Overview and definition

F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus while attending classes. The work does not need to be related to the student’s field of study. Students must maintain legal F-1 status while engaging in on-campus employment.

On-campus employment includes:

  • Work done in the University library, laboratories, residential buildings, administrative offices, or doing research on-campus
  • Employment with on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as restaurants located in a University-owned building

Policies

  • Students may work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and up to 40 hours per week during periods when school is not in session or during approved summer vacation
  • Graduating students are allowed to work until the official last day of university finals. The dates of the finals period are posted in the Academic Calendar. (Check the calendar to confirm the dates for your school)

Application process

NOTE: If a student already has a Social Security Number and/or another on-campus job, he/she does not need to request an on-campus employment form from the Office of Global Services. In this case, the student can apply for on-campus work directly with the Student Employment Office.

When a student has been offered an on-campus job for the first time, he/she needs to obtain an on-campus employment form from the Office of Global Services if he or she does not have a Social Security Number. This form can be presented to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Number. Please follow the steps below if you have a job offer and need to obtain a Social Security Number:

Application steps

1 Make sure your employer is considered on-campus by the Office of Global Services.

2 Log into myOGS

3 A Designated School Official from the Office of Global Services will review and sign the letter.

An e-mail will be sent to your husky email once the letter is ready for pick-up. NOTE: The processing time for the on-campus employment letter is five business days.

4 Present the letter to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Number.

For detailed instructions on how to apply for a Social Security Number, please refer to the Social Security Number section of the Office of Global Services website.

5 Visit the Student Employment Office to complete the hiring process.

Check the Student Employment Office website for more information.

Summer/vacation employment

F-1 students may work up to 40 hours per week during periods when school is not in session or during summer vacation. Below are the three categories of time when F-1 students are eligible to work beyond 20 hours per week:

  • Between terms or semesters
  • Students may work more than 20 hours per week starting the day after the last day of the final exam period up until the start of the next term/semester
  • Vacation/Break (ie. Thanksgiving Recess, Winter Break/Vacation, Spring Break)
  • Summer is not considered a vacation period under the following circumstances:
    • If summer is the first term of your program
    • If you complete your program during a summer term
    • If your program requires you to take a full course load during a summer term

NOTE: If a student decides to take a class by choice, he/she should still be able to work more than 20 hours per week.

The official start and end date of terms, exams, and recesses are all posted in the Academic Calendar. Check the calendar to confirm the dates for your school.

Approved on-campus employers

The following non-Northeastern on-campus employers have been determined to be acceptable for on-campus employment for international students by the Office of Global Services. Please pay attention to the specific location that is considered on-campus employment. For example, you would be allowed to work at Au Bon Pain in Marino Cent but not at any general Au Bon Pain location.

Approved non-Northeastern on-campus employers:

  • Dunkin Donuts (Shillman Hall)
  • Dunkin Donuts (Richard/Hayden Hall)
  • Caffe Strega (ISEC)
  • Chartwell’s
  • Reprographics (Ell Hall)
  • Wollaston’s
  • Vanguard (Columbus Parking Garage)
  • B.Good (Marino Center)
  • Cafe 716
  • Rebecca’s (Churchill Hall)
  • Chicken Lou’s
  • Subway (Ryder Hall)
  • Ryder Cafe (Ryder Hall)
  • Cafe Crossing (International Village)
  • Kaplan (Belvidere)
  • Tatte Bakery and Cafe

Unapproved on-campus employers

The following non-Northeastern on-campus employers have been determined to be unacceptable for on-campus employment for international students by the Office of Global Services.

Unapproved non-Northeastern on-campus employers:

  • YMCA
  • Amelia’s Taqueria
  • Qdoba
  • Ruggles MBTA Eateries
  • Boston Shawarma
  • Wings Over Boston
  • Conor Larkin’s
  • Chatime NEU
  • University House of Pizza
  • Punter’s Pub
  • New England Conservatory

If the on-campus employer you would like to work at is not listed on either the acceptable or unacceptable list, please contact the Office of Global Services for guidance. DO NOT START WORKING until you receive an okay from the Office of Global Services.