International Students & Scholars Office

On-Campus Job Information

Most on-campus jobs are based on Work-Study funding:

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for Work Study funded jobs. You will need to rely on the funding source(s) you presented to our office & U.S. Embassy when issued F-1 status. Below is a list of on-campus departments that sometimes offer non-work study funded positions for which international students can apply.

You may also utilize the Job Hawk Site:

  • Navigate to "JobHawk Login"
  • Click on "Job Listings Now Available: To search the listings now, click here."
  • Click on "International Students"

You are not eligible for any "off-campus" jobs listed on the Job Hawk Site unless you receive the PRIOR approval from ISSO through a new Form I-20.

Regarding Social Security & On-Campus Jobs for International Students:

You do not need to have a Social Security Number to apply for or be offered an on-campus job. You will need to have a Social Security Number before starting the job. It only takes two weeks to obtain a Social Security card. Our office is willing to explain this to any UMass Lowell hiring department that may be reluctant to offer you a job for lack of a Social Security card. If you encounter this problem, please ask them to contact either ISSO at: or have them call us at 978-934-2383. Always get their name and telephone # and we will be happy to call them to explain the process and to make them feel comfortable in offering you a job.

Please remember that you do NOT need a Social Security # to open a bank account or to do any business in the U.S. Your passport and a brief explanation of your status will suffice. If you ever need our office to write a letter or call anyone to explain your status, we’re happy to do so. In order to open a Bank account in the U.S. without a Social Security #, you simply need to complete a W-8 Form (pdf), which can also be obtained by any Bank Teller.

How Many Hours Per week Can an International Student Work On-Campus:

International Students must maintain full-time status at all times and follow all legal requirements of their F-1 or J-1 student status. F-1 and J-1 students are permitted to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week. This is 20 hours per week in total of all combined on-campus jobs. It is not 20 hours per job. During the recognized Umass Lowell vacation periods, international students in F-1 or J-1 status are permitted to work on-campus on a full-time basis as long as they’re complying with all other F-1 & J-1 status requirements. For questions on your status, contact: or call us at 978-934-2383.

J-1 students must report on-campus employment to ISSO at:, both whenever they start or end an on-campus job.

All Off-Campus Work Authorization for F-1 or J-1 students must have the PRIOR approval of the International Students & Scholars Office and the issuance of a new Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. Failure to obtain Off-campus Work Authorization through ISSO will jeopardize your F-1 or J-1 student status.

Below is a list of Suggested On-Campus Departments:

Any employer other than those listed below is unacceptable as on-campus employment for international students. When in doubt, ALWAYS check with the International Students & Scholars Office first.

Check with your academic department first about job possibilities such as teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships or any other type of job within their department.

The Riverhawk Shop (Bookstore)


University Crossing

220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA

Hiring: Sam Khiev

Campus Recreation Center


100 Pawtucket Street, Lowell

Hiring: Peter Murray

The Centers for Learning


Hiring: Judy Frank

North location: Southwick Hall, 308, Lowell, MA

South location: O'Leary Library, 1st Floor, Lowell, MA

Aramark Food Services


100 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA

Hiring: Sandy Kopycinski

Tsongas Center


300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, MA

Hiring: Arlene McKinnon

Transportation Services


220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA

Hiring: Karina Cruz

O'Leary Library

South Campus

61 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA

Hiring: Shaun Sullivan

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center


50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA

Hiring: Chrstine Trainor & John Bowen