Overview and definition

The on-campus employment option is available for J-1 students as long as they are in good academic standing and are enrolled in a full course of study (except during official school breaks). NOTE: J-1 students must receive employment authorization from the Office of Global Services BEFORE they begin and for each position.

If the J-1 student’s program sponsor is not Northeastern University, but an outside organization (such as Fulbright), the student will need to obtain employment authorization from the sponsoring organization.

J-1 students should submit a J-1 On-Campus Employment Authorization request to the Office of Global Services (please refer to the Application Process and Approval Section). The Office of Global Services will issue a letter which can be presented to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Number.

Policies

  • J-1 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 summer vacation
  • The employment can be authorized up to 12 months at a time
  • On-campus employment authorization is cancelled if student graduates/completes exchange program, fails to maintain J-1 status, or transfers to another school

On-campus vacation working dates

The following programs require students to be enrolled over the summer:

  • College of Engineering: Global Experience Office Non-Degree J-1 Engineering Group Summer 1
  • College of Professional Studies: Global Leadership in Boston (J-1)

Approved on-campus employers

The following 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)
  • Tatte Bakery and Cafe

Unapproved on-campus employers

The following 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.

Application process

If a J-1 student already has a Social Security Number, he/she still needs to request employment authorization from the Office of Global Services by submitting the J-1 On-Campus Authorization Request. The Office of Global Services will issue a letter which can be presented to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Number. Please follow the steps below for submitting the J-1 On-Campus Authorization Request.

2 Office of Global Services will process your request and generate a signed letter.

An Alternative Responsible Officer from the Office of Global Services will process your request and generate and sign a Letter, which you can present to the Social Security Administration to apply for a Social Security Number. An e-mail will be sent to you once the Letter is ready for pick-up. Please note, the processing time for the on-campus employment letter is five business days, so please select a start date that is at least five business days in the future from the date you submit your request. For detailed instructions on how to apply for a Social Security Number, please refer to the Social Security Number instructions.