Student Employment and Volunteering


Employment means the rendering of services on either a part-time or full-time basis for compensation, financial or otherwise, including self-employment.

 any F-1 or J-1 student who plans to engage in an uncompensated role such as volunteering must meet with the International Student Advisor (DSO) at the International Programs Center for review and guidance. Volunteering is strongly discouraged under DHS rules.

To view the different types of employment, please visit the following websites:

New F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training (STEM OPT) extension (Effective May 10, 2016)

Potential Effects for International Students Violating On- or Off-Campus Employment Restrictions

An eligible on-campus employed international student who works beyond 20 hours/week while the University is in session OR an off-campus employed international student who does not have written employment authorization risk violating his or her immigration status.  Potential effects of violating international student immigration status include but are not limited to termination of SEVIS record and the need to regain immigration status through costly and sometimes lengthy procedures.