Student Assistant

Participants work closely with faculty and staff members to provide services in many university departments. Students earn wages and, if eligible, a scholarship while gaining valuable work experience while pursuing their degree.

Access Handshake through jwuLink to view available positions. 


Requirements to apply for a student assistant job:

  • You must be a full-time student in undergraduate or graduate school.

Visit EE&CS

We encourage you to visit Experiential Education & Career Services to create or update your resume and cover letter, as on-campus positions are competitive.

I Have Been Hired: What's Next?

Once you have been offered and accepted a student assistant position, you will need to complete your employment forms.

Bring the completed forms along with your acceptable documents for the Form I-9 to Student Employment.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is my hourly wage as a student assistant? 

Rhode Island - $14/hr.

Massachusetts - $15/hr.

North Carolina - $12.50/hr. 


What is a typical student assistant work schedule?

Student assistants generally work 20-25 hours per week.

Some positions are academic year only and some departments employ students during the summer.

Students that work in this program can take advantage of priority registration. This can help with planning your class schedule around your job. 


Do I need to pay taxes on wages earned in my student assistant job?

Yes. Wages earned are subject to federal and state tax withholding. As an enrolled student, your wages are exempt from FICA taxes (Social Security and Medicare taxes) pending your position is classified as a part-time position, you maintain enrollment requirements, and you do not have a break in classes of more than 5 weeks.

Priority Registration

What is priority registration?

As a student assistant, you are given early access in jwuLink to schedule your classes for the upcoming semester. Information about priority registration for current student assistants will be announced on HRpulse.