FAQs

This section consist of question that are frequently asked 

  • What are the services that Career Center provide?

    The UTRGV Career Center provides assistance to undergraduates, graduate students and alumni who seek help in formulating and implementing career plans. Various programs and workshops are offered each semester to assist students who are selecting a major or trying to relate educational experiences to employment opportunities.

    Our office provides students with essential services to help them in their career endeavors. Whether finding a major, critiquing resumes or preparing for an interview, we are here every step of the way. Set up an appointment today!

  • What is the work study program?

    Work-study is a government and state subsidized student employment program designed to assist students in financing their post-secondary education. It allows students to work on-campus with a university department or off-campus with a pre-approved community service agency.

  • How to qualify for the work-study program?

    The Federal Work-Study Program allows you to work on campus with a specific department or off campus with a community service partner. You must:

    • Submit the FAFSA and have financial need
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Be enrolled for at least half time.
    • Meet UTRGV’s Satisfactory Academic Policy Requirements

    If you live in Texas, the Texas College Work-Study Program allows you to work on campus with a specific department. You must:

    • Submit the FAFSA/TASFA and have financial need
    • Be a Texas resident
    • Be enrolled for at least half time
    • Meet UTRGV’s Satisfactory Academic Policy Requirements
    • Have an Employment Authorization Card (if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident)

    NOTE: You must be awarded work-study to be considered for any work-study position. Please visit the UTRGV Financial Aid Office (http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/admissions/paying-for-college/financial-aid/index.htm) if you are interested in qualifying for a work-study award.

  • Can an International Student apply for a Social Security Number in order to work on campus?

    Yes, once you have received a job offer, you will need to apply for a Social Security Number.

    Please follow the steps below:

    1. Receive a job fair from a department/office
    2. Request a letter from International /office  and take the letter to the social security administration office
    3. Take all none immigrant documents to the social security office
    4. Wait for approval from UTRGV HR office or 10 to 30 days processing time.         
  • I am enrolled for 5 courses; can I apply for jobs in the Student Employment Initiative?

    The SEI Enrollment Criteria states that you need to be currently enrolled for at least 15 credit hours during the Fall or Spring semester, or 6 credit hours combined anytime during the May, Summer I and Summer II Sessions.  Students should pay attention to how many credit hours their courses total up to during the semester they are interested in applying for SEI.  To find the number of credits a course counts for, look at the second number in the 4-digit course code.  For example, GOVT-2301 is a 3-credit course and BIOL-1106 is a 1-credit course.

  • Can International students work on campus?

    If you are under an F-1 visa, you are permitted to work on campus for 19 hours each week. In order to find a job, you will first need to apply. On Career Center we can help you by reviewing your resume and help you create an online profile (Career Connection) that potential employers can review when you have applied for a position within the University. 

  • What is Career Connection?

    The Career Center uses an online system that enables students and alumni to easily register their profile information, upload résumés and cover letters, sign up for career events/workshops, search for jobs (on and off campus) and select interview times – all on one secure website. In order to take full advantage of the services and resources, you must create a profile, upload your resume and have it reviewed by the staff at the Career Center.

  • What GPA does the SEI Program consider when applying for the program?

    A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and semester GPA of 3.0 or higher is what qualifies a student to apply for the SEI Program.  Once a student is hired into the program, the student must maintain the minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 as well as complete a minimum Semester GPA of 3.0 to stay in the program for the next semester or session.

  • I am a last-semester senior and need less than the required SEI enrollment criteria to graduate. Do I have to be enrolled for all the credit hours to work in the Student Employment Initiative?

    The SEI Enrollment criterion is waived only for last-semester seniors who are enrolled in 12 credit hours and have participated and are currently in the program.  Last-semester seniors must provide Career Center with a copy of their Application to Graduate or a letter from their Academic Advisor as verification of their graduation. Waivers need to be granted before beginning employment.

  • Can first-semester freshman with dual-enrollment credits apply for SEI?

    SEI requires that applicants have completed at least one semester as a fulltime UTRGV student after obtaining their High School diploma.  Transfer students need a minimum of 30 credits to be considered into the program.

  • What kind of Visa does an international student needs to have to apply for on-campus employment?

    Only students with F-1 Visas and DACA card qualify for employment on campus. Please contact the office of International student admissions and/or Human Resources at 882-7983 for additional information on this subject. 

  • Does applying for a job in SEI guarantee that I will get a job?

    No, the hiring decisions are made at the discretion of the hiring departments and applying to the SEI Program does not guarantee a job.  If your application is cleared, it will remain on the SEI application pool for the remainder of semester.

  • What is an Internship?

    An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.