On-Campus Employment for F-1 Students


Students with valid F-1 status are eligible to work on-campus at Edgewood College.  During the fall and spring semesters you can work a maximum of 20 hours per week (all positions combined).  During official school breaks (winter, spring & summer breaks) F-1 students can work more than 20 hours per week as long as you plan to enroll as a full-time student after the break. 

Important note about working outside of Edgewood College: F-1 students must apply for and have an approved authorization from the Center for Global Education and the US government BEFORE engaging in off-campus employment, internships (paid or unpaid), or other practical training opportunities.  See the “F-1 Internships & Off-Campus Employment” page on the Center for Global Education website for specific opportunities and eligibility requirements. 


To get an on-campus job, follow these steps:

  1. Look for a job.
    Search for an open position on Handshake, the College’s online career management system.
  2. Apply for jobs.
    Submit an online application for each position you would like to apply for. CGE recommends that you also send an email to the contact person listed on the position description. In the email you can explain why you are interested in the position and briefly describe any special skills and/or experience you have that make you a good candidate for the position. If you have a resume, you can also include that in the email. You may need to participate in an interview as part of the application process
  3. Receive a job offer.
  4. Open a U.S. bank account.
    All students who work on campus will receive their paycheck through an electronic direct deposit into a U.S. bank account. For more information about opening a bank account in Madison, go to the “Money and Banking” section of this website.
  5. Schedule an appointment with the Office of Human Resources (HR).
    As soon as you have been hired for a position on campus, you should email Tracey Long (tlong@edgewood.edu) in the Office of Human Resources to schedule an appointment with HR.  In the email include the following information:
  • Your name
  • Your status as an F-1 or J-1 student
  • The name of the office where you will work. 

*You cannot begin working until you have had a meeting with HR and completed the required employment paperwork.  

  1. Apply for a  Social Security Number. 
    After your appointment with HR,  HR will notify Sara Liang, and she will prepare a letter that you will need to apply for a Social Security number (SSN).  A CGE staff member will send an email to notify you that your letter is ready for pick-up. When you pick up your letter, you will also receive complete instructions on how to apply for a Social Security Card.
  1. Take a copy of your Social Security card to HR.
    Approximately 10 business days from the day you applied for a Social Security number, you will receive your Social Security card.  

*For additional resources about on-campus employment, visit the Student Employment website.