Employment at a different university or college is considered off-campus employment. You must apply for and receive authorization from the ISSS before you begin any employment activity at a different university or college.

This information is for students who are studying in the United States in F-1 or J-1 status. It covers three subject areas: what you need to do to apply for on-campus employment, where to look for a job on-campus and income tax requirements.

F-1 Transfer students please note: F-1 students maintaining lawful status who plan to enroll at a new school for the next academic term may begin on-campus employment no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of classes at the new school, provided that the new school has issued a new form I-20.

J-1 Students please note: J-1 students need to obtain work authorization in writing from their sponsoring agency before beginning any employment, on or off campus.

What Is On-Campus Employment?

The federal immigration regulation of on-campus employment only allows for work performed on the Binghamton University campus, including work required by a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship. It may also be work done for an on-campus employer who has a contract to provide services to students including OCCT, Campus Pre-School, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and Sodexo Dining Services. 

You may also work at an off-campus location that is educationally affiliated with Binghamton University.  This affiliation must be associated with Binghamton University’s established curriculum or be related to a contractually funded graduate level research project which a program or department at Binghamton University has agreed to perform. Employment at another SUNY school does not comply with the regulations for “On-campus employment.”  Come to the ISSS office and check with us to make sure these conditions are met by the position you are considering.

Limitations for On-Campus Employment:

The maximum number of hours per week you may work from all on-campus employment is 20 hours while classes are in session. An example of this is, if you work 15 hours a week as a graduate or teaching assistant then you can only work 5 hours during that week at another on-campus job.  You may not work 15 hours one week and then work 25 hours another week in the pay period.  You also may not work 40 or more hours during any week but only report it in 20-hour increments. This is a federal regulation, and it is essential that you protect your non-immigrant status by complying with it.

During academic breaks and the summer you can work full-time provided that you intend to register for the next academic semester.

In Order to Apply for On-Campus Employment, International Students Must:

  • Maintain valid F-1 or J-1 status.
  • Register for a full-time course load in their field of study
  • If in J-1 status, have the written approval before employment begins from their J-1 responsible officer. This is the person who represents their J-1 sponsor and issues their DS-2019 form. Go to this link to arrange for written approval if Binghamton University is your exchange program sponsor.

Some Places to Look for Part-Time On-Campus Employment Opportunities:
Please note that inclusion on this list does not mean that the offices are currently hiring students, only that they have previously hired students for part-time positions.

  • Some on-campus employment opportunities are listed on the hireBING Web Site.

Note: International students are not eligible for positions funded by the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program. FWS positions are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, because the Federal government funds these positions.

  • Sodexo Dining Services hires students for positions in the Residential Dining Halls, snack bars, and in the retail establishments across campus. Catering Services hires students to work setting up and serving at special events and banquets. To apply to these positions visit the Sodexo Office now located in Fine Arts 187. Sodexo also offers opportunities to receive scholarships and textbook reimbursements.  For a list of contacts for employment or for more information on employment opportunities, please visit their website.
  • Barnes and Noble University Book Store hires part-time workers for a variety of positions, including cashiers, store keepers, and customer service personnel.  To apply, speak with Stacey Hopko at 777-2745. The bookstore is located in the University Union West (under the clock tower).
  • Computing Services hires students on a part-time basis for a variety of positions, including web developer, ResCons, POD & Help Desk consultants, and network interns. You must have good communication skills in English. To apply online click here.
  • University Libraries has a very limited number of positions on the temporary service payroll. To apply online visit their website. The Bartle Library is located next to the Lecture Hall.
  • Audio-Visual Services hires students to assist with maintenance, delivery, and setting up of equipment on campus, and with addressing technical problems in the classroom. Located on the ground floor of the Lecture Hall Building, Room B48.  Speak with Calvin Larrabee at 777-5505.
  • The Languages Across the Curriculum Program (LxC) hires a limited number of graduate students who are fluent in languages other than English to lead weekly study groups on discipline-specific topics using reading materials in the target language.  Located in the Hinman Classroom Building, 2nd floor, Room 209. For more information, check their website.
  • The Undergraduate Admissions Office hires students as tour guides. We are interested in students that are outgoing, friendly and must be fluent in English.  Tour Guide applications are available in September and February for hire the following semester. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Academic A (or) contact Joe Tiesi at jtiesi@binghamton.edu for information regarding the position.
  • Off-Campus College Transport (OCCT) hires student drivers for the OCCT (blue) buses. Application Forms are available at OCCT Office, 2nd Floor of the New Union (UUW 208C). For information regarding training to be a blue bus driver visit the OCCT website: under Train to be a bus driver.
  • Campus Recreation hires lifeguards (must have Red Cross certification) and other workers for various positions.  Applications are accepted during the semester before work begins.  Go to the East Gym for more information or check their student employment web page.
  • The Office of Campus Life hires students for a variety of positions. Drop by their office during the first week of classes to check available positions.  Located at Old Union (UU145).  Hiring generally takes place early in the spring semester to fill positions for the following academic year.  Beginning February, applications are accepted for the position of Orientation Advisors for the university-wide new student orientation program during the summer.  For more information contact Marsha at 777-2811. 
  • The University Union hires students for a variety of positions. Located at the University Union West, Room 205, 2nd floor of the University Union West. Hiring generally takes place in the spring semester to fill positions for the following academic year. Beginning usually end of March/beginning of April, applications are accepted. For more information, contact the office at (607)777-3300. 
  • Residential Life hires students for Resident Assistant and other positions.  Hiring generally takes place early in the Spring semester to fill positions for the following academic year. Visit the office of Residential Life, College in the Woods Center Building 2nd Floor (TU213). Website: http://reslife.binghamton.edu
  • Other offices may hire students on an occasional basis.  Watch for advertisements in Pipe Dream, announcements on B-Line (the daily electronic newsletter for BU students) or visit an office where you would like to work.
Income Taxes and International Students:

All international students studying in the United States must file a federal and state tax return if you have earned income. This handbook includes information on federal and state income tax rules for F-1 and J-1 students. You can also find additional information on taxes by visiting our web page, http://www.binghamton.edu/isss/   Please review this information carefully. We have included examples of the forms you will need to fill out to work on campus.  These forms include: a W-4 tax document, an IT-2104 form and an I-9 form which anyone working in the United States fills out for each new job they start.

If you have questions about on-campus employment, please call our office at 777-2510, visit us during walk-in advising hours for more information or email us at intl.work@binghamton.edu.                                                                                                              

Last Updated: 4/12/16