Finding an on-campus job is a great way to build the skills employers are looking for while putting a little extra money away for those unexpected expenses.You can find on-campus jobs, federal work study positions, and part-time jobs in Handshake.
Current Student Employees
Our 3,000+ student employees help keep the university operating smoothly. University Career Services wants to help you make the most of your experience as a Mason student employee and find the best opportunity for you!
Available positions with on-campus departments are located in Handshake, Mason's online job and internship database. Once your profile is completed and your resume has been approved, you can begin to apply for positions.
After logging in to Handshake, select 'Jobs' folloowed by 'On-campus' from the filter options.
Certain on-campus jobs may also be posted on external sites:
Yes! Upload your resume, cover letter, and Work Availability Form (PDF) to the "Documents" tab in Handshake. Resumes will be approved within 48 business hours. We encourage you to use the templates available on Create Your Resume and Career Documents if this is your first time creating a resume. For assistance uploading the Work Availability Form, view screenshots of the process (PDF).
In order to complete the hiring paperwork and start working, you need to present original documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the US. This is a Federal requirement that has very specific time requirements that impact your ability to start working and get paid. A full list of acceptable documents may be found at USCIS Form I-9 Acceptable Documents. Questions about I-9 documents may be directed to HR & Payroll (703-993-2600).
Reviewing applications, interviewing, and hiring done by on-campus employer can take several weeks from the day you submit an application. If the position has closed and you have not heard from the employer, it is appropriate to email the employer to ask about their hiring timeline.
Please note: Every employer has different hiring processes and policies, therefore some may be unable to respond to email inquiries.
Visit Hire a Student Worker for information on how to post your available position in Handshake.
For individuals that are looking for opportunities to work at Mason, visit Human Resources: Career Opportunities.
Handshake is Mason's exclusive internship and job database. Employers that post in Handshake are interested in recruiting Mason students and alumni. Use your Patriot Pass credentials to log in.
All current degree-seeking students should have access to Handshake. Make sure you are using your Patriot Pass credentials and that your password has not expired.
If you are unable to log into Handshake, call University Career Services at (703) 993-2370. Please be prepared to provide your G# and Mason email address.
As a result of employer feedback about the quality of student resumes, University Career Services has implemented a resume approval standard to help students present themselves in the best way possible. Once submitted, it can take up to 48 business hours for your resume to be approved.
Resumes are commonly rejected for one or more of the following reasons:
- No information is listed about Mason in your Education section
- No or insufficient descriptions in your Experience section
- Inconsistent and/or unprofessional formatting; e.g., inconsistent bullet points or font, length, pictures, inappropriate use of color
- Spelling and/or grammatical errors
- Use of first person pronouns
- Including private or inappropriate personal information; e.g., birthday, Social Security Number, gender
Visit Create Your Resume and Career Documents to learn how to create a resume.
Federal Work-Study Jobs
Determine your eligibility then search for available Federal Work-Study positions in Handshake.
After filing the FAFSA, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will send an Award Notification to students whose applications are complete and who are eligible for need-based financial aid. This notification will describe the types and amounts of awards offered, including Federal Work-Study (FWS). If this notification does not include an FWS award, you are not currently eligible to obtain a position under this program.
If you are interested in FWS but are not awarded an FWS award, let Lady Ramirez, Federal Work-Study Coordinator, know so that you can be added to the wait list.
Available positions can be found in Handshake, Mason's online job and internship database. Once your profile is completed and your resume has been approved, you can begin applying to positions.
Only those students eligible for work-study will be able to view and have access to Federal Work-study postings. FWS positions can be hosted by on or off-campus employers, but the application process is the same for both.
Graduate Student Positions
Graduate employment on-campus is primarily available in the form of an assistantship or a wage position.
Graduate Assistantships are university employment positions held by graduate students who have full-time enrollment, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and are in good academic standing.
Assistantships are available in the following three categories:
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
The graduate assistant participates in the instruction, advising, and evaluation of undergraduates under faculty supervision.
Graduate Research Assistantships
The graduate assistant participates directly in research or research-support activities under faculty supervision.
Graduate Professional Assistantships
The graduate assistant performs work that primarily gains them experience, practice, and guidance in relation to their academic program and that is significantly connected to their field of study and career preparation. This is a non-teaching, non-research assistantship.