EMPLOYMENT

Student Employment

F-1 Employment Options

F-1 visa regulations allow students to work on campus starting with their first quarter. Off-campus employment is limited to Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training, or Economic Hardship employment authorization. Students must be in good academic standing to qualify for any employment. A U.S. Social Security Card is required for paid employment.

Social Security Application Instructions

ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT

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Work up to 20 hours per week during the quarter and more than 20 hours per week during school breaks.

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No documentation is required from International Center.

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On-campus jobs are posted in Mustang Jobs on the Cal Poly Portal.

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Students can also ask their academic department office for available jobs.

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International students do not qualify for jobs listed as "Work Study."

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Must be paid by either Cal Poly State, Cal Poly Corporation or Associated Students Inc. (ASI) to be considered on-campus employment.


J-1 Employment Options

J-1 visa regulations require students to receive work authorization from the International Center before beginning on-campus or Academic Training employment. A U.S. Social Security Card is required for paid employment

Social Security Application Instructions

ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT

Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Employment can be no more than 20 hours per week, except during official school breaks
  • Employment must be authorized by the International Center prior to the start date
  • Enrolled full-time during fall, winter and/or spring quarters while employed on-campus
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On-campus jobs are posted on Mustang Jobs. Access is available through Cal Poly Portal.

Note: The University Store is owned by a separate company and employment there is not eligible as on-campus employment.

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J-1 exchange students working on campus must complete the J-1 Work Form prior to beginning work.

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Complete the SSN Letter Request Form if you do not have a U.S. Social Security card from past employment in the U.S.


ACADEMIC TRAINING FOR J-1 STUDENTS

Click below for more information about Academic training and how to apply for J-1 student employment.

J-1 Student Employment Information