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On-Campus Jobs

Securing an on-campus job is a great way to build work experience while attending school. In addition to the experience you will gain while being in school, on-campus roles can help you financially and professionally. There are multiple employment opportunities available for SF State students all over campus. While most on-campus positions are posted on Handshake, keep an eye out for jobs posted physically on bulletin boards around campus or talk to specific departments.

For student employment opportunities, check out these resources below:

  • Student Assistants: This on-campus work program offers students the chance to explore and develop career related skills and gain professional experience. Anyone who is registered as a student at SF State and is in good academic standing may be eligible to work as a Student Assistant.

  • Instructional Student Assistants / Graduate Assistants / Teaching Associates:¬†Instructional Student Assistants (ISA), Graduate Assistants (GA), and Teaching Associates (TA) assist professors with research, teaching, facilitating group discussions, grading papers, and tutoring.

  • Associated Students:¬†Variety of positions available

  • Campus Recreation: Variety of positions available

  • J. Paul Leonard Library:¬†Variety of positions available

  • New Student Orientation Leaders:¬†Lead summer orientations for new students

  • Resident Advisors: Develop residential communities for on-campus students

  • Peer Tutoring:¬†Tutor or mentor your peers both in and outside of the classroom

  • Writing Center:¬†Help students on a variety of writing assignments

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded financial aid program. It increases available part-time employment for students who need financial assistance while giving them the opportunity to gain practical work experience. Those who wish to work in the work-study program must be approved by the Financial Aid Office prior to being hired. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

It is possible for international students who are visiting on an F-1 or J-1 visa to work on campus. International students can work no more than 20 hours a week during the school year and 40 hours a week during the winter, spring and summer breaks. To apply for an on-campus job international students should go through the regular hiring process.  

F-1 and J-1 students should follow the "Applying for On-Campus Employment" instructions posted at 

For those looking for OPT jobs check out the site below: My Visa Jobs 


Search for an On-Campus Job using Handshake:

  • Go to:‚ÄĮ¬†¬†

  • Click on the blue button that says¬†Current SFSU Student Login¬†¬†¬†

  • Enter your credentials for SF State Global Login and click on ‚ÄúLogin‚Ä̬†¬†

  • Complete your profile*it is recommended that you upload your resume first as it will populate items in your education, work and other sections*¬†¬†

  • Click on¬†Jobs¬†and then select¬†All filters¬†

  • Under Job type, choose¬†On-Campus

Another resource may be friends who may already be working on campus. They may be able to help you learn about jobs in the departments/offices where they presently work. 

You may also look on department websites to find on-campus jobs. 

Please note that inclusion on the above list does not mean that the offices are currently hiring students, only that they have previously hired students for part-time positions. 

Once you receive a job offer from a campus department you must complete the I-9 process.

***STUDENTS MAY NOT BEGIN WORK UNTIL AFTER the I-9 Verification has been completed AND the completed Student Hiring Packet has been submitted to Human Resources through DocuSign.*** 

Your I-9 documents can be verified in-person only: 

Students should request an appointment for¬†I-9 verification via email¬†(¬†from their SFSU Email address to request an appointment for I-9 Verification ‚Äď they must include first and last name, student ID number, SFSU Email address, date of birth, hiring department, and desired start date. The student will be sent a link to set up their Tracker I-9 account before they bring their documents to show in-person at the SFSU Parking & Transportation Office.¬†

US Customs and Immigration Services list of acceptable documents. 

If a student has already completed an I-9 verification because they have worked with a University employer before, and the student's service indicator in Student Center shows their I-9 Verification is current, they DO NOT need to complete a new I-9 verification. Students who might need to complete a NEW I-9 verification include International Students, Permanent Residents and those with an Employment Authorization card depending on their respective end dates which can be found listed in their Student Center.  

International Students in F-1 and J-1 Visa Status 

F-1 and J-1 students should follow the "Applying for On-Campus Employment" instructions posted at 

Required Forms that must be completed (you will be sent these in DocuSign) 

Getting Paid 



An internship is a valuable, on-site work experience directly related to your career interests and major field of study. It allows you learn about the demands and requirements of a profession and industry under the direction of intentional learning goals. An internship can be paid, un-paid, or taken for academic credit, and can take place during the academic semester or in the summer.


  • You can gain practical experience and develop marketable job skills in your chosen career field

  • It helps you to clarify your personal career goals and work-place preferences

  • You can interact with qualified and experienced professionals in your field

  • It allows you to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to on-the-job experiences

  • You can make important contacts in the professional world that may lead to future job offers

Academic internships allow you to earn academic credit while gaining work experience through community engagement.  Through community engagement the university works collaboratively with community-based organizations to address issues important to the well-being and lives of community members, the outcomes of which benefit the common good and create positive systemic change. 


These internships require tuition payment in the same way as with other academic courses.  They are an effective way for you to gain work experience in your field of study before graduation. Visit the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement website to learn more.


International students with F-1 visa status must be authorized by the Office of International Programs (OIP) and complete the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) in order to participate in an academic internship. Other non-immigrant visa holders (i.e. H-4, J-2, etc.) must adhere to their visa regulations. 

For housing and/or disability resources, please check out the links below:


Intern Housing Resources:

Intern Housing
SF Homestay
Student Housing


Disability Internship Resources:

Ability Corps

Please see our Job Search Websites page.


Job searching isn’t easy. National statistics report that it can take up to 6 months for new graduates to find a job. Review the resources below and schedule an appointment with a career counselor to help you along in the process. 


Job Search Checklist  

  1. Make a list of the types of positions and organizations that interest you, and the skills needed for that type of work 
  2. Determine your preferred geographic location‚ÄĒtry to narrow it down to no more than 3 places¬†
  3. Ask a minimum of three people (e.g., supervisors, professors) to serve as references 
  4. Update your resume and cover letter and have it critiqued by CLD staff 
  5. Create or update your Handshake account with relevant information and your resume 
  6. Search and apply for jobs online using various online search tools 
  7. Develop a networking statement or elevator pitch‚ÄĒa concise description of your education and work background and your career goals for the near future¬†
  8. Network with 1) people you already know (friends, family, professors, etc.), and 2) SF State alumni using LinkedIn 
  9. Attend CLD Career Fairs to network with employers and identify job & internship opportunities 
  10. Prepare for interviews using Big Interview, and having your video mock interview critiqued by CLD staff 


Full and Part-Time Jobs

For students or graduates seeking part-time or full-time employment, please check out Handshake for opportunities


In addition, there are there are many job search sites available


If you’re interested in jobs that serve the community, why not consider working or a nonprofit?  Research non-profit organizations and find open positions here on

7-Eleven - Hiring 20,000 employees for 70,000 locations across the U.S.

Ace Hardware - Hiring at various store locations; contact local store directly if you do not see any openings

Amazon - Positions are added and filled frequently, check back regularly for updates

Candor - Find companies that are freezing hiring and still hiring

Cintas - Management Trainee program

CVS Health - 50,000 full-time and part-time positions across the country

Domino's - Open and hiring at various locations

Enterprise - Various positions available

PepsiCo - Hiring 6,000 FT workers across the U.S.

Pizza Hut - Various positions throughout the SF region

Safeway¬†- Various positions‚ÄĮat Safeway stores‚ÄĮsuch as home delivery, retail, and other positions

San Francisco Zoo - Various positions available

Save Mart - Store level and warehouse positions at various locations

Upkey - Offering 1,000 Summer 2020 Internships

Walgreens - Customer service associate roles nationwide

AngelList - Find the best remote work opportunities updated every day

CareerSidekick - The 18 Best Remote Job Boards

Covintern - Collection of remote internships postings from startups and companies

Flexjobs - 50 Fully Remote Companies That Thrive on Virtual Work, Hiring Now

Outschool - Fill the increased demand for online learning by becoming a virtual teacher - Find remote jobs and companies and tips on managing working remotely

Skillcrush - The 25+ Best Sites for Finding Remote Work Online

Take Lessons¬†- Get paid to provide online lessons in such subjects as‚ÄĮforeign‚ÄĮlanguage, musical instruments, or singing - Offers one-to one learning solutions from homework help and tutoring

Virtual Internships - Explore opportunities with 200 companies that provide tasks to help students build skills

Zippia - Guide to Finding Remote and Work-From-Home Jobs

Jobs can be found on many different levels of government: Federal, state, county and city.  Please check out the links below to browse the various open  government jobs:


USA Federal - USA Federal


California State: California State


Bay Area Counties:


City Jobs:

Where are Internships Located?

Internships can be located close to home, near campus, anywhere in the USA or internationally.


What are the Requirements to Earn University Credit?

Getting course credit for an internship is like taking any course for credit. The course will be listed on your transcript showing that you have practical, as well as classroom, experience. The requirement for credit varies from department to department, and is generally determined by your department faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor will determine the amount of credit according to your level of responsibility and the number of hours per week on the job. A faculty advisor will assess your learning and performance and may require that you write a report or provide a critical analysis of a project. The internship must provide you with specific problems to solve and be related to your field of study. 


Is There a Charge for Working as an Intern?

Only internships which are taken for academic credit require tuition payment‚ÄĒjust like any other course. The tuition and charges pay for supervisors, monitoring, evaluation of your work performance and transcript notation. There is no charge for internships¬†not¬†taken for academic credit. In fact, a wage may be required according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Please review the Wage and Hour Division‚Äôs¬†seven-point unpaid intern test¬†if you would like to know more about unpaid internship regulations.¬†The employer should never charge you.


Can I Develop an Internship on My Own?

Career and Leadership Development puts on several career fairs each year both in the fall and spring semesters. We also provide on-campus interview (OCI) opportunities for employers to interview our students on our campus for the convenience of both employers and students. You can arrange your own placement related to your field of study. If you wish to earn academic credit, the internship must be approved before you register for classes. See your department's faculty advisor for more information. If you do not wish to obtain academic credit, have clear goals established with the employer about your work experience and agree to have work experiences that are related to your major.


What is a Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)?

A Cooperative Education Program is another type of program offered by employers that provides paid career-related work experience and offers academic credit. For more information, visit the SF State Cooperative Education Program.


Questions to Consider Before an Internship:

Will I have opportunities to gain practical experience in my chosen field or learn if this area of my major is the right fit for me? 

Will I have an engaged supervisor working with me to create a successful experience based on my internship goals? 

Is there a strong education, research, or project-oriented aspect to the internship? 

Is my position as an intern somewhat independent of established, paid positions within this organization? If the internship is unpaid and you answered no to either of these questions, carefully review the Wage and Hour Division’s seven-point unpaid intern test