On Campus

Students in F-1 or J-1 status are allowed to work on campus (for UNM or an employer that provides services to students such as Chartwells dining services). They cannot work in on-campus jobs after completing their program unless they have applied for another type of employment permission. International students do not qualify for Work Study jobs, but can apply for other types of Student Employment including Graduate Assistantships.


How many hours can students work on campus?

  • Up to 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Note: the week of Spring Break also has a limit of 20 hrs.

  • More than 20 hours per week during the summer and winter vacations (maximum hours allowed is dependent on enrollment in classes, type of employment, and whether the position is a graduate assistantship or student employment).

What should I do before I start working?

All students need to provide the following documents to the Student Employment Office or the Office of Graduate Studies in the case of assistantships, in order to be employed at UNM.

  • Immigration documents (passport, I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94).

  • Hiring paperwork provided by the hiring department.

  • F-1 students do not need special permission from GEO to work on campus. However, they must come to GEO to get the “UNM Employment Verification form” signed if they do not have a US Social Security number (SSN). 
  • J1 students need an employment verification form issued by GEO in order to work on campus and must notify GEO when changing employers.

Other guidelines:

  • If you are a graduate student, you can contact various departments throughout campus for assistantship opportunities. For regular student jobs, see http://stuemp.unm.edu/ for current opportunities.

  • For help preparing for a job and for help navigating the student employment website, please see tips for getting a job on campus.

  • Please see our handout for information and procedures for On-Campus jobs and Assistantships. On-Campus Employment