Part-Time Jobs & Student Employment

Looking for part-time work? Many UVA students obtain part-time jobs during the academic year and summer. Opportunities exist on-Grounds as well as in the surrounding community. Handshake is UVA's comprehensive employment management system and is a centralized resource for student employment.


Federal Work-Study (FWS) is financial aid that is based on financial need and must be earned through student employment. Many job opportunities are available to eligible students on- or off-Grounds and these experiences can be great sources of professional development. Students can search for a FWS job based on their own interests and class schedule. Student employment on-Grounds is available for students who may not qualify for the Federal Work-Study program but who choose to work at various student employment opportunities throughout the University. These jobs include clerical, laboratory, and customer service positions. 


Hiring for the academic year will begin in July.  Both Work-Study and non-Work-Study part-time positions on Grounds and in the local Charlottesville community will be posted on Handshake.  Additional opportunities can be found below.


Students must complete the mandatory paperwork through the Business Operations area within their hiring unit before beginning work. These forms are required by law and include the INS I-9 form, the W-4, and M-4. The University requires students to have a Direct Deposit Decision form on file as well. Students should not apply for jobs until they've completed these forms. 


Student employment rates begin at minimum wage in Virginia at $7.25/hour and increase depending on responsibility, prior experience, and area of the University.

Preparing for the Job

Click here for the Hoos Guide to Student Employment which governs the employment of all students who work both on-Grounds and off-Grounds Work-Study jobs.

Search for Opportunities

Many students visit the UVA Career Center to inquire about on-Grounds and local employment opportunities. If you are looking for part-time work during the school year, a summer experience or a job after graduation, local resources will help you begin your search in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.

How will this help me?

Student employment offers you exposure to different organizations, work cultures, and functional roles.  Students who work summer or part-time jobs during the academic year develop strong transferable skills to internships and professional positions.  And, these employment opportunities establish a network of referrals and key contacts in your intended industries of interest.  Student employment provides many students with the ability to support their financial needs while attending UVA.

Choosing a Part Time Job

While applying for a part-time job is often economically motivated, consider your options after receiving an offer. Do not necessarily take the first job you receive; part-time jobs should be seriously considered.

Consider the following factors:

  • Make sure your part-time job search is varied, allowing you to explore your options.
  • Ask yourself, "What are my priorities for this job?" and "What is it that I enjoy doing?" Is it important that you earn income or have a flexible schedule? What are the activities, interests and tasks you enjoy doing? Apply to jobs that fulfill those needs.
  • Evaluate time commitments. Typically part-time positions on and around Grounds require anywhere from 3 to 15 hours per week.  Evaluate your schedule and demands to be sure you are ready to make that commitment.
  • Consider the wage offered. How much will you need to make?  Can you negotiate a higher wage because of previous experience? Don't forget to factor in things like commuting costs if you work off-Grounds.
  • Does it demonstrate interest in a desired industry? Will this part-time job help you gain relevant experience in an industry/career you want to enter in the future? This is the ideal, so don't worry if you can't find a part-time job that directly relates to the industry, but tailor your resume to fit opportunities you apply for.

Will I get paid?

Student employment positions typically offer an hourly rate at minimum wage or slightly more depending on role/experience and type of organization.  

Can I receive Academic Credit?

Student employment is typically not eligible for academic credit given these are paid positions.

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