Thinking about working?

Cornell offers a wide variety of part-time jobs.  Cornell does not place students in jobs, as students conduct their own job search.  The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment is here to provide students guidance and information on securing a job - whether on-campus or off-campus - while they attend Cornell.

Working is not required, but working while going to school has multiple benefits.  Students will earn extra money, learn new on-the-job skills (such as time management), build up contacts and references, and increase their marketability for summer and post-Cornell jobs.

To be eligible for student employment, students must be registered full-time in a Cornell degree program, enrolled in classes, be in good standing at Cornell without any holds on their registration (such as bursar, dean's, judicial or Gannett clinic).  A Cornell NetID is needed to access job listings.  All students who meet Cornell's employment eligibility requirements may work at Cornell, regardless of their financial aid status. 

Students will be required to complete a Form I-9, and show original and unexpired proof of their identity and employability to work in the United States, before they start a job.  A list of acceptable documents can be found online at  All student employees, including foreign nationals, must have an official social security number issued from the Social Security Administration.

Individuals are not eligible for employment as a student if they are not registered at Cornell, have graduated or withdrawn, or are on a university or medical leave of absence.

Available jobs can be found:

  • Online through the student jobs database (using an active NetID and password)
  • By speaking with faculty and teaching assistants (many faculty hire students from their classes and never advertise their jobs)
  • By applying directly to departments of interest
  • Posted via paper on bulletin boards and doors
  • At the College Career Office
  • Through newspaper ads