Student Employment

Student employment is available for students who are enrolled at least half-time, and can work up to 19 hours per weekJob opportunities exist in nearly all departments on campus, including the library, admissions and enrollment, financial aid, food service, the student newspaper, fitness and recreation, various academic departments, and more. Students can be employed through direct wagework-study or SEI  

Direct Wage (DW) 

Direct wage employment provides you the opportunity to work on campus without having work-study award. To qualify as a direct wage employee, you must be an enrolled student. Direct wage employees are paid bi-weekly and may work up to 19 hours per week (weekly hours may vary per department. 

Work-Study Employment (WS) 

Work-study is a state and/or government 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. Work-study employees are paid bi-weekly and may work up to 19 hours per week (weekly hours may vary per department)  

Your eligibility for financial aid is determined by a number of factors. First you must apply for admissions to UTRGV and complete and submit the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Go to Financial Aid for eligibility requirements.   

Work-Study/Community Service Programs (WS) 

Under the work-study, community service program, you have the opportunity to work off campus at a preapproved agency such as the McAllen Public Library, Edinburg Boys and Girls Club, Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Pharr Library and many nonprofit agencies around the valley. Your duties will range from performing various office aid duties to tutoring elementary aged students in math or reading. If you are interested in participating in our community service programs, go to Financial Aid for eligibility requirements, and contact the Work-Study Coordinator for more information. 

Student Employment Initiative Employment (SEI) 

Student Employment Initiative (SEI) provides you the opportunity to work on campus as part of UTRGV student retention and time to graduate strategy. It enables students to earn money, create a network with faculty and staff, but most of all, gain employment experiences that can be transfer to future employment after graduation. SEI employees are paid bi-weekly and may work up to 19 hours per week (weekly hours may vary per department. To qualify as an SEI employee, you are required to be enrolled 15 credit hours, and maintain a GPA of 3.0. 

International Students are permitted to work on campus after the completion of all employment requirements. Contact International Admissions and Student Services Office of Global Engagement for additional information.  

All Student employees are not eligible for fringe benefits such a holiday vacation, or sick pay.  All students that receive a job offer, must complete all on-boarding documents (including CBC & I-9), and must be approved by HR prior to beginning of employment.  

Apply for a job at UTRGV home page, my.utrgv.edu log in with your UTRGV credentials, and under applications, click on the Career Connection icon to complete your profile and upload resume. Contact Career Center for additional information.