Student Employment and Remote Work

Student employment at Amherst College is limited to those individuals who are physically located in the United States at the time of employment.  Specifically, individuals must be located in the states of Massachusetts and/or Connecticut.

Due to the complexities of state and international tax laws and employment regulations (specific to the location where the work is being performed), the College will not allow students who are outside the United States (regardless of citizenship), or outside of Massachusetts/Connecticut, to engage in student employment.

Questions should be referred to the Student Employment Office (

Step-by-Step Guide to On-Campus Employment for International Students

It can seem daunting, but getting started with your first on-campus job is easier than you think. 

F-1 Students: The steps below only need to be completed once; once completed successfully, the steps do not need to be taken for subsequent on-campus jobs.  

J-1 Students: All of the steps below must be followed for your first on-campus job.  Steps 1 and 2 must then be completed for any subsequent on-campus job.

Most international students, both F-1 and J-1, will be hired and guided through the steps below during New International Student Pre-Orientation.

1. Find a Job

On-campus positions are generally posted in Workday.  Check out the Student Employment Office for additional support and resources.

2. Request an On-Campus Employment Letter

After you have secured a position, international students must complete an On-Campus Employment Letter Request.  Be sure to provide your full name as it appears on your passport and I-20/DS-2019.

The OIS will receive your online submission and, with the help of your on-campus employer, will issue an On-Campus Employment Confirmation Letter.  

Students hired as New International Student Pre-Orientation Assessment Participants will be automatically issued an on-campus employment letter.  These students do not need to submit the request form for an employment letter. 

3. Complete required forms in Workday

All students working on campus must fill out a variety of wage and tax forms required by the US government forms in Workday.  Check out the Amherst College Student Employment page to learn more about these forms.

Students hired as New International Student Pre-Orientation Assessment Participants will be guided through the completion of these forms during Pre-O.

4. Begin working!

Once you have completed your initial paperwork with the Student Employment Coordinator, you may begin working.  You do not need to wait until your Social Security Card has arrived to begin working.  Remember, as an F-1 or J-1 student, you may work on-campus at Amherst College during the academic year up to 20 hours per week (and full-time during vacation periods and summer/January while still a student).

5. Apply for a Social Security Number (SSN)

The OIS will notify you when your On-Campus Employment Letter has been issued.  With this letter, you will apply for your SSN.  For more information about SSNs and the application process, see the OIS’s Social Security Number page.

6. Report your SSN

About a month after applying for your SSN, your Social Security Card should arrive in the mail.  At this time, you should update your SSN in Workday.   See the OIS’s Social Security Number page for instructions.