Programs : Employment

The Student Employment Office in S-107 Criser Hall offers assistance to students as they seek part-time employment through various job programs. Employment enables students to cover part of their expenses while attending school, and studies show that work has positive effects on students’ overall academic achievements. Job opportunities exist for all students whether or not they are eligible for financial aid.

Employment should not interfere with students’ educational goals. A normal workweek is 10 to 20 hours, and 20 hours per week is the maximum students may work on campus. Students can petition to work more than 20 hours per week by completing the Hours Extension form, available on SFA’s forms page. The petition must also be completed by the student’s academic adviser. If the petition is approved, the maximum hours per week becomes 31.

Students and employers generally cooperate on the hours to be worked, and most jobs allow students to arrange their schedules around their classes. Students are not permitted to work during scheduled classes or exams.

Almost every department at UF employs students part-time. These jobs offer students work related to their skills, academic or career fields, and experiences or interests. Job duties range from those demanding special research skills to those demanding only the willingness to work. All offices on campus post jobs through GatorJobs.
Off-campus jobs are posted by area businesses with the Career Resource Center.

How to Find and Apply for a Job

To search and apply for on-campus jobs, including all Federal Work-Study (FWS), Federal Community Service, and OPS positions, go to GatorJobs. Choose “Search Postings.” For “Job Category,” choose “Student.”

Search for off-campus jobs through the Career Resource Center using your Gator CareerLink Account.

UF Work Permits

For FWS students, the work permit indicates the number of hours they are authorized to work for the academic year. Students who plan to work through FWS should print a copy of their UF Work Permit. Students seeking jobs should take the Work Permit with them to job interviews. Students already employed at UF should take the Work Permit to their employer. To print a UF Work Permit, go to UF’s ISIS Web page. Click on “Financial Aid” for the appropriate academic year, and then “Awards and Disbursements.”

OPS jobs do not require a Work Permit. Students can provide the hiring department a copy of their semester schedules, which are also available on ISIS. Go to “Registration,” then “My Schedule,” then Select Term, and then “Print Schedule.”

Please note that students must be enrolled at least half time to work on campus.

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Federal Work-Study Program

The purpose of Federal Work-Study (FWS) is to provide students with part-time employment to help meet college costs and, if possible, provide work experience in a related field. FWS is federally funded and need-based. Your eligibility is determined from information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible, you must show need on your federal need analysis report.

Funding for the FWS program at UF is limited, so we cannot guarantee that every eligible student will be awarded: therefore, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of completing the FAFSA each year by UF’s “On-Time” Financial Aid Application Deadline of March 15th. Federal Work-Study eligibility is determined annually so it is important you submit your FASFA by the “on-time” deadline each year.

Employment through the FWS program allows students the flexibility of participating in either on-campus employment or in a Federal Community Service work site. You can search and apply for Federal Work-Study and Federal Community Service jobs through GatorJobs.

The following are general eligibility criteria:

  1. be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  2. demonstrate financial need using the results of your FAFSA;
  3. maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  4. be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate or graduate student;
  5. not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any aid program; and
  6. postbaccalaureate students must see their financial aid adviser to petition for eligibility.

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Federal Community Service Work-Study

The 1998 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 contained a new provision, which required institutions to use part of their Federal Work Study allocation to pay students working in jobs which serve the larger community. Students working in community service jobs must be providing services which are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. Such services include fields such as health care, child care, literacy training, education, welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, community improvement, support to students (other than those of the institution itself) with disabilities, mentoring, tutoring, supporting recreational activities, and counseling.

Students are able to gain new skills, explore career choices and assist with meeting the Gainesville community service needs. They are able to do something they will enjoy, can learn from and feel good about at the end of the year. An additional benefit to the student is the earnings are not included as part of their income in determining eligibility for federal financial aid in the application year following their employment. You can search and apply for Federal Work-Study and Federal Community Service jobs through GatorJobs.

This program helps improve relations between the University of Florida and the Gainesville community. An additional benefit to the employing agencies is that it only pays 25% of the student’s earnings. The other 75% are funded by the Federal Work Study Program. Agencies interested in partnering with the University of Florida to be a designated community service agency should contact The Office for Student Financial Affairs Student Employment section at (352) 392-0296. The following agencies are Federal Community Service Employers:

Alachua Habitat for Humanity

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida

Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County

Bridges Across Borders

Children Beyond Our Borders

Friends of the Micanopy Library

Gainesville Police Department

Gainesville Recreation and Parks

Girls Place, Inc.

National Center-Contruct Ed

North Central Florida YMCA

Reichert House

Shands Eastside Community Relations & Education

Shands Legal Services

The Arc of Alachua County

United Way of North Central Florida

Well Florida Council

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Other Personnel Services (OPS)

OPS is state-funded and is not based on need. To be eligible, students employed by UF must have at least a 2.0 GPA, and be enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester.

Average earnings are generally the same as for Federal Work-Study jobs. The total hours students can work and the amount earned will depend upon the hiring department’s budget and need. Students must report OPS income on their aid applications the following year.

To search for an OPS job, go to jobs.ufl.edu to check for job postings.

Students who apply for OPS jobs do not need a Work Permit. The department will verify your enrollment status before appointing you. Students can provide the hiring department a copy of their semester schedules, which are also available on ISIS. Go to “Registration,” then “My Schedule,” then Select Term, and then “Print Schedule.”

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Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Work Study

On- and off-campus jobs are available for enrolled veterans of the U.S. armed services. Check for on-campus jobs at jobs.ufl.edu. For eligibility and application information check with the UF Veterans Affairs Office, 222 Criser Hall, PO Box 114000, Gainesville FL, 32611-4000, Phone: 352-294-2948. Online program information is available at the VA Work Study web page on the UF Registrar Website.

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Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP)

FWEP is a state-funded, need-based student work program which is awarded by SFA.

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Career Resource Center

The following work programs are administered by the Career Resource Center at the Reitz Union. For more information, contact the Career Resource Center, First Floor Reitz Union, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

Cooperative Education

The Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program combines actual paid work experience with students’ academic curriculums. This program is career oriented: its primary purpose is professional training rather
than financial assistance. Co-op experience is available in areas such as business, industry, and government.

To qualify for Co-op, you must have completed your freshman year with at least a 2.0 GPA. Co-op salaries vary, but students earn enough to allow them to pay immediate living expenses and often to supplement college expenses. Two work formats are available:

For more information, call the Co-op Office at (352) 392-1601;
or go to the Co-op web page on the Career Resource Center Website.

Internships

Internships are professional, off-campus work experiences that assist students in acquiring the experience and skills that are necessary to be competitive in today’s job market, allowing them to test the “career waters.” This centralized campus program coordinates the internship needs of employers nationwide with the needs of UF students.

Internships are usually for one semester, which makes them ideal for students unable to meet Co-op work-semester requirements. Part-time positions are available locally. Internship experience is available to most majors, can be paid or unpaid, and may be available for academic credit based on departmental approval. For information, call the Internship Office at (352) 392-1601; or go to the Internship web page on the Career Resource Center Website.

Externships

An externship is an employer shadowing experience that typically lasts from a few hours to one week. Externships provide students with the opportunity to observe professionals and learn about possible careers in that field. This is a great option for students of any academic year who are unsure of their major or career goals, and want to “test” a career without a semester-long (or longer) commitment to a company, or who want to start networking with professionals in that industry.

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Off-Campus Employment and Employers

The Career Resource Center offers local businesses and private employers the opportunity to post part-time jobs for University of Florida (UF) students. Students can check the listings by using their Gator Career Link Account at Career Link at the Career Resource Center