UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Welcome to UWRF! There are some great advantages to working on-campus, such as:
Accessibility: Getting to work is just a short distance, you won't need a car, unless you work at the Mann Valley Farm.
Flexibility: Campus employers understand your first priority is being a student and will usually work around your class schedule and breaks, and may give you time off for class projects or trips with enough advance notice.
Connection: Campus employment can help with the adjustment to campus life by enabling you to make connections with other students/staff/faculty and boost your overall campus knowledge.
Find Out if You Qualify for Work Study
Work study dollars are awarded through a federal employment program on the basis of financial need. The first step to see if you will be awarded work study dollars is to complete and submit the FAFSA. The federal government will send your FAFSA application to UWRF. UWRF will then determine your eligibility for work study. The campus has a limited number of work study positions; therefore, receiving a work study award DOES NOT guarantee that you will have an on-campus job to earn the amount of money that you were awarded. However, having a work study award can be beneficial since some departments only hire students who have been approved for work study.
What if You Don't Qualify for Work Study?
Many UWRF departments are able to hire student employees who are not awarded work study by hiring them as "Student Assistants." Both work study and student assistant jobs generally pay the same and require the same skill set; the difference is how the positions are funded - for student assistance jobs, the departments pays all of a student's wage, meanwhile for work study jobs, the federal government pays a portion of the student's wage.
When Should I Begin Looking?
Start NOW. Do not wait until classes are in session since many positions will be filled by that time. If you don't get a position for the fall, don't give up. Many departments will also hire for spring semester or summer employment.
How Do I find Openings?
Handshake is our campus-wide electronic job posting system. It lists many on-campus student employment positions. Check the system daily for new job postings.
First Year Students: You can access the Handshake system 24 hours after enrolling in classes using your university W# and password to view employment opportunities. Please DO NOT attempt to create an account before this time as it creates issues with the technology. You can also visit the Career Services booth during the Resource Fair at New Student Registration to see a spreadsheet of available opportunities.
Additional Tips to Find On-campus Employment
Network: Do you know anyone who currently holds an on-campus job? Ask them if their department is hiring.
Conduct Department Search: Call departments you are interested in applying to. Ask who hires students for that department and follow-up via email inquiring about openings.
Visit Departments in Person: Locate and stop into each department you are considering. Introduce yourself to the office manager and inquire about open positions.
Search for on-campus jobs (work study and student assistance) and off-campus jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in Handshake.
Please note: Work study eligibilty is not uploaded into Handshake. If you have work study, please apply for positions despite your profile stating that you are not work study eliigible.
Each position posted will specify work study or student assistance funding (typically next to the job title or in the position descriptiont). If you qualify for work study, you can apply for work study positions or student assistant positions. If you do not qualify for work study, you can apply for student assistant positions.
When hired, your employer will provide any necessary employment documents.
To post an on-campus (work study or student assistance) or off-campus job, or to get more information on recruitment, click here.
Student Employment: When hired, your employer will provide any necessary employment documents.