GSAS Compass How To Find an On-Campus Job
Many graduate students are interested in part-time on-campus work to earn extra money, gain relevant skills and experience, or some combination of those factors. At Columbia, there is no centralized resource for finding on-campus employment. If you are interested in finding a part-time job as a teaching or research assistant or in other hourly roles, we suggest using the following resources. Below, find links to job boards and offices that have hired students in the past, as well as suggestions of how to be proactive in your search for an on-campus job.
There are two types of on-campus jobs:
Federal Work-Study jobs are only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have a financial aid work-study allocation. If you are unsure about your eligibility for work-study, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
- Find work-study jobs in the Office of Student Financial Services Federal Work-Study online system.
Casual On-Campus jobs are open to any Columbia student, regardless of financial aid package or citizenship. International students should check with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to learn about rules and restrictions around on-campus employment. Doctoral students should note the limitations on the number of hours they are permitted to work.
To find casual on-campus employment use the following resources:
- GSAS Compass job and internship database: select the “On-campus” filter in the “Position Type” field.
- Careers at Columbia Human Resources portal: select “part-time jobs.” Use keywords such as “student” and “casual” to search for student roles.
- Columbia Center on Global Energy (casual): hires student workers and research assistants. Scroll to the bottom of the linked page to student roles
- Columbia Global Centers: will hire students for summer internships and other roles, visit their website and sign up for their newsletter to be notified of openings
- Columbia Health: Go Ask Alice (work-study and casual): Email your resume and a short statement of interest to the designated contact for administrative or research internships
- Columbia Libraries (work-study and casual) - Fill out an application for a part-time student job and email it to [email protected]
- Columbia University Visitors Center (work-study): Apply online for the Visitors Center as they hire students through the work-study program.
- Community Impact (work-study only): Apply online for leadership, teaching and tutoring, assistantship, development, community outreach, and social services type opportunities
- Data Science Institute's DSI Scholars: The DSI Scholars program matches Columbia students with opportunities to engage in data science related research projects led by Columbia faculty
- Dodge Fitness Center (work-study and casual) - Apply online for summer
- camp, recreational, and marketing opportunities
- GS Academic Resource Center (work-study and casual) - Fill out an application for a tutoring or reading coach position and email it to [email protected]
- Office of Multicultural Affairs (casual) - Email [email protected] in the spring to inquire about graduate assistantships for the following academic year
- Residential Life, CC/SEAS (casual) - Apply online in the spring for graduate hall director positions for the following academic year.
- University Events Management (work-study and casual) - Apply online for event planning and production opportunities
For Teaching and Research Assistant Roles:
- Watch your inbox during the first few weeks of each term for emails from your department and various offices around campus with opportunities.
- Ask your department administrator if they are aware of any opportunities either with faculty in your department or in other offices.
- Contact faculty directly with whom you would be interested in working as a research assistant. In your email, introduce yourself and your research interests, and ask if they might have any need for a research assistant. Keep your email brief and to the point.
- Contact research centers across Columbia to see if they need assistance or hire student researchers. Click here to list of research centers at the University.