Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Washington State University
Academic Success and Career Center Cultivating Successful Scholars and Professionals

Student Employment

Student Employment During Closure

Due to Washington State University’s decision to move all classes online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, The Academic Success and Career Center will also be transitioning to a virtual format. We understand that this is a critical time for student employment job search for returning students, recent graduates and alumni, rest assured we are still here to aid you in your process.  On-Campus and Off-Campus employers continue to post student employment, internships, co-ops and fellowships opportunities through Handshake.

Our dedicated student services are virtual as we continue to offer every student service as before, just in a different format. Our Career Services Team is working behind the scene with employers to keep job postings active and moving forward for your employment needs.  Employers will continue to post positions on Handshake and review applications.  Many employers are moving to online interviews to help during this time of social distancing.  

If you would like additional help moving forward with student employment needs, please contact to schedule an appointment.

How Can I Find On-Campus Job opportunities?

Visit We create an account for all students, all you have to do is log in with your Net ID and password. If you have issues, please contact the student employment coordinator.

Washington State University is committed to ensuring that all students are aware of opportunities that may be available to assist them in reducing their total debt upon graduation. Steady employment is an excellent alternative to loans and our role is to aid in the connection between employers and students so students can finance some of their education expenses while also obtaining valuable work experience.

What can I gain from working for the university? 

  • Professional references for future jobs.
  • Experience working in Higher Education.
  • The ability to work with and learn directly from faculty and staff.
  • A different view and approach to how the campus operates.
  • Transferable skills to discuss in resumes, cover letters and interviewing.

For more information on transferable skills and how to include them on your resume, make an appointment with one of our career coaches.

Above: Hear from Student Employee of the Year nominee Lexi Johnson as she explains some tips that led to her successful job placement after college, all based on her experience as a student employee with dining services.

For many students, employment represents a major contribution toward financing their education. There are jobs available, both work-study and non work-study, ranging in pay, responsibility, and time commitments. It is possible for students who do not receive financial aid due to ineligibility or other circumstances to successfully find employment and pay for many of their educational expenses by working and earning a paycheck.


As you apply for positions on Handshake, please be mindful of possible scams. We manually approve each job posted in the Handshake system to ensure that jobs are legitimate and beneficial opportunities. However, we still urge you to be on guard against possible scammers.

Remember, you should not give an individual sensitive personal information (including bank account information). You should also not deposit a check to your bank account that comes from a person you have only corresponded with online. In particular, you should not deposit a check or accept money from a person who offers to pay you a commission for accepting money transfers through your bank account. In this type of situation, it would most-likely be a scam attempt.

If you ever encounter a job or individual on Handshake that you have questions about or that you think may be fraudulent, please contact us by emailing or calling our office at (509) 335-6000.

We keep a careful watch on all jobs and employers processed through Handshake so we rarely see any scams come through the system. However, please use your best judgement as you apply for jobs online through Handshake as well as on any other jobs sites.

What is work-study?

Work-study positions receive funding from the WSU employer and federal or state funds. Students must complete their FAFSA and be awarded work-study by Student Financial Services

How do I know if the jobs on Handshake are trustworthy?

All jobs and employers on Handshake go through a vetting process  by our office to determine the legitimacy of the post and the benefits to you as a student. However, we still urge you to be on guard against possible scammers. If you ever encounter a job or individual on Handshake that you have questions about or that you think may be fraudulent, please contact us by emailing or calling our office at (509) 335-6634.

What else can I get out of Handshake?

  • Information about events on campus
  • Updates on visiting employers and their planned info sessions and interviews
  • Peer messaging among other Handshake users
  • Q & A: ask students at other schools
  • Employer Reviews: Hear from other students about their work experiences with your favorite companies.
  • Interview Tips: Learn from previous interviewees tips and tricks on what the process was like to interview with specific companies.

On-Campus Employment Tips

While the majority of on-campus jobs are listed on Handshake, occasionally departments will choose to list available positions on their specific departmental websites. To expand your job search it can be helpful to search within each department. Below are some on-campus departments that generally employ a large number of students annually:


University Recreation

Compton Union Building (CUB)

WSU Creamery

Don’t be afraid to get out there and ask departments if they are hiring or plan to hire in the future. Making this connection could potentially increase your chances of finding employment. In addition, if you have a work-study award relay this information to the potential on-campus employer, as it may make a difference in the type of employment opportunities available to you.

Off-Campus Employment Tips

Numerous local businesses use Handshake to advertise their available jobs and hire Washington State University students. Off-campus employers offer employment for students with or without work-study.

If you are new to your campus, you can reference the local Chamber of Commerce in your area for employment information where local businesses may have employment opportunities.

Another useful resource that can aid in your search for an off-campus job is Worksource, Washington’s official site for online employment services . Work Source is an employment search website that lists local jobs, many of which are appropriate for student employees.

Work Source

Eligibility: How Does Work-Study Fit into my Financial Aid Award?
To be considered for work-study a student must have:

  • A valid FAFSA filed on or before the published priority filing date
  • Indicate on the FAFSA he or she is interested in work-study
  • No problems with maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Have at least $4,000 of unmet need-based eligibility

Students will not see a work-study award on their financial aid award letter, but will be notified through a MyWSU portal notice if they are eligible, and included will be a link to the Work Study Authorization Form (WSAF). The student will then need to secure employment and both student and employer will complete their section on the WSAF as soon as possible, as the awarding of work-study funds is made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once funding is exhausted, students and employers will be notified that all awards have been made. A WSAF does not guarantee a student work-study funding. Students seeking work-study after this point will be put on a waiting list in the Financial Aid office and if funding becomes available will be notified via email.


On-Campus Work-Study Employment
Students who use their work-study on-campus work for a WSU department. They get paid by WSU twice per month on the 10th and 25th of each month. Students may have their paycheck mailed or can set up direct deposit with Payroll Services. On-campus employers please refer to the Supervisors Handbook for additional information on employing work-study students.


Links for Additional Information

Current Job Openings


Handshake Demonstrations

For more information or a demonstration of what Handshake can do for you and your students, contact the ASCC.


Employer Resources

Student Employee Handbook

Supervisor Handbook.

Orientation Checklist