Student Employment


Log into Handshake to begin searching for work-study jobs and non-work-study jobs.  

Student Questions

What documentation do I need to be hired?

There are several different forms of documentation students can use to prove their eligibility to work in the U.S. View a list of acceptable documents that meet federal requirements. It is to a student’s advantage to demonstrate eligibility to work before starting to search for on campus employment. Only original, unexpired documents will be accepted for this purpose. These can be shown to staff in the Payroll Office in the basement of Smyth Hall, Room 40. No student may begin working without proving their eligibility to do so.

How do I find on-campus jobs on Handshake?

All on-campus jobs, both work-study and non-work-study (Regular employment) should be listed in Handshake.

  • Log into Handshake 
  • Click Jobs from the upper menu bar.
  • Click on the on-campus job filter.
  • On-campus jobs will begin to be posted the week of July 13.
  • “Save your search” so that you can get notifications on newly posted jobs. 

Complete the survey to let on campus employers know when you are available to work.

Nearly all on-campus positions are filled early in the fall semester.

What is work-study?

The federal work-study program is a form of need-based financial aid that subsidizes student wages. Many departments prefer to hire students who are eligible in order to take advantage of this subsidy and a few can only hire students who are eligible. 

Each student who is eligible for work-study employment is allocated a certain amount of money that may be earned as part of the program, but not exceeded. If you are eligible you will receive an e-mail message from the Center for Life’s Work that includes the amount of money you may earn and an estimate of how many hours per week you can work on average without exceeding the earnings limit. Eligibility for work-study does NOT guarantee you a job. You must apply and be accepted for an available position.

Work-study provides a paycheck every two weeks, based on the number of hours worked. Because students receive pay directly, work-study does not credit their term bill. See the Nazareth payroll page for the work-study pay rate.

If you are unsure whether federal work-study is part of your package, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 585-389-2310 or e-mail

What is non-work-study?

All on-campus student employment jobs are either supported by work-study or non-work-study funds. Departments that do not solely rely upon work-study will make this known in their job posting listed in Handshake. Non-work-study students should focus on these opportunities. When in doubt, ask the on-campus employer their ability to hire candidates without work-study.  

What if I can't find an on-campus job?

Apply to as many departments as possible to increase the likelihood you will be offered a position. If you have not secured an on-campus job by the end of the first week of classes, make an appointment to talk to your Career Coach as soon as possible. Begin to review part-time off-campus job opportunities that might fit your schedule.

Can I work for more than one department?

Yes, you can string together multiple jobs in different departments, as long as the total number of hours worked does not undermine your academic efforts (While individual circumstances vary, we recommend you not work more than 10-12 hours a week while taking classes).

How do I find other part-time work?

A number of off-campus employers from nearby locations post jobs on Handshake for Nazareth University students. Please meet with your Career Coach for help using Handshake to identify part-time jobs within a reasonable distance of the University. You should take care in this era of Covid-19 to protect yourself by using social distancing and personal protective equipment, just as you would if working on-campus.

What happens when I find a job?

Congratulations on finding a job! You may have some questions relating to the payroll process. Visit Student Worker FAQs on Payroll's website for further information. 

student workers during a phone-a-thon

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