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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.
For those looking for OPT jobs check out the site below:
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:
Disability Internship Resources:
General Internship Search:
International Internship Search:
California Community College Registry
Chinese American International School
San Francisco Unified School District
Hospitality, Hotel and Tourism:
Hospitality Online – hub for hotel and resort jobs in San Francisco
BlueShield - 10-week Summer Internship
Enterprise Holdings - Management Trainee positions & Internship Program
Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits - Internship & Full-time Positions
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 at Safeway stores such 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
Remote.co - 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 foreign language, musical instruments, or singing
Tutor.com - 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:
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—just 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’s 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