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Working at Clark

All students at Clark may apply for jobs — U.S. and international students, and undergraduate and graduate students. Most departments and offices at Clark hire students, but jobs — including federal work study jobs — are not guaranteed; they are can be very competitive. Make sure you spend time writing your resume and cover letter to put your best foot forward.

What new student employees need to know

If you have never worked at Clark University, there are a few things to do before you apply for student jobs on campus or off.

Bring Your IDs to Clark
Log into Handshake
Submit Your Timesheet

How to find a job

If you plan to apply for jobs, you need to start early — even before the semester begins. Jobs fill quickly, and you are not guaranteed an on-campus job even if you have been granted federal work study.

Spring semester: Get ready in December and January
Fall semester: Get ready in July and August

  • 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. 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, as more jobs are added daily.
  • Work 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 to ensure you have enough time to complete your application materials. To get started, here is a template for your resume and here is a cover letter template!
  • Have your resume reviewed: If you are an undergraduate student, email the Career Lab and attach the document(s) you would like to have reviewed. If you are a graduate student, check with the career staff at your graduate school regarding options to have your documents reviewed.
  • A special note for international students:  Watch this video for job search strategies, including what a typical resume looks like in the United States, the importance of tailoring your cover letter, and best practices for your on-campus job search. The video also includes proper etiquette for the job search — for example, do not email or visit offices asking for consideration for on-campus jobs.

Spring semester: Apply in January and February
Fall semester: Apply in August and September

  • Search for on-campus jobs in Handshake: Because new positions are posted daily, check back often to find on-campus jobs that best fit your interests. To find jobs, go to the Jobs tab in Handshake, click the Filters button, and choose On-campus, then select All Filters. Scroll down and check the box that says Match employer preferences.
  • Apply to jobs: Submit your applications early, and apply to as many jobs as you are interested in. On-campus employment is very competitive, so don’t wait to apply. Many jobs are filled by the first week of classes.
  • Review job restrictions: If you see a message saying “Your school has restricted your ability to apply to this job” or “Your school year does not match what is required for this job,” that means you are not eligible to apply to that job based on your school year or graduate school. The job description will list the school years desired for the position. Use the “Matches all employer preferences” filter.
  • Wait for the hiring manager to contact you: If you are a final candidate for a position, be patient — a hiring manager will contact you to schedule an interview. In the meantime, keep applying to positions that interest you, and check your email often.
  • Search for off-campus jobs in Handshake: If you are a U.S. student, then consider searching in Handshake for jobs in the local community.

Have questions? Review our Frequently Asked Questions

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Federal Work-Study Jobs

When you are awarded federal work study, you are not guaranteed a job; you must compete for an on-campus job with everyone else. Here are a few tips:

  • Jobs are very competitive. Before applying to jobs, have your resume reviewed by uploading it to Handshake. In your cover letter, mention that you have federal work study so that the hiring manager is aware.
  • Most on-campus jobs will not be tagged as work study, so apply to any on-campus job you’re interested in. If you’re hired, that will be your work study job.
  • The Office of Community Engagement and Volunteering posts work-study jobs in the community; those are tagged as work study, and only work study students can apply. The applicant pool will be smaller, increasing your chances of getting hired.
  • Check out our 11-minute Job Search Strategies for Students with Work Study video!

Help with Job Search Strategies

To discuss job strategies specific to on-campus employment or to get feedback on your application materials, make an appointment in Handshake. Choose Career Center > Appointments > Office of Student Employment > On-Campus Job Search.

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Student Employment Handbook

Contact Information

Office of Student Employment

Office Location
Office Hours
  • The Office of Student Employment is open on weekdays, typically from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Drop-in hours for identity verification are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3pm to 4pm, or by appointment.