Student Employment

GW students work in a wide variety of positions. Opportunities range from administrative office work, research opportunities with professors, events staffing, technology support, tutoring, marketing, and communications, acting as ambassadors to university departments and programs, and so much more! You may view the student position types used by GW departments in the Student Employment Position Standards & Descriptions document.

In general, international students enter the U.S. on a visa (F1 or J1) that includes automatic work authorization at the institution they attend. Please contact the International Services Office (ISO) to make sure this is the case for you before applying to jobs. There may be additional restrictions on your employment due to visa regulations. It is your responsibility to fully understand how your visa status affects your employment options.

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Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers financial aid to graduate students, including Work Study. 

The Federal Work Study Program is a federally-funded work program that allows students who qualify to earn money while working at a pre-approved organization: GW departments, local nonprofits, government agencies and community service employers. The Center for Career Services offers comprehensive career development, experiential education, and student employment services and resources for GW students and alumni. Please note that the university does not assign students to specific jobs, rather Student Employment within the Center for Career Services maintains online position listings on the Student Employment Talent Management System.

Funding for the Federal Work Study program is very limited. Students are notified only in the case of an award being made. To be considered for Federal Work Study, interested students should complete the Graduate Federal Work Study Request Form. Students must demonstrate at least $5,000 of need and understand that their total loan eligibility will be decreased by the amount of the Federal Work Study award. 

FWS student employees are not authorized to earn more than their allotted FWS award amount during a given school year. Therefore, it is important for students and employers to work together to monitor a student employee's hours.