Student Employment Office

The Student Employment Office supports and manages the hiring process for all hourly paid, matriculated students in degree-granting programs. We exist to help foster the educational and career goals of Rochester students through on-campus employment and provide best practices to departments and supervisors. We offer general employment counseling, I-9 completion, on-campus job fairs, workshops, and recognition events. Our office collaborates and partners with academic and non-departments, Payroll, Human Resources, and student groups to provide a safe and enjoyable work experience for all. 


JobLink is the online employment system available for UR students to search and apply to on-campus positions, create an employment profile, and upload cover letters and resumes. JobLink will become available to incoming/transfer students just prior to Orientation. Learn more about wages, job classifications, and other employment resources at the Student Employment website.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

  • FWS is a federally funded, campus-based student aid program. Eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office and is based on the information provided on the student’s financial aid application.
  • The amount of the student’s FWS award depends on the extent of his/her financial need and available funds.
  • Students are granted an annual dollar amount. This award will be used in combination with department funds.
  • Students may earn more than this amount, but the excess amount will be paid in full by the employing department.
  • These earning are paid to the student through bi-weekly payroll.
  • The awarded amount is subject to change, should the student receive other financial aid at a later point.
  • There is no FWS during the summer employment period.

Benefits of student employment while attending school

Having an on-campus job can be an excellent way to enhance your resume. Campus employment helps to build career competencies and transferable skills that employers and graduate schools will look for after graduation. Many jobs allow you to explore career options and interests, gain valuable real-world work experience, start building a network, collaborate with others, and become a more well-rounded student and professional. It is important to consider what types of on-campus jobs will fit with your values and interests and what you have to offer each position based on your skills and past experiences.

  • Studies show that students who work up to 20 hours a week do just as well or even better academically than those who don’t. Working only 12-15 hours a week (as most students do) shouldn’t affect your grades.
  • Studies also show that students who work on campus are more likely to persist in their studies. Through your job, you’ll become better acquainted with faculty, staff, and other students.
  • Student employment work allows you to:
    • Learn time-management skills necessary for academic success.
    • Reduce your need for student loans and the resulting indebtedness.
    • Gain career-related experience as you clarify goals, acquire skills and self-confidence, and build a network of contacts.
  • UR graduates consistently share that part-time student employment was their most common and valued source of career-related experience, and they often attribute post-graduation success to their work experience.

About the author

Patrick Hennessey

I am an alumnus of the University of Rochester, and I've worked in the Financial Aid Office as both a student worker and now a financial aid counselor. While at the University I was an English major, history minor, and also was involved with Greek Life. When I'm not slaving away over a hot keyboard, I'm usually at home writing, reading historical fiction and non-fiction, and playing my guitar.

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