International Student Employment - Questions & Answers

Am I eligible to work at Amherst College?

F-1 Visa holders are eligible to work at any position on campus. You are not eligible to work at off-campus federal work-study sites (examples: Reader to Reader, Inc., Girls, Inc. or the Jones Library). Consult the International Student Office about the possibility of working at one of the other Five Colleges.

How do I find a job?

Aid for First-Year and Transfer Students

Your educational objectives should be the most important factors in choosing a college, but the cost of attendance may also be a major consideration for you and your family. Amherst College is committed to making financial aid available to all students with financial need so that cost does not become the determining factor in making a decision about Amherst. For this reason, you should not fail to apply for admission to Amherst because of financial need.

Self-Help: Student Employment

The usual expectation is that a student will be able to earn about $2,000 in 2015-2016 from work during the academic year. This expectation represents about seven hours of work each week.  Job opportunities include work on campus in the College's food service, physical plant, libraries, laboratories, art gallery and studios, and academic and administrative offices. The range of hourly wages for student employment on campus in 2014-2015 is from $8.00 to $12.00 (as of January 2015, Massachusetts minimum wage will rise to $9.00 per hour).