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Many international students at WKU earn income by working on-campus. On-campus employment refers to any job on campus in which you are paid by Western Kentucky University. Exceptions to the requirement that you be “paid by WKU” exist for companies that operate on campus and provide a service to students. One example is Aramark Company that provides food services on campus.  

Although you do not need to be given special authorization to work on campus, our office will need to provide verification of your F-1 status and eligibility to work to your on-campus employer. This means that you must be maintaining your F-1 status and have a valid I-20. You cannot start to work on campus until you complete the appropriate process with the ISSS and are cleared by Human Resources to work.

You must:

  1. Be enrolled as a full-time student during the fall and spring semesters.
  2. If under-enrolled, you must have an approved RCL for the semester you are working
  3. Work no more than 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
  4. Work more than 20 hours per week only during official university breaks (summer break, winter break and spring break).

Your 20-hour weekly maximum is a combined total for all on-campus jobs you have. Hours may not be averaged over a period of time.

The Student Employment Office on campus provides a current list of available on-campus positions. 

Another on-campus job option is the WKU Restaurant Group. In addition to regular wages, student employees in a WKU Restaurant Group unit also qualify for an added benefit - meal privileges. Students can work on-campus, keep their parking space, and enjoy free meals when they are working.

You can also visit campus offices and departments and to deliver your resume and ask about any available positions.

The Advising and Career Development Center offers lots of helpful resources such as resume reviews, interview tips, advising sessions with career counselors, job fairs, workshops and resources about resume writing, interview skills, networking, and many other employment-related topics.

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 Last Modified 3/25/21