Student Employment Overview & Eligibility

Summer positions are open to all F&M students regardless of aid status 

Any student enrolled in at least 3 credits (full-time course load) per semester is eligible for an on-campus employment position.  During the academic year, student employees are permitted to hold up to two campus positions and earn a minimum of $8 an hour.  For a helpful handout on general information related to Student Employment, please click here.

The positions for which you can apply and when you are eligible to apply depends on your need-based aid package.   Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions about your aid package.

Students who have Federal Work-Study or College Work Option on their Financial Aid package are eligible for need-based employment and may apply for any position they are otherwise eligible for on campus. The vast majority of positions are not allowed to offer you more than 10 hours a week (and the exact number of hours varies significantly between positions). Students may not apply for a second job until after October 15th of each fall semester.  If a student does acquire two positions, they are not allowed to work more than 15 hours a week or 30 hours in a pay period.  Please note: Students are not guaranteed an employment position even if offered Federal Work-Study or College Work Option.  In addition, there are a limited number of positions on campus and not all students will be able to acquire two positions on campus.

Students who are NOT eligible for need-based employment  can apply for select on-campus positions. These positions can be found on Handshake and will indicate *Unrestricted* in the position title.   Students are not permitted to start a second position on campus until after October 1st.  If a student does acquire two positions, he or she is not allowed to work more than 15 hours a week or 30 hours in a pay period.   

Additionally, the Student Employment Office hosts two part-time job fairs each academic year which features  on-campus and off-campus positions.   Off-campus and part-time positions are also featured on Handshake; select local positions are also posted on  a bulletin board in the Student Employment Office .


How to Find An On-Campus Job

There are a few primary ways students find employment on campus:

  • Check Handshake

    • All F&M students have access to this database of jobs, internships, and professional development resources.

    • Incoming, first-year students gain access to Handshake on or soon after, August 1st.

    • F&M departments post student positions on Handshake.

  • Attend campus job fairs

    • During Orientation, new first-year students can attend the Student Employment Fair.  Most years, there are also campus job fairs at the end of September and January for all students.

  • Visit the Student Employment Office