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Student Employment

Student Employment

As a UC Riverside student, you have a variety of opportunities to gain experience and earn money while pursuing your academic goals. There are on- and off- campus opportunities for student employment in part-time, seasonal positions available to you. 

There are many benefits to taking advantage of student employment opportunities during your college career. One of the greatest advantages includes working with employers who have flexible schedules and will work with your academics. You have the opportunity to not only get paid, but also connect with an established network and gain transferable skills to build your resume. For those who choose to work on-campus, you will save travel time and gas money, and deepen your connection and network to the UC Riverside community. There may also be opportunities to work in positions that connect with your career goals and have potential for receiving internship academic credit or research experience. Learn more about your student employment options below. 

The Work-Study Program, which includes the Federal Work-Study Program, is a government funded program provided to students to help aid their academic journey by providing various on- campus and off- campus employment opportunities. Eligible students may use their award by obtaining a Work-Study job at the University or with an approved off-Campus employer. Learn more about Work-Study Program eligibility and important dates and deadlines here.

The Work-Study Program is now offering the Learning Aligned Employment Program (LAEP), a state-funded student employment program that provides eligible college and university students with the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs, while gaining education-aligned, career-related experience. LAEP funds are currently available for on-campus research-based positions. Are you already doing unpaid research? Contact us at to see if your current position could qualify for this funding. Learn more about Work-study Program eligibility and important dates and deadlines here.

Student employment is beneficial for all students regardless of their work-study or LAEP eligibility. We encourage students take advantage of this time to gain valuable UC work experience while earning necessary income to defray educational costs.  There are many departments that hire students outside of the work-study program. Many of these departments recruit through Handshake, and others manage their application process through their own department website. We encourage you to set up an appointment with a Career Specialist to help you learn about all your options for on-campus student employment.  

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