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Clark’s undergraduate student employment program provides opportunities for you to gain professional experience by working in a variety of departments on campus and in the local community. In these workplace settings, you can make use of your talents while you acquire new skills that will help you prepare for life after Clark.

June: Log into Handshake!

All on-campus employment positions are posted on Handshake, Clark’s job, internship, and volunteer opportunity portal. If you have not already done so, log onto Handshake using your Clark email address and password, and complete your profile this summer. You will not be able to view or apply for on-campus employment without a Handshake account. “Follow” Clark University as an employer to receive job notifications, and check back often through July and August, as more jobs are added daily.

Mid-June through July 1: Begin working on your resume and cover letters

Resumes are required to apply for on-campus employment, and many on-campus positions also require a cover letter. Start working on your resume and cover letter(s) early in the summer to ensure you have enough time to complete your application materials and have them reviewed by the Career Development team before fall on-campus employment positions are posted on Handshake. Click herefor our valuable resources for resume and cover letters!

July 1 through August 9: Upload your resume to Handshake for review

The Career Development team is here to help you make your application(s) as competitive as possible! Upload your documents (resume and cover letter) to your Handshake profile by August 9 to have them reviewed and edited before applying for on-campus employment. Within 1 to 3 weekdays of your submission, Handshake will notify you via your Clark email address once you receive suggested edits from Career Development. Revise your resume accordingly!

Mid-July through late August: Search for and apply to on-campus employment openings

Most departments post their student employment positions on Handshake in mid- to late July and August. Since new positions are posted daily, you will want to check back often to find the on-campus job that best fits your interests.

To find on-campus jobs, go to the “Jobs” tab in Handshake. Then click the “Filters” button and choose “On-campus.”

Submit your applications early! On-campus employment is very competitive, so don’t wait to apply. Many jobs are filled by the first week of classes.

Late August through early September: Keep applying until you are contacted

Many hiring managers begin reviewing applications starting in mid- to late August. If you are a final candidate for a position, a hiring manager will contact you to schedule an interview. Please be patient and wait for the hiring manager to contact you.

In the meantime:

  • Keep applying to positions that interest you
  • Consider searching for local off-campus jobs in Handshake if you are not an international student (click here for employment information for international students)

You need to bring original forms of government identification to campus in order to be onboarded to payroll. Review the Acceptable Identification for the I-9 Form section of the Student Employment Handbook here carefully to know what forms of identification you must bring to campus so that you can start working. The Student Employment Handbook outlines everything you need to know.

Visit our How-to Guides section for helpful resume and cover letter guides.

Log onto Handshake and review the Resources section to find additional documents and helpful job-search platforms such as Vault and Shortlist.

Email for job search or technical support. If you would like to make an appointment with a career adviser to discuss job strategies specific to on-campus employment, go to Handshake to make an appointment. Choose Career Center/Appointments/On-Campus Job Search.

When you obtain an on-campus position, read the Student Employment Handbook carefully.

Posting Positions

All on-campus student employment positions are listed on Handshake. Please refer to the useful guides for information on creating an account or posting positions for your department. If you need an employer account created, please email

Guide to Posting Jobs

Guide to Reviewing Applications

Hiring Documentation

The hiring department should submit a hire form to the appropriate office as noted below. Students cannot begin working until they are fully onboarded onto payroll. 

Undergraduate Hire Forms

The hire form for undergraduate students is on SmartBuy Plus. Instructions for submitting the student employment request form are here. The hard copy form is no longer used as of Spring 2020. The Office of Financial Assistance handles onboarding for undergraduate students. Contact information:

Graduate Student Hire Forms

The hire form for graduate students is here, and the form should be submitted to the Payroll Office on the 4th floor of the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center. Contact information:

Additional Resources

19-20 Supervisor Guide for Student Employment

Web Time Entry (WTE) Instructions for Approvers

Web Time Entry (WTE) for Student Employees

Employment Requirements for International Students


Contact Information

Career Connections Center

Office Location
  • Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center (ASEC Building)
    939 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7258
  • 1-508-793-7189 Fax
Career Lab Hours
  • The Career Lab offers on-demand reviews of resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles 12 – 4 pm weekdays. Upload your documents, or make an appointment for the Career Lab on Handshake!