How does it work?

Student jobs at SMU (Federal Work Study and non-work study) are Direct Hire - students must apply to each job they are interested in, and will be hired directly by a department.

Step 1: Apply for jobs on campus

Check out "Where can I find a job?" for links to the jobs database and departmental resources.
If you are having trouble navigating Handshake, or need some help getting started, visit the Student Employment Office (Blanton 119) for assistance!

Step 2: Interview

Make sure your interview skills and resume are up to date and impressive with help from the Hegi Family Career Center!

Step 3: Accepting a job

  • Your supervisor will help you set up your schedule based on the shifts available and your class schedule
  • Your hiring department will provide you with the New Hire paperwork required from all new student workers (I-9 Work Authorization, W4 Tax Form, Direct Deposit Form)
  • Student workers (including Federal Work Study and all regular work programs) are paid biweekly through SMU Payroll

Step 4: Go to work!

  • Remember, a work study job or regular student job is just that, it's a job! It is your responsibility to learn the position, to show up on time, and to communicate with your supervisor when you have questions or need time off to study or go out of town.
  • SMU student jobs are a great opportunity for you to learn time management, communication and customer service skills, teamwork, and more. If you have a question about your responsibilities, make sure to ask!
  • SMU Student Workers should never be clocked in at work during a registered class time, and all student positions are part-time positions. Please schedule your work hours and class hours carefully to make sure you are balancing all aspects of your University life!