Student Employment

Undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their financial aid status, may work at both on and off campus locations. Job opportunities are plentiful and wide-ranging. On campus, you can work with a faculty member as a research assistant, lead tours for the Admissions Office, work in the stacks at one of more than 60 libraries, or learn to run a business at the student operated Harvard Student Agencies. Off campus, you can tutor and mentor high school students in the Boston area, conduct research at Massachusetts General Hospital, help the homeless at a local shelter, or babysit for a local family.

Whatever your interests may be, there is a job available. The Student Employment Office (SEO) maintains a database to connect you with employers both on and off-campus. It is accessible to any undergraduate student, graduate student, or enrolled degree-seeking student at the Division of Continuing Education. Polish up your resume and sign up today!

Key Facts

  • Students may work more than one job at a time.
  • Students are not eligible for vacation, or personal time.
  • Non-Work Study students are not eligible for sick time accrual during the academic term, but are eligible during the summer term.
  • Work Study students are never eligible for sick time. 
  • Students are generally discouraged from working more than 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and no more than 40 hours per week when classes are not in session.
  • Students are paid on a weekly basis on campus. For off-campus jobs, it depends on the employer.
  • Students must be actively enrolled at Harvard to be on the University payroll. 

Once you have found a job, you can find what forms you need to complete, how to report hours, how paychecks and direct deposit works and tax information on the menu to the left.