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Post a Job & Hire Students

On-Campus Employers:

Any work performed by eligible work-study students for which there is a professional employee of the university to provide regular supervision is eligible to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program. 

Work performed for a professor must be in relation to their work as a Northwestern University professor, not for personal projects. Work-study students may not be employed by graduate students to assist in research for their academic degree program.  

Off-Campus Employers:

The Federal Work-Study program includes not-for-profit community service organizations. As defined by federal regulations, community service is designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs, including such fields as health care, child care, literacy training, education, welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention, recreation, rural development, and community improvement.

Northwestern University also participates in America Reads, a federal program created by the Clinton Administration to help students read at the 3rd grade level. Students are hired to tutor reading or math in Evanston public elementary schools or after school programs.  

Post A Job

Based on your department's or organization's needs,

Include a job description that fits the position and responsibilities to be performed and desired skills. Employers should provide as much information about the position and responsibilities as possible without being too lengthy.  Refrain from abbreviations or unfamiliar language.

Supervisor contact information is required for each job posting.  Students are instructed to contact employers directly to apply for positions and set up interviews.  More information about interviewing and offering the job are provided in Hiring Procedures.

Positions may be submitted and posted throughout the academic year.

We will send you a confirmation email letting you know when the job is active on the website. 

Once all your positions have been filled, please submit a request to Remove Job Posting and we will remove your position from the website.

How do students contact me if they are interested?

Students seeking employment may look through the list of openings on the Jobs page for positions that attract their interest. Contact information is provided with each job posting, and students should contact employers directly to apply for positions and set up interviews. 

How can I attract students to the job?

In a typical year, there are usually more job openings than students to fill them. 

If you have difficulty filling a position, we encourage you to review your job posting.  Consider how you might make the job description appealing to undergraduates.  Might the position provide valuable professional experience?  Can the work be completed remotely or outside of traditional business hours?  Are there other aspects to the job that could be specifically mentioned that might be of interest (e.g., creative/original content, outreach to other students, conducting independent research, etc.)?  Can you give examples of interesting work or projects that other student workers have completed in the past?

If there are students with interests or backgrounds you wish to recruit, you could consider reaching out to related academic departments or offices on campus to see if they can advertise your opportunity to their student populations.  Employers may also want to try putting a classified ad in The Daily Northwestern (for a fee).

Hiring Practices

It is critical you confirm student eligibility before hiring a student!  If you hire an ineligible student, their earnings will be charged back to your department at 100%, without the federal wage subsidy.

Common hiring practices may include any of the following:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Interview

Individual employers determine the way they make their employment decisions.  If requesting an application, you are welcome to create your own application form.  Most departments also conduct in-person interviews and select from a pool of applicants.  If interviewing, all interviews should be conducted under reasonably similar circumstances and all candidates should be given similar opportunities.  Questions may pertain to job fit, communication, critical and analytical thinking, customer service, team work, etc.