On-campus work can be a great way to get meaningful professional experience in the US. There are lots of options at Boise State University, including the library, the computer center or the housing office, work required by an assistantship, or any other office or academic department. In most cases, if your job takes place on-campus and directly serves Boise State students then it is “on-campus work”. This means employment in the bookstore or cafeteria is acceptable, even if operated by a private commercial firm. If you are not sure about what counts as on-campus employment, please contact International Student Services within the Center for Global Education.
The Career Center has a lot of helpful information about how to find meaningful on-campus work.
If you need assistance with your job search, you can contact the Career Center at (208) 426-5627 between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Once you have a job offer, submit a Letter Request Form to the ISS office asking for a Social Security letter (if you don’t already have a Social Security Number).
Go to the Social Security office located at 1249 Vinnell Way, Suite #101, and apply for a social security number. During the COVID-19 period, you will need to call the Social Security Office (1-855-377-9316) to make an appointment to bring in your documents and your completed application. The Social Security Office may require you to be in the US for 14 days before your appointment date. If you already have a Social Security Number, you may skip this step.
Go to the Human Resources Office in the Administration Building to fill out the I-9 form and the Tax Treaty form. Please take the following documents with you:
Maximum 20 hours per week during Fall and Spring semesters for all jobs combined. For example, you cannot take on additional work if you have a 20-hour per week graduate assistantship.
You can work more than 20 hours per week during holidays like Spring break and Fall break, as well as during the summer vacation if you are eligible and intend to register for the next semester*
You cannot work on campus after you have completed your current program of study. If you would like to work after you have completed your program you should use F1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J1 Academic Training (AT).
If you are working as a Resident Assistant (RA) you may be limited in the additional work that you can take on-campus. Please consult an ISS advisor before accepting additional on-campus work.
* If you are moving between degree programs at Boise State University then you must have the I-20 or DS-2019 for the new program to be able to continue working on campus. Also, if summer is your first semester in a program then you are limited to 20 hours of work per week.
Please check with ISS if you have any questions about your eligibility to do on-campus work.