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Harvard University Student Employment Office

The Harvard University Student Employment Office (SEO) is an important resource for all Harvard students seeking employment during their studies. The SEO posts both on and off-campus job listings offering a wide range of work opportunities. To view these job postings, you may visit the SEO website or visit the SEO at 86 Brattle Street.

Federal Work Study Program

This program is a need-based federally funded financial aid program offered to eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. Depending on their maximum Federal Work study (FWS) award students can reasonably expect to earn up to $5,000 per year through work study funding; the Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) hourly wage range for graduate students during the 2016-2017 academic year is $13.50 to $20.00. Students must have applied for financial aid and have been awarded FWS funds as part of their financial aid award package to be eligible for a FWS position. FWSP employers pay a percentage of a student's wages; the federal government pays the remainder.

There are numerous opportunities for FWS positions both at the University and off campus. Students frequently work in jobs connected with their research or career goals. Federal Work Study job opportunities are posted on the Harvard University Student Employment Office website. This site includes information for both students and employers about the eligibility requirements for participation in the work-study program.  Students generally seek positions once they have arrived on-campus.

FWS eligible students complete an online Referral Form on the Student Employment Office website for each FWS job they take. This form enables the SEO to confirm the student's FWS eligibility for the position and is the first step in the FWS payroll process.  Students may work more than one job, provided their total earnings through work study do not exceed the amount of their total FWS award. The award amount acts as the maximum gross amount the student may earn at their particular position. Students are required to monitor their earnings, to be sure they do not exceed their ceilings.

Employers and students may wish to download our Federal Work Study Brochure (128 KB pdf) for additional information about the FWSP and the referral process. We have also produced a 3-part series of short online tutorials that explain the entire Federal Work Study process, and encourage all FWS recipients to view these presentations for all the details about the FWSP:

The Federal Work Study Program, Part 1- FWSP Basics

The Federal Work Study Program, Part 2- How and Where to Use Your FWS Award

The Federal Work Study Program, Part 3- The Payroll Process and Getting Paid

HGSE Office of Academic Services

The Office of Academic Services helps appoint Ed.D. students to research assistantships and/or teaching fellowships at HGSE.  Students should visit this office at Longfellow 122 or call at 617-495-3957 for more information regarding these work opportunities.

HGSE Career Services Office

The Career Services Office assists HGSE alumni and students enrolled in degree programs in formulating career plans. The office serves as a resource and information center by offering current job listings, a career resource library, informational handouts, a semi-monthly job bulletin, individual counseling sessions, as well as workshops on career planning and job-search skills. In addition, the Career Services Office invites educational recruiters to campus, provides data on alumni career paths and salaries, coordinates the annual Career Day Programs, and coordinates student and alumni networks. For more information visit the Career Services Office.


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