Non-FWS Positions

What is A Non-FWS Position?

How Can I Get a Non-FWS Position?

I Was Offered A Non-FWS Position! What Now?

When Can I Start Working

I'm Under 18


What Is A Non-FWS Position?

A Non-FWS position is a student position that does not require a Federal Work Study award. If you are unsure whether you were awarded Federal Work Study as part of your financial aid package, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance. All students are eligible to hold a Non-FWS position, provided that they are eligible to work within the U.S.

You may work for any GW department, office, institute, or center. Positions include research, administrative assistant, project assistant, communications and marketing, tutoring, and more.


How Can I Get A Non-FWS Position?

Like all student positions, Non-FWS positions are most easily found through Student Employment Talent Management System

Most employers search for students to fill positions close to the beginning of the Fall semester each year, but there are opportunities posted throughout the year as the need arises. Keep in mind that as the school year progresses, it becomes more difficult to find a position.

Students are strongly encouraged to stop by the Center for Career Services or make an appointment with a Career Coach through Handshake for help with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation to make sure you're putting your best foot forward on each application. The Center for Career Services also has a service called VMock that automatically checks your resume for simple things like formatting. Making sure you are prepared for the application process will increase your chances of success in finding a position.


I Was Offered A Non-FWS Position! What Now?

Once an employer has offered you a Non-FWS position, there are still a number of things that have to be done before you may start working:

  • After you have applied and your new employer has been approved to start your hiring process, you will receive an electronic offer letter through the Student Employment TMS. You must sign this online.
  • Depending on your position, you may be required to complete a background check. The position posting will indicate if this is a requirement. Background check invitations are sent to your email through GW HR and Sterling Systems.
  • When the offer letter is signed and the background check is complete, Student Employment will start your onboard process. You will receive a list of action items to complete the Student Employment TMS.
    • All new student employees will be required to complete sections 1 and 2 of the federal Form I-9. This will require you to show, in person, required documentation. Per federal requirements, we must see original (not scanned, copied, or digital) documents when you complete the form in our office.

STUDENTS UNDER 18 will need a DC Work Permit before beginning work. Please download and complete the Instructions and the Work Permit Application.

BEFORE YOU START WORKING you must receive notice from Student Employment that you have been completely hired and are allowed to start working. Even if you have completed all necessary paperwork, you are not yet cleared to begin unless you have been specifically notified by us. This notification will come to your GW email account and will include instructions on how to record your hours in the body. If you started working before you have received that notice - STOP! Please get in touch with our office so that we can help you and your supervisor complete the necessary paperwork before you continue working