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
Work up to 20 hours per week during the quarter and more than 20 hours per week during school breaks.
No documentation is required from International Center.
On-campus jobs are posted in Mustang Jobs on the Cal Poly Portal.
Students can also ask their academic department office for available jobs.
International students do not qualify for jobs listed as "Work Study."
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 employmentSocial Security Application Instructions
- 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
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.
J-1 exchange students working on campus must complete the J-1 Work Form prior to beginning work. This form is found on your International Student Hub.
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
View more information about Academic Training and how to apply for J-1 student employment.