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.

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 at the bottom of this page.


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a New Job

In order to begin working at a new job you must first file all of the required verification and tax documents either with your on-campus employer or with the Harvard Student Employment Office.

Read more about the Process


Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) is a federally-funded financial aid program available to US citizens and permanent residents. The mandate of the program is to assist students with the cost of their college education by providing a subsidy to employers for part-time student employment.

Getting Started

Understand how the Federal Work Study Program works and how to get involved.


Students and parents must complete the FAFSA form by the deadline specified by your particular school.

Registration Process

Information about the registration process for FWSP

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about the Federal Work Study Program (FWSP)

International Students

On-Campus Employment and On-Campus Employment at Off-Campus Locations for F-1 Students

COVID-19 Guidance

The Student Employment Office expects that employers will adhere to the Harvard University standards on health and safety

Getting Paid

Information about when and how payment is received for students (Connect with Payroll)