General Student Employment

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Why should I work in college?

Student employment is a unique opportunity for students to gain professional and leadership skills, build their professional network, and explore potential careers all while being paid! In addition, an on-campus student job offers you the opportunity to connect to the campus community, as well as build friendships with people you may not have met otherwise.

I have federal work-study. Can I work anywhere on campus?

All on-campus student positions classified as student help and that pay hourly are work-study eligible. For additional questions regarding work-study, feel free to head to our Federal Work-Study page.

Can I still work if I do not have Federal Work-Study?

Yes! While some employers may preference students with work-study, you do not have to have work-study in your financial aid package to get a job on campus.

I'm an international student. Am I eligible to work?

Many international students on F-1 or J-1 visas are eligible for on-campus employment. Please see the International Student Services website for more details.

Will I find internships or post-graduate jobs on the Student Jobs site?

No. Those who are looking for post-graduate employment and most internship opportunities should use Handshake or resources available from the Career Services Offices at each of our schools and colleges.

What is the salary range for student jobs?

Pay for student jobs varies between positions and will be provided by employers on each job posting.

When can I expect to hear from an employer about my application?

Hiring timelines vary between each job. If you have any questions, reach out to the hiring manager listed on the job posting.

How do I request an accommodation if I have a disability and need assistance applying?

You can reach out to the McBurney Disability Resource Center as well as the Office for Equity and Diversity with questions and requests for accommodations.

Using the Student Jobs Website

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Are all jobs on the Student Jobs site verified and approved?

Yes. All jobs are reviewed by the Student Employment team to ensure they meet our standards to be posted; nevertheless, we encourage all students to review the Fraudulent Posting information to best protect themselves against falsely advertised positions.

Can I save a job posting to look at it or apply to it later?

We are exploring the possibility of this feature. At this time, we recommend saving a position is to scroll all the way to the bottom of the job posting and under “Share This” clicking the envelope icon. This will allow you to email the link to the position to yourself.

Why do some jobs have an "Apply Now" button and others do not?

Many of our local Madison employers do not have access to the application system and thus are not collecting applications through the “Apply Now” button. This particularly applies to nanny/babysitting positions, as they often are families who do not have websites. Please read the job description and application instructions to apply for the position.

How do I access my applications?

The Student Jobs site is linked through single sign-on to your MyWisc account. When you are on the job listings page, click on Applicant Login in the top right corner of the page to access your current applications.

How do I change any of my personal information (like name or major)?

You can make any changes to your personal information on your profile. However, if you would like this change to be made in the Student Information System, you should contact your Academic Advisor or the Registrar’s Office.

Can I start an application and finish it later?

Yes, at any point during the application process you can save and exit for you to work on the application at a later time. You will need to finish and submit the application by midnight on the closing date in order to be considered for the position.

Can I withdraw my application if I decide I am no longer interested in a job?

Yes. At each stage of the application process you will have the option to withdraw your application through your applicant portal.

For Employers

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How do I use the new Student Jobs website?

We have built a variety of resources for UW-Madison employers with step by step videos to help employers post jobs, review applications, and hire student-employees. You can visit that page here.

For non-UW Madison employers, visit our Post non-UW Positions page for more support.

Is there a cost to post on the Student Jobs website?

For UW-Madison positions, there is no charge for posting on the Student Jobs Website. For non-UW positions, there will be a cost per posting that you will be charged after you submit the position for approval. If you are not sure if your position is a UW position or not, see our UW-Madison positions page.

How often are job postings updated?

Jobs are updated daily from Monday – Friday.

Where can I find additional resources in posting a job?

We have developed Employer Resources to help you in your hiring process. Also feel free to see the UW-Madison or Non-UW Positions pages under “Post a Job” for information specific to you.

For Parents

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What are the benefits of working on-campus?

As an on-campus student-employee, your student is able to remain a student first. With scheduling that is consistent and built around class schedules, students can gain work experience without sacrificing their connection to the UW-Madison community.

How will it impact my student academically?

Findings from a 2011 study by Arum and Roska suggested that students who worked about 10 hours per week on campus improved their critical thinking skills at a higher rate than students who did not work. Many students report that working while in college has also improved their time management skills, which many struggle with in the first semester.

Arum, R. & Roska, J. (2011). Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.