At UCA, international students are eligible for employment known as 1501 positions. These are positions that are funded by the university and not funded by the US government. International students are not eligible for 1502 positions. Students are limited by law to working a maximum of 20 hours per week during the semester, but may work on campus over 20 hours per week during breaks and holidays including Spring Break, Winter Break and summer vacation. If you do not meet the requirements of your F-1 or J-1 visa status, you will not be able to continue on-campus employment.
The maximum a student can earn by working 20 hours per week is approximately $2000 per semester before taxes are taken out. Although working on-campus can provide money for some expenses, it can not be depended on to cover your educational costs. Furthermore, student worker positions are limited and quite competitive.
The Office of Career Services in Bernard Hall, keeps a list of open positions. You may sign up for their e-mail list so that you can be notified if any positions become available. Please contact the Office of Career Services for more information.
It is up to you to find a job on campus. In addition to checking with Career Services you should also visit departments on campus and ask if they have 1501 positions available and tell them that you would like to apply.
If you submit an application to a department, but they don’t respond immediately, you should check back with them every few weeks or so to let them know you are still interested.
Here are a few departments that often hire international students:
- Aramark (Cafeteria and Food Court in the Student Center).
- Reynolds Performing Arts Center
- HPER Center
- Academic Outreach/Continuing Education
This list does not include every department with 1501 positions, but they will give you a place to start.
Once you find a job, learn how to apply for a Social Security Number.