On-Campus employment FAQ
- What types of employment are available at BGSU?
- How do I get a job?
- What documents do I need to work on campus?
- Am I limited to certain types of jobs?
- How many hours will I work?
- How much do BGSU students earn, and how are they paid?
What types of employment are available at BGSU?
Students work in nearly every academic department, administrative office and auxiliary area on campus. Jobs are also available in areas that support the daily operation of the University, such as Dining Services, Facilities Services, and in residence halls.
How do I get a job?
Job vacancies are posted in WorkNet, which can be accessed through your MyBGSU portal. Students create a WorkNet profile and then run searches against the database of job vacancies. Job vacancy listings include a description of the job, the department, the skills required, the work schedule, the rate of pay, and a contact person. Based on your interest, qualifications, and schedule, you call or visit the contact person to arrange an interview. You may interview with more than one employer before accepting a job offer. Once hired, you and your employer will complete a hire form. You then take your hire form to Student Employment (along with the documents described below) and complete the rest of the hiring process. Student Employment will notify your employer when you are "cleared to work." You then can begin working, according to the schedule arranged with your new supervisor.
What documents do I need to work on campus?
In order to work on campus, you will need to provide proof that you are eligible to work in the U.S., complete tax forms, and decide whether or not you wish to participate in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement (pension) System. In order to comply with Immigration and Naturalization Service requirements, most students provide a passport, OR an original birth certificate or social security card (unlaminated) AND photo identification such as a driver's license or student identification card. Photocopies are not acceptable.
You will also enroll in direct deposit so that your paychecks will be electronically transferred to your bank account. Direct Deposit forms are completed at the time students complete their other payroll documents (and prior to beginning work). To complete the form (available when you complete the hiring process), you must indicate the financial institution and the account to which you would like your check deposited:
To have your paycheck deposited into a checking account, write VOID across a blank check from your checkbook and submit it with the direct deposit form.
To have your paycheck deposited into a savings account, provide your bank’s/credit union’s nine-digit routing number on the direct deposit form. Contact your financial institution for your nine-digit routing number.
Am I limited to certain types of jobs?
Job vacancies are noted as either Federal Work Study (FWS), Regular Employment, or either. Regular jobs are open to any eligible BGSU student. If you have FWS eligibility, you can work at a FWS or a Regular job. Jobs posted as "FWS-ONLY" require that you must have FWS eligibility to accept a position in that department. Some departments hire only students with Federal Work Study eligibility.
How many hours will I work?
Most students work 12-15 hours per week, but it depends on the job and class schedules. Job postings list the exact or total weekly hours required for the job. Some jobs are flexible, others require that you work specific hours or shifts. Jobs are available to fit nearly every student class schedule. Most administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Libraries, computer labs, residence halls, and the recreation center have extended hours, so there are opportunities for evening and weekend employment. During your interview, be sure to discuss the work hours. Once hired, you will arrange your work schedule with your supervisor.
How much do BGSU students earn, and how are they paid?
Beginning hourly wages start at the state minimum wage of $7.85 (as of January 2013) and higher, depending on the job and the duties required. Some positions are paid on a contractual basis. Students typically earn raises for good performance. Students are paid every other Friday (with exceptions for certain holidays). Paychecks are deposited electronically into students’ savings or checking accounts. Students’ paycheck details are available in MyBGSU under Employee Self Service.