STUDENT EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER ADVICE
Some positions require a résumé and cover letter. Contact the Career Center for assistance with requirements before applying.
After submitting an application, the hiring department will contact students who are selected for an interview. Official job offers are made after students have been selected for hire.
All student employment opportunities are found in the "Students"portal on Talent Center. Job opportunities vary daily. Each position includes a job description and information on job schedules and how to apply. Some positions require a résumé and cover letter. Contact the Office of Career Development & Placement Assistance for assistance with requirements before applying.
After you submit your application, the hiring department will have immediate online access to your application and will contact you if you are selected for an interview. An official job offer will be made once you have been selected for hire.
The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program is a federally funded financial aid program administered by the University of Pittsburgh and is designed to assist students in meeting the cost of higher education by promoting access to meaningful work experiences. Federal Work Study is awarded to students based on demonstrated financial aid and is limited by availability of funds from the Department of Education. Students may work on campus or at local and eligible non-profit organizations located in Pittsburgh. Visit the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website for more information on eligibility, required hours, pay rates, and guidelines.
No, while many departments hire work study students, many offices and departments on campus offer positions for those who are not work study-eligible. Students can find work study and non-work study positions on PittSource.
Yes. Visa status and treaty agreements stipulate employment eligibility for international students. Most students with F-1 or J-1 visa status are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session.
During the academic year (fall and spring terms), students are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. During breaks and the summer term, students may work a maximum of 37.5 hours per week. Students who are absent due to illness, holidays, or other reasons are not paid or given credit for their time missed. Students are not paid for time taken for meals.
The hiring department decides the pay rate for each employee, though they cannot pay below the federal minimum wage which is $7.25/hr. Students are paid on a biweekly schedule and paychecks are only deposited directly into a checking or savings account.
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Career Consultants are professional staff members within the Career Center who are specialized in helping students with choosing majors; building skills; developing résumés, cover letters, and professional networks; completing applications, applying to graduate and professional schools, and preparing for internships, jobs, and more.
Career Consultants are available year-round for one-on-one appointments.
Students and recent grads may schedule an appointment via Handshake anytime.
The Internship Prep Program (IPP) is a combination of workshops and individual appointments designed to offer individualized support of each student’s internship or experiential learning search. Students who complete the Internship Prep Program and related requirements are guaranteed resources and personalized support while pursing internships or other experiential learning opportunities during their undergraduate career. Students can begin the IPP anytime by scheduling an appointment with the Internship Team in Handshake.
Students who participate fully in the Outside The Classroom Curriculum (OCC) report that they are more engaged in campus life, feel more connected to the University and their peers, and are more knowledgeable about resources and services at Pitt. And, perhaps most importantly, students who complete the OCC feel well prepared in interviews for internships, admission to graduate school, and full-time employment. Employers and graduate school admissions counselors have assured us that the outcomes within the 10 goal areas of the OCC are the specific traits they are looking for in applicants.
Students can meet with Career Consultants to discuss choosing a major and a career path based on personal strengths and preferences. Online assessments and expert advice are combined to provide students with guidance as often as needed. Students and recent grads may schedule an appointment with a career consultant via Handshake anytime.
Handshake is a resource for Pitt students and alumni seeking opportunities worldwide. The Passport Career tool also provides job/internship search strategies, guidance and resources for 75+ countries (250+ cities). It includes a robust database of job/internship opportunities, an H1B database of U.S. employers, and country-by-country portfolios of key content and resources to help you with your career/job/internship interests around the world as well as across the USA.