On campus employment includes work done as a teaching assistant as well as jobs in the University including, administrative positions in various departments, library, facilities, and Global Bistro.
F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus while attending classes. The work does not need to be related to your field of study. You must maintain legal F-1 status while engaging in on-campus employment. All students working on campus must complete the On-Campus Work Authorization Form to obtain written approval from the International Student Services office.
Federal Work Study is a federally funded employment program available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents as part of federal financial aid packages. If you receive Federal Work Study as part of your financial aid packet, you should check postings for the “FWS Eligible” designation. If you do not know for sure if you qualify for FWS, you should check with the Financial Aid Office to inquire.
- Earn extra $$ and scholarship funding
- Gain practical work experience
- Meet new people and make friends
- Develop communication skills and various other skills needed for the workplace
- Learn to manage your time and juggle many projects at once
- Recommendation letters and personal references for future employment or education
Most work schedules are usually flexible in order to accommodate student schedules. However, some positions may have coverage requirements. Students in these positions may need to have flexibility with their hours in order to work in these positions.
- F-1 students are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session.
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents are limited to working a maximum of 29 hours per week.
- You must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (if you are a first semester student, your CGPA is not factored in)
- You must be up-to-date with all tuition payments and have no outstanding financial obligations.
- You must be enrolled in an academic program at VIU (not ESL).
- You must submit a résumé and cover letter for consideration.
- F-1 students may work up to 20 hours per week (maximum) while classes are in session.
On-campus employment is an excellent way to establish good work habits that you can carry into internships and jobs after graduation. Qualities such as timeliness, dependability, collaboration, and good work ethic are characteristics ALL employers are seeking in their employees, on-campus or in “the real world.”
- STEP 1: Have your résumé and cover letter reviewed at the University’s Career Center before applying.
- STEP 2: Download and complete the Student Employment Application. This application can be used for any and all positions during a semester. A new application will need to be completed for following semesters.
- STEP 3: Upload your Student Employment Application, Cover Letter, and Résumé below. If you’d like to provide additional documents, such as a portfolio or example of your work, you may do so as well, though this is not required.
- STEP 4: If you are called for an interview, dress appropriately and be on time.
Below you will find a listing of positions that are open and in active recruitment status. To view all on-campus employment positions at the university, click here. An applicant is not able to apply for a specific position, but may indicate position preferences in his/her submitted cover letter. Students are considered for on-campus employment first and then placed into appropriate positions afterwards.