Student Employment

Incoming students will have access to view jobs on Handshake 6 months prior to your academic start term. 

Want to get a job on or off campus? Access our HireAnIslander database to get registered and search for jobs by uploading your resume and then submitting it to the jobs you select.  If there are any jobs that you are unsure about be sure to contact the office at 361-825-2628 or

How to Apply

  • Login to HireAnIslander (powered by Handshake)
    • Upload your resume to your HireAnIslander account.
    • Select Jobs & Internships from the left-hand navigation bar.
    • Fill in the search criteria to narrow down your search OR simply view all current jobs without entering any search criteria.
    Select Jobs & Internships from the left-hand navigation bar.
    • Browse the jobs.
    • Click on a position title to see the specifics of the position and how to apply. You can also select Follow Job at the top to receive additional updates about the position.
  • If you find a job you are interested in and you see a submit resume button at the top of the page, submit your resume and attach the documents the employer has requested.  If you don't see a submit resume button, look at the job for "how to apply".  If you are still not sure how to apply for this job, contact Career Services at 361-825-2628.

Working on campus

Please review the University Rules (33.99.08.C1 and 33.99.08.C1.01) pertaining to student employment located on the University Rules website.

  • Working on campus is just like working at any job, but you don’t have to leave campus to work. The money you earn does not get directly applied to your tuition.
  • Studies have consistently shown that students who work no more than 20 hours per week do better academically than students who do not work.
  • Departments on campus understand your role of student is important, and they won’t need you to work more than 20 hours/week.
  • Students can arrange their work schedule around their class schedule.
  • Additional time demands appear to force students to manage their time more efficiently, thus necessitating a higher commitment to study time by the student.
  • The ultimate advantage of a job on campus is that it affords students invaluable experience when preparing to enter the job market after graduation, not to mention the departmental and/or professional contacts that can be made.
  • The On Campus jobs are as diverse as the personnel needs of the University. Clerical assistants, data entry operators, photography technicians, artists and laboratory research assistants are but a few examples.
  • Student workers are only able to work 20 hours per week on campus (exceptions may be made by the department at busy times on a temporary basis).
  • Students who begin the job search early will have a broader range of jobs to choose from. With this in mind, students should begin their job search as early as possible.
  • New students at the university will have access to the job database three weeks before school starts.


Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a government subsidized student employment program designed to assist students in financing their post-secondary education. To be eligible for Work-Study, students must document financial need every year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

What are the benefits of Federal Work-Study Jobs?

  • Work-Study wages are not counted towards next year’s student contribution for financial aid.
  • Although the majority of WS positions are located on-campus, the program also offers a growing number of off-campus positions with employers/agencies approved to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program.
  • Community Service Work-Study is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others and earn your Work-Study (WS) award at the same time.

What if my financial aid award letter does not include a Work Study award?

  • Please see the Student Financial Aid office to determine if you have work study eligibility. Early in the semester they may be able to give you access to work-study.

What if I don’t get a Work-Study job?

  • If students are enrolled at least half-time and do not get a WS job within the first six weeks of the start of class, the Financial Aid office has the option to cancel their Federal Work-Study award for that semester. If your class schedule or other special circumstances prevent you from obtaining a WS job, contact the Financial Aid Office.
    • Note: The only way for students accepting their Work-Study (WS) award to receive the award amount is to get a job, work 12-20 hours per week, and earn it! Students are strongly encouraged to begin the job search early. Popular Work-Study positions are highly sought after and tend to be filled quickly.

Don’t qualify for Federal Work-Study?

  • There are still plenty of non-work-study and off campus part time jobs available in our database!

 PLEASE NOTE: Students working on campus in a part time position are not eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, or medical and dental insurance through their job.

Get Started

  • View jobs you are interested in online at Hire an Islander at your convince.
  • Some jobs require that you upload specific documents before submitting your referral such as resume, class schedule or application.
  • All required documents can be located in the "Resource Library" in your "Hire an Islander" account.
  • When you are hired tell us by clicking on the Career Services icon on the front page.  We want to know about all employment experiences - part-time on and off campus, internships, and full-time professional.
  • By providing this information your name will be included in an annual drawing, prize varies yearly and is valued at $100.00 each.