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Who is eligible for on-campus employment?
To be eligible for on-campus employment you must be enrolled in a full course of study, in good academic standing. You are eligible for on-campus work when you arrive as an F-1 student (no sooner than 30 days before your program start date). Students may work "on campus" up to 20 hours per week when school is in session. You may be employed full-time (more than 20 hours a week) during term breaks, provided you are eligible and intend to register for the next semester. Student's holding an F-1 visa are not eligible to work on campus after completing their degree program, this is often referred to as a "bridge" term.
What counts as on-campus employment?
- Employment on either Hayward, Oakland, or Concord campus (Examples: teaching assistant, student assistant, etc.)
- Work performed on a CSUEB campus for a commercial firm providing direct services to students (Example: Dining Commons, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Taco Bell, Starbucks, etc.)
If you are not sure whether the employment opportunity would meet the definition of “on-campus” employment, please email the job description to email@example.com for confirmation before you apply for the position.
How do I apply?
The majority of departments post their on campus job availabilities on Handshake. Handshake is a job and internship platform for students, accessible via the AACE website or an app (Download Handshake in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching for "Handshake.") All enrolled Cal State East Bay students have access to Handshake using their NetID and password.
If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), you must apply for an SSN in a timely manner before your employment starts. You will be required to take a letter from our office, your job offer letter, your passport, your I-20, and your I-94. If you are a new student, you must have completed Mandatory New Student Check-in and you must wait at least 10 days after arriving in the United States before applying for an SSN to allow enough time for your arrival information to be updated in all government systems.