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Student Employment

Being employed during the academic year is a great way to earn extra money, build a professional network, and gain valuable job experience that can transfer into your desired career goals. Explore your options and decide what's right for you.

2 Types of on-campus student employment

1. College Work-study (Also known as Federal or Texas Work-study)

The College Work-study or Federal Work-study (FWS) Program is a government subsidized student employment program designed to assist students in financing their post-secondary education. In order to be eligible for Work-study students must document financial need every year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who not receive a college work-study award after completing the FAFSA and are interested in obtaining college work-study, should email a request to or visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid office to be added to the waitlist. CWS FAQ

  1. Eligible CWS students
    1. Eligible students will be notified by the University of Houston Financial Aid if they receive college work-study and MUST accept the award via myUH self-service.
    2. Eligible students can work part-time on-campus or with UH-approved work-study off-campus organizations
    3. Eligible students are able to work up to 20 hours per week at an hourly starting rate of at least minimum wage ($7.25). (Note: Students may not earn more than the amount of the Work-Study (WS) award)
  2. Types of CWS jobs
    1. The on-campus work-study jobs are as diverse as the personnel needs of the University. Clerical assistants, data entry operators, photography technicians, artists and laboratory research assistants are but a few examples.
    2. Off-campus positions with employers/agencies approved to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program offer further variety. These positions are available through non-profit organizations and are usually in areas of community service. Off-campus positions may include Photography, museum guides, public relations, editorial, research assistants, and tutors.
  3. Resources for CWS students
    1. Video: Steps to getting a college work-study job
    2. Video: How to apply for work-study Jobs

2. Non-College Work Study

The employer pays 100% of the student's wages out of their own funds.

  1. Eligible NCWS students
    1. All enrolled students are eligible for NCWS positions and will need to apply for open positions through Cougar Pathway or directly visit on-campus departments
    2. Students are able to work up to 20 hours per week at an hourly starting rate of $7.25
  2. Types of NCWS jobs
    1. NCWS jobs could fall under any of these categories: office assistant, ambassadors, technology support, program assistant, social media assistant, research assistant, teaching assistant, data entry, food service worker or cashier, or tutor.
    2. NCWS jobs can be found all across campus including academic departments, student affairs and enrollment services, athletics and food service.
  3. Resources for NCWS students
    1. Video: How to apply for on-campus jobs

Determine your eligibility

Student Status College Work-Study Non-College Work-Study
Part Time or Full Time: Undergraduate Student and U.S. Citizen Yes Yes
Part Time or Full Time: Graduate Student and U.S. Citizen Yes Yes
International Student No Yes

How to find on-campus student employment

Campus Jobs for Coogs

Cougar Pathway

Students can log into Cougar Pathway to view available on-campus student employment positions.

  1. In order to apply for ANY open positions through Cougar Pathway, students must have:
    1. Completed their academic and personal profile
    2. An approved resume in Cougar Pathway

How to apply for on-campus student employment

Students are encouraged to frequently view the numerous jobs available by logging in to their account on Cougar Pathway. New jobs are posted in Cougar Pathway daily!

Steps for applying:

  1. Log onto Access UH – Click the Cougar Pathway icon
  2. Once on the home screen, click “Jobs” on the left side
  3. 3. Click “Search” or “College Work-Study” (if eligible for work-study)
  4. In the search bar, you can type keywords or simply search through all positions
  5. Apply with an approved resume within the system and follow the instructions provided within the job posting
  6. You will be contacted by the employer should they be interested in interviewing you

Tips & Suggestions/Recommendations for On-campus Employment Job Search

  • Apply for multiple job postings (minimum of 10-15 jobs)
  • Follow up after applying (3-5 days afterward)
  • Search for jobs daily and respond quickly to positions that you are interested in (even check on the website a couple of times during the day)
  • Have a Career Counselor look at your resume before applying
    1. Instructions for setting up a career counseling appointment
  • Practice interviewing with a Career Counselor
  • • Dress professionally for the interview (View Professional Dress Assistance/Resources)
  • If you go in person to the department, show enthusiasm and friendliness to everyone in the office
  • Show the department as much availability as possible in your schedule. It is helpful for students to schedule classes to accommodate a consistent work schedule. Creating blocks of time for work, such as 8:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00 – 5:00pm, is best, as many departments prefer students to work for a minimum three-hour block of time

Student Employee of the Year

Every spring, University Career Services hosts Student Employment Week, a special occasion dedicated to honoring and recognizing the invaluable contributions of all University of Houston student employees. Throughout the week, an array of exciting programs, including coffee and breakfast gatherings, as well as exciting giveaways, are organized to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication. At the end of the week, there is a Student Employee Awards Luncheon where student employees are recognized and one student is chosen as Student Employee of the Year

  • Emari Williams

    Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion Award
    Emari Williams
    Desk Assistant
    Student Housing & Residential Life

  • Lordina Yeboah

    Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year Award
    Lordina Yeboah
    Student Assistant
    UH Wellness Center

  • Tynashia Whitaker

    Graduate Student Employee of the Year Award
    Tynashia Whitaker
    Teaching Assistant
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Radhika Sonde

    Outstanding Leadership Award
    Radhika Sonde
    Student Employee
    University Information Technology