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Career Services

Job Postings & Student Eligibility

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Student employees are an employment class at Wright State, paid from the university bi-weekly payroll.

On-campus student employment offers part-time positions that do not require a degree and usually do not require a specific major. Student employment positions accommodate a student’s class schedule. Wright State provides equal opportunity.

Career Services administers the student employment job posting, hiring, and termination processes. Hiring departments are responsible for initiating student employment personnel actions; supervision of student employees; assigning, monitoring and approving work hours; compliance with employment law and Wright State policies; and other employment policies and procedures. 

Wright State University staff and faculty tasked with creating job postings in Handshake:
Don't have a Wright State University On-Campus Student Employment account in Handshake? Email your request to career_services@wright.edu

  • Do not submit the request via the Handshake portal.

Student Eligibility

Am I eligible for student employment?

Are you registered for the minimum credit hours?

  • Fall and Spring Semesters: you must be registered for at least the student employment required minimum of six undergraduate credit hours or three graduate credit hours.
  • Summer Semester: you must - at minimum - be pre-registered for the Fall Semester for the student employment required minimum of six undergraduate credit hours or three graduate credit hours.
    • During Summer Semester, to qualify for exemption from Ohio Public Employment Retirement System (OPERS), you must also be registered for the minimum of six undergraduate credit hours or three graduate credit hours for Summer Semester. If your registered hours fall below the required minimum, then you will be enrolled in OPERS; membership contributions will be deducted from your paychecks; the employer contributions will be charged to the employing department. 
  • During Winter Break: you must be pre-registered for Spring Semester for the student employment required minimum of six undergraduate credit hours or three graduate credit hours.

Is it your final semester?

  • If your final semester registration will be below the student employment required minimum credit hours, you may apply for a one-time, one-semester exception. Contact career_services@wright.edu to apply for the exception.

Were you offered a work-study award in your financial aid package?

  • Students who have received a work-study award in their financial aid package must accept their work-study award prior to the hiring process to enable application of the award to their student employment.

Conflict with Graduate Assistant Contract

Students who have an active graduate assistantship contract through the Graduate School are not eligible to be hired for a student employment position.

Students who have an active student employment position may not enter into a graduate assistantship contract.

Whether or not a graduate contract or student employment position is active is determined by the begin and end dates on either the contract or the student employment record.

To terminate a student, student employment supervisors send a termination request to career_services@wright.edu

Maximum Working Hours Per Week (in All Jobs Combined)

Violations of Maximum Working Hours Per Week policy results in termination of student employment. 

Other violations and lack of qualifications may result in termination. Review all pages of student employment policies, procedures and guidelines in the On-Campus Student Employment section of this website.

Additional Information for International Students

Job Classes & Pay Ranges + Chart

For each position created, the supervisor must complete a position description form (PDF):

  • Maintain accurate and updated position description forms (PDF) within the unit files for audit purposes.
  • Duplicate information from the position description in the Handshake job posting and on the student employment authorization form that is submitted with the student's hiring paperwork.

For each position description, the supervisor assigns the appropriate job class and pay rate consistent with the Job Class | Pay Range Chart on this page.

  • Pay rate must remain at the originally assigned rate EXCEPT when the pay rate is minimum wage and the minimum wage increases due to state of Ohio mandate.
  • The pay rate is linked to the position description and may not be adjusted for individual students.
  • Multiple students hired for the same position description must receive the same job class and pay rate.
  • If the supervisor reassigns or promotes a student to a different position, the pay rate for the newly assigned position is linked to that position description and may not be adjusted for the individual student.
    • Reassignments, promotions and other student employment personnel actions require completion of the appropriate personnel action employment grid. Send requests to career_services@wright.edu

Job Class | Pay Range Chart

Basic Level Student Employee | Job Class: 1 | Pay Range: $8.80 (effective 12/26/20)—10.00

  • Minimal (if any) prior knowledge or training required
  • Training provided
  • Routine responsibilities
  • Follow well-defined policies and procedures
  • May have access to confidential information
  • Independent judgment is limited
  • Close and direct supervision

Intermediate Level Student Employee | Job Class: 2 | Pay Range: $10.01—$14

  • Prior relevant course and/or work experience required
  • Assignments require special knowledge or skills
  • Technical or research skills may be required
  • May have supervision responsibilities on a limited scope
  • May have access to confidential information
  • Some independent judgment
  • Moderate supervision provided
  • May require a significant amount of physical exertion, adverse hours, or working conditions

Advanced Level Student Employee | Job Class: 3 | Pay Range: $14.01—$20

  • Requires specific and unique competitive job market skills
  • Completion of specific relevant courses and/or work experience required
  • Assignments require advanced knowledge, skills or abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the job duties
  • May serve as a leader or trainer to student staff
  • May have access to confidential information
  • Independent judgment and decision-making; makes formal recommendations
  • Limited supervision provided; seeks guidance as necessary
  • Extensive problem-solving skills

Highly Specialized Level Student Employee | Job Class: 4 | Pay Range: $20.01+

  • Reserved for highly specialized, technical, or scientific positions
  • Graduate student with earned bachelor's degree or 3rd- or 4th-year undergraduate student with significant equivalent experience with substantially relevant skills required
  • Completion of specific relevant courses and/or work experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the job duties
  • May supervise projects and/or other student staff
  • Independent judgment; makes formal recommendations; uses high-level decision-making
  • Performs complex data analysis and decision-making in design, experimentation, and construction
  • High levels of confidentiality
  • Interpretation of complex policies and procedures
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills
  • Supervision provided as needed

Student Employment Position Types

Regular or Work-Study positions paid by student employment payroll

  • Regular Only position: fully funded by departmental budgets. All students – including students with work-study awards in their financial aid package - may apply to Regular positions.
  • Work-Study Only position: funded in part by a federal work-study financial aid award. Only students who have been awarded and accepted work-study awards in their financial aid package are eligible for Work-Study Only position types. Both undergraduate and graduate students may have work-study awards. Federal Work-Study Program Information
    • Students: notify your supervisor immediately of any adjustment in your work-study award amount.
  • Regular or Work-Study position: funded either fully by departmental budget or in part by federal work-study subsidy, depending on the student’s award status. Open to all student applicants, with or without work-study award.

Assistantships for Graduate Students Only

  • Graduate Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants: For graduate students only. Graduate Assistant (GA) positions may be student employment positions compensated hourly or may be a different kind of employment and compensation. Some GA positions may be posted in Handshake but others may only be discoverable by personally inquiring in the department.

Job Postings in Handshake

On-Campus student employment job opportunities are posted in Handshake by hiring departments.

Students: Find job postings - Log in to your Handshake account

Supervisors: How to Post On-Campus Student Employment Jobs (PDF)

  • When recruiting student employees for any semester, plan to post your jobs in Handshake at least thirty days prior to the intended student employee start date. 
  • For fall semester, newly-admitted students begin reviewing on-campus student employment job postings as early as mid-July.

Students: Search Job Postings and Apply

  1. Did you receive a work-study award? Before applying to student employment jobs, find and accept the work-study award in WINGS > Financial Aid.
  2. Prepare a resume, cover letter and a list of references that can be adapted for each application. For assistance, contact a Career Services Advisor or Career Consultant.
  3. Complete your Student Employment Application Form (PDF) - some job postings require it.
  4. Follow the student instructions to log in to your Handshake account
  5. Inside Handshake, select Jobs.
  6. On the Jobs page, select the filter “On-Campus.”
    1. Do not select the “Work study” filter in Handshake. The job posting Description field should indicate whether the job position type is Regular Only, Work-Study Only, or Regular or Work-Study.
  7. After you select the filter “On-Campus,” Handshake will present a list of on-campus jobs.
  8. If the job interests you and you qualify, follow the application instructions as specified in the job posting.
  9. Monitor your email and phone for follow up messages.
  10. Prepare for an interview.
  11. If you are offered a job and you accept the offer, then the job‘s time card approver emails career_services@wright.edu to request a student employment personnel action to hire you. The time card approver may or may not be the same as the supervisor.
  12. In the hiring process, you will be required to complete employment paperwork – monitor your email for instructions.
  13. You may not begin working until your time card approver receives an email indicating your pay period begin date (first date you may work in the position) and confirming that they may schedule you for work hours beginning on that date.
  14. Stay in touch with the time card approver and supervisor to learn when you have been confirmed to begin working.

Student Employment Paperwork Processing

After the supervisor has made a job offer and the student has accepted:

  1. The time card approver for the position emails career_services@wright.edu to request instructions and required forms.
  2. After submission of all required forms, the supervisor waits to schedule work hours until after the time card approver has received confirmation from Career Services/Student Employment that the student has been approved to begin working. The student's pay period begin date (the first date the student is allowed to begin working) will be included in the confirmation email.

Information related to On-Campus Student Employment includes Job Postings & Student Eligibility, Hiring Process, While on the Job, and Separate, Terminate, Verify Student Employment.

Next: On-Campus Student Employment Hiring Process