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. Obtain additional information about international student employment.

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.

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: isso@uml.edu 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.

Employment Hours

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: isso@uml.edu or call us at 978-934-2383.

J-1 students must report on-campus employment to ISSO at: isso@uml.edu, 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.

On-Campus Departments for Student Employment

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.