Student Employment

Fall 2018 New Student Access to Handshake

Welcome to GW! Admitted and registered students with claimed NetID’s will be granted access to Handshake during the first week of July 2018. At that time, students will receive an email from [email protected] with their login information. Please note: your username will be your @GWU.EDU email address and your password will be your email (single sign-on) password.

What "Student Employment" at GW is:

“Student Employment" at GW refers to the hiring and administration of part-time jobs in which the student earns an hourly wage, and the employer is the George Washington University.  This includes Federal Work Study (FWS) jobs that are with an on-campus department or approved off-campus organization. 

What it is not:

"Student Employment" at the university does not refer to full-time, part-time, or internship opportunities at external organizations, or jobs through University Human Resources & Graduate Student Assistantships & Fellowships.

Part-time Student Employment

Participating in part-time employment or service-learning experiences during your college years will help you gain a variety of experience and learn workplace skills that can be used in a full-time career following graduation.

All current GW full-time degree-seeking students may use Handshake to search and apply for on-campus student employment jobs including Federal Work Study positions.  All incoming full-time degree-seeking students are automatically registered in Handshake and receive information on how to access their account six weeks prior to their first semester (e.g., mid-July for the fall semester). For more information or questions regarding Handshake, please email [email protected].

The Center for Career Services student employment team manages the hiring processes for on-campus part-time student employment.  (Off-campus employers who wish to recruit for full-time, part-time, or internship positions should consult our Employers section).

Special Message for graduating student employees regarding future employment processes.

On-Campus Part-time Jobs (Non-FWS)


If you’re a student you can use Handshake to search for a GW on-campus "Not FWS" job or complete your hiring paperwork if you’ve already been offered a position. On-campus part-time (non-FWS) jobs are not part of the Federal Work Study program.

GW Departments

If you need to hire a student to work in your office part-time, follow the guidelines for hiring a temporary student wage account employee

Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program Part-time Jobs


If you’ve been awarded Federal Work Study as part of your GW financial aid package, you’ll need to understand how the program works and learn how to complete the required hiring paperwork.

GW Departments or Approved Off-Campus Organizations

If you need to hire a student with Federal Work Study, review our Federal Work Study hiring process.