Benefits to Work
Participating in part-time employment during your college years can help you gain a variety of experiences and learn workplace skills that can be used in internships and other professional opportunities. Student positions are conveniently located on or near campus. Our employers understand that you are a student first, and are encouraged to be accommodating of your academic schedule and related needs. A student employment position can also help you make connections with GW staff who can become valuable parts of your professional network and support system.
For students seeking to earn their Federal Work Study offer, specified FWS positions through student employment are offered. Learn more about our Federal Work Study (FWS) Program.
Types of Positions Available
GW students work in a wide variety of positions. Opportunities range from administrative office work, research opportunities with professors, events staffing, technology support, tutoring, marketing, and communications, acting as ambassadors to university departments and programs, and so much more! You may view the student position types used by GW departments in the Student Employment Position Standards & Descriptions document.
International Students Employees
In general, international students enter the U.S. on a visa (F1 or J1) that includes automatic work authorization at the institution they attend. Please contact the International Services Office (ISO) to make sure this is the case for you before applying to jobs. There may be additional restrictions on your employment due to visa regulations. It is your responsibility to fully understand how your visa status affects your employment options.
Students under 18 will need a DC Work Permit before beginning work. Instructions and the work permit application form, instructions will be sent in the onboarding part of the hiring process.
Student Employee Professional Expectations
Limitation to Student Positions
Types of Positions: Individuals may not hold a student employment position while they are hired into a full or part-time benefited staff position, or non-student temporary staff position, and may be fully or partially limited in holding a student employment position while being hired into a GA or GRA position.
Student Employment at GW does not refer to full-time, part-time, or internship opportunities at external organizations or jobs through University Human Resources or Graduate Student Assistantships & Fellowships. Please contact those departments for more information about available opportunities.
Tuition Benefits or Stipends: Student employee positions are not eligible for tuition benefits or stipends as a form of compensation or work performed.
Working Internationally: GW is a U.S.-based entity and therefore expects and requires that student employees be on campus or performing duties at an approved U.S. location. Due to international tax and compliance issues, GW is not able to directly employ students into positions who receive compensation through the GW Payroll Office if they are physically located outside of the United States.
Former GW Student Employees
If you or your future employer need proof of your employment. GW uses a service called Work Number to provide this information. The person requesting the verification will need the following information:
- Your Social Security Number
- The George Washington University Employer Code: 14290
- The Work Number access options for verifiers: The Work Number or 1-800-367-5690
Contact HRIS at [email protected] with any questions about employment verifications.
Listing Your Position(s) at GW on a Resume or Application:
Sometimes the start and end dates and job titles that are listed in Banner are different from what you may have on record. To avoid confusion with background checks and employment verifications in the future, please consider:
- Obtain your employment history from BanWeb (under “Employee Information”) now. Retain a copy of all start and end dates, official position title(s), hourly rate(s), and the department’s name(s).
- Provide this official information on your resume and/or application. This is what most background screenings are looking for in a verification. You can also list your “working job title” on your resume. For example, if BanWeb states that you were a “UV Student Assistant II” (your official title), but your department gave you the working title of “Student Communications Assistant.” You can indicate this by using “UV Student Assistant II – Student Communications Assistant.”
- Off-campus FWS employees, remember that you were officially a GW employee and your off-campus site may be unable to verify your position in an official capacity.
How to Contact Student Employment
Student Employment is available by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-994-8046. We are also available for virtual appointments for employers and students; please visit our Support Meeting website to schedule your appointment.