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The Office of Student Employment is here to support students in their efforts to pursue and to succeed in meaningful, academically relevant college work experiences. We offer both in-person and virtual services to help you wherever you are in your part-time job search. Please check out our steps below that include information via videos and frequently asked questions for a successful employment experience at IU Indianapolis.

10.15/hrThe minimum on-campus wage

$11.65/hr.The average rate for undergraduate students working on campus in 2020–21

9.5The average number of hours per week that students worked on campus in 2020–21

Getting started

Check out the videos below to get a quick introduction to our office and get some additional information on the benefits of work.

Description of the video:

SPEAKER 1: Welcome to the Office of Student Employment. Find us in University Tower, Suite 202, on the second floor. We are here to help you with all things related to the part time job search and preparation process.


Whether you are looking for part time opportunities now or trying to get ahead for the future, we are here to help you be successful. We can help you create a resume or cover letter, answer any questions you have about work study, provide strategies to help you stand out from other candidates, and assist you with the job search process.


You may also see us around throughout the year as we host various events, such as the part time job fair that is coming up on September 2nd. You might also find us leading presentations in one of your classes, or highlighting students around campus through our featured Student Employee of the Month Program, and our podcast called The Learning and Earning Podcast .


One of the main things we assist with is the job search process. We are always happy to help students navigate our job search platform, Handshake. That way you can find all kinds of jobs for Jags. Feel free to reach out if you need assistance, or you can visit our website at employment.iupui.edu. And check out our search the Job Board page to find all kinds of helpful resources, as well as a full tutorial to help you jump right into Handshake and get started.


Not sure how to connect with us? Well, our office is available Monday through Friday during normal business hours to support undergraduate students, both virtually and in person. Feel free to give us a call, send us an email, or take advantage of meeting with a staff member for all of your job search needs. We offer 15 minute drop-ins, as well as 30 minute appointments to help you one-on-one.


Don't have time to meet with a staff member? You can submit your resume or cover letter for online document review, and we will send it back with feedback within three to five business days. Remember to check out our website for more great resources or for more information about how to stay connected with us. Speaking of staying connected, don't forget to find us on social media, @jobsforjags.


Don't be shy. Feel free to stop by. Let us know how we can help you. And see you soon, Jags.

Description of the video:

SPEAKER: Let me guess. Right now you're probably wondering if you can handle balancing work and school. It isn't unusual for our office to receive these questions. But there are many wonderful benefits of working during your college experience that you may not have considered yet. Let's get the obvious benefit out of the way first. When you work, you make money. It never hurts to get a little extra cash in your pocket. And if you are thinking about working on campus, the minimum wage is $10.15 an hour. So you'll never make less than that.


Students who work on campus are also exempt from FICA taxes. So that means you get to keep even more of the money you make. Speaking of working on campus, I'm sure many of you are considering this option, especially if you have a work-study award. You can use your work-study award in pretty much all on-campus positions and even in quite a few off-campus positions called community-work study.


On-campus supervisors also know and respect that you are a student, first and foremost, and are always willing to work with you to ensure that you have time to study. You can work up to 29 hours a week, but most students work an average of about 11 hours a week. So you'll have plenty of time to study. Regardless if you plan to work on campus or off, all work experience is still experience.


Working helps you build your resume, providing you with skills that are in high demand from employers, such as communication, problem solving, and teamwork. Additionally, working is going to help you meet lots of different people, and networking is crucial to the job search at any stage of your career. No matter where you work or why, you'll find that there are huge benefits to being a student employee.


And remember, you always have our office in your corner to help you determine if working is right for you and what your next step should be. But, let's help you take the next step. Connect with us at employment.iupui.edu to learn more about where student employment can take you.

Step 1: meet OSE

Interested in how OSE can assist you in finding meaningful work opportunities? See more information below about us and our services.

We are located on the second floor of University Tower, right next to the Den in Suite 202.

Please note that we are currently working in the office and are offering in-person drop-ins, as well as in-person and virtual appointments to students.

Our hours are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. If you miss us during those times, feel free to send us an email at future@iupui.edu, and we'll get back to you within 48 hours.

If you are currently enrolled, you can schedule an appointment. You can also give us a call or stop by our office to schedule an appointment. For more information about the services we provide, visit our services page.

Our office is happy to offer virtual appointments for students who are not on campus; additionally, students can submit their resume or cover letter for online review without needing to schedule an appointment. However, students should expect a longer turnaround time on feedback, and those who have never created a resume or cover letter should schedule time to meet with us to get started.

No, we do not offer job placement. All positions must be acquired through applying, interviewing, and receiving/accepting a job offer. This process is more authentic to a standard job search, and as a result, students are more prepared to seek a full-time position after graduation.

Step 2: learn about work-study

Wondering what work-study is and how that relates to your experience at IU Indianapolis? Check out our common questions below and check out the video to learn more.

Work-study is a federal form of financial aid that provides students the opportunity to earn additional money through part-time work. This money can only be earned from working in qualifying positions.

You can find out if you have work-study funding by going to One.IU.edu and logging into your student center to view your financial aid breakdown. If you have a work-study award, it will be listed with the other forms of financial aid you have along with the amount of funding you have received. 

Remember that you have to accept the award if you want to use it.

Work-study funds have to be earned by working in a qualifying position. While 75% of your paycheck will come from your work-study funds, the remaining 25% of your pay comes from your employer, so you will receive the money in your bi-weekly paycheck.

No, your work-study funds will be given to you as you earn them in your bi-weekly paycheck. You can use this money however you want and are not required to use it for educational purposes.

Some students do still qualify for work-study funding even if they did not request it on their FAFSA. You can check in with Student Financial Services to see if you are eligible to receive work-study funding. 

There are work-study opportunities available off and on campus! Both can be found on our job search platform, Handshake. When you search for work-study positions, be sure to check the "work-study" box under "all filters." Then, you'll find positions located on campus and from our community program.

Note: You’ll have to accept your work-study award before you'll be able to see work-study positions.

Don't see what you need? Check out our work-study resources or contact fwsjobs@iupui.edu for more assistance.

Step 3: find a job

Interested in working while being a student at IU Indianapolis? See some common questions below about work experience.

Once you have enrolled in classes, you can access our online job board on Handshake, where you can find a variety of jobs for Jags (including on- and off- campus positions and other positions from the Indianapolis area, as well as other states). For more tips on navigating Handshake, check our job searching resources.

Additionally, keep an eye on updates for the fall Part-Time Job Fair! This is a virtual event to help you connect with on- and off-campus employers face-to-face. Many students obtain employment as a result of attending this event.

While not normally the case, due to a hiring freeze at IU Indianapolis, currently only work-study-eligible students are able to obtain an on-campus position. Once the hiring freeze is lifted, all students should see an increase in campus positions to which they can apply.

Check our home page regularly for updates regarding the hiring freeze.

You will need to enroll in classes before you will be given access to Handshake. Your access will be set up 24 hours after your course enrollment. Once you have access, you will use your IU username and passphrase to log in.

You will need a resume to apply for most jobs on Handshake and definitely any on-campus positions. Some jobs may also require additional documents, such as a cover letter, class schedule, etc. Currently, on-campus employers will also require a Financial Aid Notification (FAN) document to verify work-study eligibility. The quick steps to find your FAN are:

    1. Log in to your Student Center on One.IU
    2. Click on the Financials section to view the drop down menu
    3. Click on View Financial Aid and click on the 2022–2023 Aid Year for IU Indianapolis
    4. Take a screenshot/screen clipping of your fall and spring financial information to confirm that you have accepted your work-study award
    5. Upload the images to a Word document and print (if necessary)

If you do not see a work-study award, go back to the Financials drop-down menu and click on Accept/Decline Awards. Here, you will be able to accept your work-study award. If you do not see work-study there, then you have not been awarded with work-study this year. However, you may still contact the Office of Student Financial Services to see if you are eligible for work-study funding.

Feel free to reach out to our office if you need assistance building or updating your resume or cover letter or getting your hiring documents together.

It's never too early to get started in your job search. There is usually an increase in postings in August in preparation for the fall semester. However, positions will be posted throughout the summer for the fall.

Though there are always on- and off-campus jobs being posted, the numbers will steadily decrease throughout the fall semester. If you would like to work once classes start, don't be afraid to start applying even if you are not on campus yet.

If you are seeking on-campus positions specifically, it should be noted that only work-study-eligible students are being hired in on-campus jobs at this time. This is due to a hiring freeze at IU Indianapolis. Once the freeze is lifted, all students will see an increase in campus positions to which they can apply.

Job searching FAQ

See additional information below on common questions that students have when wanting to find a job.

There are a variety of part-time jobs available on campus, from front desk positions all the way to internship opportunities. You can see what jobs are currently available by logging in to Handshake or checking out our live position ticker here.

The on-campus job search is fairly competitive. Students who utilize our office to assist in their job search tend to be more successful finding an on-campus position than those who do not. We are happy to help you as many times as you need to ensure you are successful in your job search.

Many students feel concerned about taking on too much during their first semester, but many first-year students report that working while attending classes helped them adjust to college much faster. Working can help you meet other students, find a routine, and learn how to manage your time more effectively.

On-campus positions are willing to work around your class schedule, and many of them are willing to work with you to help you find the number of hours that works well for you. The average number of hours that students work each week on campus is 11, and you cannot work more than 29 per week.

However, we also know that working is not the right choice for every student. We are happy to talk with you more about your specific concerns and help you determine if working is the right choice for you.

While there are a few positions that may allow for remote work opportunities, this is not the norm for most on-campus employment positions. It is important to read the job description for mention of remote work options and is a great question for the interview as well.

Yes, you can! However, you cannot work more than 29 hours a week in all combined positions on campus. You will need to work with your supervisors to ensure that you do not exceed this maximum.

You don't! All students are welcome to apply for positions on campus.

Have more questions? Check out Search the Job Board for a variety of resources and FAQs to assist you in finding jobs for Jags.

Have more questions? Connect with the Office of International Affairs for more information related to the international student experience.

Orientation resources

Need more information about getting started at IU Indianapolis? You can visit the orientation home page to find additional resources.

Contact us

Our office is ready to serve your part-time employment needs throughout the academic year. Contact us for an appointment or drop in to see how we can help you find a beneficial employment experience that will connect to your interests and provide unmatched experience. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

Location: University Tower, Suite 202
Email:  future@iupui.edu
Phone: (317) 274-0857