Student Employment

Research shows that students who work while attending school generally have higher grades, graduate faster and more easily find jobs after graduation. Student employment also helps students make connections that will get them through their first year in a more successful and positive manner.

As a student worker, you can gain experience in your field of study at Plymouth State University or in areas of personal interest. Hiring departments understand that education is the top priority and are flexible in working around student schedules. For these reasons, as well as for the financial benefits, we encourage students to consider on campus employment.

Finding A Job

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.

  • Search our “Help Wanted” Ads (Please be sure to check Work Study to find FWS Positions.)
  • Contact individual hiring departments 
  • Look into paid  Community Service positions
  • 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.

Federal Work Study

The federal work study program provides access to jobs for undergraduates who have demonstrated financial need as determined from the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal work study awards will be listed as a separate item on the financial aid award. The work study program is designed to help eligible students meet the costs of higher education by allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages work related to the student’s course of study and community service work.

  • Pay rates begin at $8.25 and are assigned by the supervisor. Pay rates are in compliance with Federal and State minimum wage requirements.
  • Earnings from the federal work study program are taxable.
  • Student workers are paid by the hour and paychecks are distributed on a bi-weekly schedule.
  • Earnings are paid directly to the student and will not be applied to the bill.
  • Direct deposit is available if you wish to have your paychecks automatically deposited into your checking or savings account.

Note: The bookstore and dining services are owned and operated by outside agencies; therefore, federal work study may not be used.

Student Hourly

Even if you do not have federal work study, there are still employment opportunities available to you on campus. Plymouth State University hires many students on the student hourly program. Pay rates are the same as for federal work study and are assigned by the supervisor.

Community Service

PSU encourages students to participate in community service activities. Several paid, community service federal work study opportunities are available through the Office of Community Impact located on the second floor of the Samuel Read Hall Building. If you have been awarded federal work study and are interested in working with a community service organization, please contact Casey Krafton at 603-535-3274.

Academic and Career Advising Center

PSU also has opportunities for students to gain experience in their fields through internships. For more information about internships available and other off-campus opportunities for current or graduating students, please visit the Academic and Career Advising Center's webpage