employment site.

To complete Section 2, you will be required to provide supporting documentation to an authorized Student Employment representative at 375 Richards Hall.

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.

Allow up top 3 business days for our office to process your Form I-9.

If you have questions regarding the I-9 form, please email seoi9help@northeastern.edu.

Getting Paid

Direct Deposit

All on-campus student employees and all off-campus work-study student employees are required to enroll in direct deposit. To enroll in direct deposit, log into the Student Hub, select “My Links”, then “Student Financial Services”, then “Direct Deposit Form.” Paychecks will be deposited into the account you designate.

Payrates

Student employees are paid at an hourly wage. Pay rates will vary depending on the level of experience, and the responsibilities for each position, but will always adhere to the state minimum wage. Please note that students conducting specialized research or highly-skilled work are typically paid at a higher rate.

If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study, which is a finite amount, your pay rate determines the number of hours that you are able to work. In order to determine the number of hours you may work for the semester, divide your Federal Work-Study amount by your hourly pay rate, and then by the number of weeks in the semester or the number of weeks during the semester that you wish to work.

Please note that students cannot work more than twenty hours per week during academic periods.

Pay Schedules

Student employees will be required to complete their timesheets and submit them, electronically, for approval in Workday, via the Student Employment website.

As an hourly paid employee, you should submit your online timesheet to your supervisor each week that you work. The deadline for timesheets to be submitted to your supervisor is Sunday at 10:00 a.m. each week. Your supervisor is responsible for reviewing, approving, and forwarding your timesheets by Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Students are paid on a bi-weekly schedule.

Taxes

The W-4 Form indicates how much in taxes will be withheld from your paycheck. To provide this information, you’ll need to update your tax information via Workday. To do so, go into your applications and select the Pay app. Then select “Withholding Elections” and update the form. Please note that you will have access to the Pay app only after you’ve been hired. By completing this information on Workday, this takes place of the paper W-4 Form and allows you to make any necessary changes, electronically.

Off-Campus Employment

With the exception of international students, students can also pursue employment opportunities in the surrounding community. There are many jobs available off-campus in the greater Boston area. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for jobs?

Go to Workday and search “Jobs and Career Hub”, then select “Student Employment” and click on NU Find Student Jobs.

Why is my application automatically rejected?

Work-study jobs are only available to students who have been awarded work-study funding as part of their financial aid package. If an ineligible student applies to a work-study job, their application will be automatically rejected. If you are not eligible for work-study, you should use the filters to limit your job search to non-work-study jobs only.

Students may also be rejected from a job if they are not qualified, or if another candidate was more suitable for the position. Hiring managers make the final hiring decision.

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 on December 20.

Am I allowed to start working while my I-9 documents are processing?

Students should not start working until their hire has been confirmed in Workday, to avoid any possible delay in pay if there are issues with the hire request or I-9 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?

No, we cannot verify your I-9 supporting documents remotely. You will have to wait until you arrive on-campus before you can complete the process with our office. We cannot accept your supporting documents via email.