At PSU, it is the student’s responsibility to contact departments and secure employment. If you are interested in working on campus, it’s important to initiate your job search early. We suggest that you look over the lists below and determine which potential jobs or employers may coincide with your past experiences and/or future objectives. If you are awarded federal work study money through your financial aid award, we strongly suggest you begin your job search as soon as your award is determined.
TIPS FOR SECURING EMPLOYMENT
- Start your job search as early as possible; don’t wait until after the semester has started.
- First impressions matter! A friendly, in-person visit or personal phone call makes a much better impression on prospective employers than a mass email.
- Check with departments within your major, minor, or area of interest.
- Check with campus contacts that you may already have: professors, coaches, orientation leaders, administrative personnel, etc.
- Be prepared! Bring a copy of your class schedule and make a note if you expect changes in your class times.
- Have information regarding past experience available, if requested.
HOW TO FIND A JOB
- Search our Open Job postings
- Contact individual hiring departments
- Look into paidCommunity Service positions
Please note that not all departments list open job opportunities through our website. Therefore, you may want to contact individual departments to determine if they have an opening they have not advertised. Keep in mind that contacting a potential hiring department does not guarantee an available position within that department; nor does applying for any specific position guarantee that you will be hired. All hiring is done at the individual department’s discretion.
If you are hired you have a responsibility to your employer. If your work schedule does not coincide with your academic schedule, please be sure to let your employer know; your first responsibility is academics.
What documentation is needed to begin work?
- I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification): This form requires you to present one or two forms of identification. All ID must be original documents and not photocopies.
- W-4 (Federal Tax Withholding)
ALL students who work on campus must complete these forms prior to beginning work. These documents will be requested by the department for whom you are working at the time you are hired. We highly recommend that if intending to work on campus, you bring appropriate identification with you to prevent delays in starting work. Please note that all addresses on Federal forms should reflect your permanent address and not your campus address.
What information do I need after I’ve begun work?
Your direct supervisor should be your first place to start with any employment questions, but below is some basic information you may need regarding pay entry, paychecks and other employment information. You may also wish to visit PSU’s Human Resources webpage for Student Employees.
General payroll information can also be found on the HR website. However, if you have any specific questions or concerns about your payroll or paycheck, they should be brought to your direct supervisor first.