Student Employment


On-campus student employment opportunities for eligible Federal Work-Study students and non-Federal Work-Study students include positions in a diverse array of departments throughout campus.

Many of the jobs available on campus involve assisting with general office duties. Typically, students answer telephones, sit at reception desks, assist with mailings, and serve as messengers between offices. Some positions require customer service skills; others require familiarity with computers.

Some students work as front desk security for the residence halls or as safety patrols around campus. Other positions include science and computer lab assistants, lifeguards, sports referees, child care assistants, tutors, and library workers.

Click a link below to learn more about the types of positions offered.

Federal Work-Study

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Federal Work-Study (“FWS”) is a form of financial aid where you become eligible to earn your grant award through a job. If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study, your financial aid award letter will list the dollar amount of your Federal Work-Study grant. You may also check the Hofstra Portal to see if you were awarded any Federal Work-Study grant money.

Federal Work-Study jobs are real jobs with real responsibilities where you are paid an hourly wage to work, NOT to study.


Eligibility for FWS is based on financial need, as determined by Hofstra Student Financial Services, and on information from the student’s filed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Students eligible for Federal Work-Study (“FWS”) are those who have applied for financial aid and have been awarded a Federal Work-Study grant.

Students interested in becoming eligible for FWS positions should file the FAFSA form in the spring prior to the summer or academic year they want to work. The form is available online and at the Office of Student Financial Services on the second floor of Memorial Hall. This form must be filed for each year a student seeks eligibility. Renewal is not automatic.

FWS Grants

The dollar amount of your FWS grant is the maximum you may earn for the academic year on the Federal Work-Study program. Summer grants are awarded separately upon your request to the Office of Student Financial Services.

FWS Positions

FWS positions may be on or off campus. Available FWS positions may be found by clicking on the Current Jobs link.

Hofstra University encourages those students eligible for FWS to take advantage of employment offering community service opportunities. These jobs are available both on campus and in the local community.

Off-campus FWS jobs may be with federal, state, or local public agencies or private nonprofit organizations and must be in the public interest. Some of our off-campus community service employers have been the Uniondale Public Library, Roosevelt Children’s Academy, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Undergraduate/Graduate Student Hourly

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Employment is not based on financial aid status. All matriculated Hofstra students in good standing and enrolled in at least half-time semester hours are eligible for hourly wage employment as a student employee.

International students holding appropriate U.S. Department of State student visas are permitted to work on campus as student employees or through a Graduate Assistantship (discussed below) so long as they meet the requirements of their visa classification, are enrolled as full-time students, have applied for a Social Security card, and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements set forth above.


Jobs are available year-round and are posted on or through individual University departments.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are positions that will provide graduate students with experiential learning in a variety of Administrative and academic settings.


Graduate Assistantships are available to students that will be enrolled and matriculated in a Hofstra University graduate degree program by the start date of the Assistantship.


Graduate Assistantship compensation includes both a tuition waiver and a stipend at a maximum of 12 credits and $2,000 annually. The tuition waiver is valued per credit at the current graduate tuition rate based upon the program enrolled.

Note: Tuition waivers are not accepted for doctoral level course work, diploma or certificate programs requiring fewer than 30 credits, the Executive MBA, School of Medicine, School of Law, or online programs offered through the School of Business.

Appointment period

  • Graduate Assistantships are appointed on a semester basis.
    • Fall appointments will commence on the specified appointment begin date and end December 31st
    • Spring appointments will commence on or after January 1st and end on the specified appointment end date, which may be no later than June 30th.
  • Re-appointment to a Graduate Assistantship is subject to departmental approval; performance of duties in a satisfactory manner; continued registration in at least half-time credit hours; and good academic standing.

Click here to view a listing of current Graduate Assistantships.



All matriculated Hofstra students in good standing and enrolled in at least half-time semester hours are eligible for extracurricular, non-employment positions.


Hofstra University offers a multitude of positions generally recognized as extracurricular. These positions -- which are part of your overall educational experience at Hofstra -- are not employment positions. Some come with a stipend. Examples of extracurricular activities include:

Pep band
Musical performances
Athletic team student managers

Debate Teams

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Other Opportunities

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The other opportunities listed below each have their own eligibility requirements. Check with the particular department to find out more information.

Leadership Positions

There are opportunities on campus for students to serve as:

  • Resident Assistants
  • Mentors
  • Orientation Leaders
  • Welcome Week Coordinators, etc.

These positions, which may also offer stipends or housing, offer educational leadership and mentoring opportunities for students and are not employment positions.

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Off-Campus Employment

The Center for Career Design and Development maintains listings of off-campus employment, including part-time and summer jobs. The Center for Career Design and Development is located in 110 Weller on South Campus, telephone 463-6060.

These off-campus jobs are available to all Hofstra students and represent opportunities in nearby business offices, shopping malls, and restaurants. Positions in other Long Island and New York City locations are also listed.

Other On-Campus Employment

The Food/Dining Services and Bookstore at Hofstra are independently managed, have their own policies, and do their own hiring. See area managers directly for employment opportunities and hiring requirements.


The Center for Career Design and Development also has information regarding internship opportunities. An internship enables students to work in a professional environment directly related to students' career goals. A variety of industries support salaried and unpaid internships. Academic credit may be made available by a department chairperson or professor.

Summer Positions on Campus

Continuing and new students may work on campus during the summer. Some positions offer full-time hours up to a maximum of 30 hours per week. Summer positions are usually posted in late April. Click on “Current Jobs” to find out about summer opportunities at that time. In addition, check with any office to inquire if they are hiring for the summer.