When you take on an internship or a research experience, you don’t just learn about that industry, you learn about yourself. This is where aha moments happen. Where you discover what you do and don’t like, meet people in your field and shape the skills you need.
On-campus employment is flexible and convenient for students’ busy schedules, usually doesn’t require transportation and is a great way to get experience. There are many types of on-campus employment, including internships, office jobs, customer service, lab and research positions, assistantships, etc. as well as positions for during the school year and between terms.How to Find On-Campus Jobs and Internships:
You may work up to 20 hours a week combined for all student employment, including regular and work-study jobs and assistantships (up to 40 hours per week between terms IF you are enrolled at least half time for the previous term and the next term).
On the jobs.oregonstate.edu page you can filter by "open to qualified work-study" or by "open to ALL qualified students." If you are work-study eligible, it may be a good idea to narrow your search to work-study positions as fewer applicants are eligible for these. If you don't have work-study, stick to "open to all."
If you are an international student and want to work on or off-campus, contact the Office of International Services to ask about working permits and your eligibility. Once you have a job offer and authorization documents, you can apply for a social security number if you don't have one. Generally, international students do not qualify for Federal Work-Study.
Learn more about Oregon State’s policies and resources for student employment.
An internship is an opportunity to gain exposure to and experience in a career field of interest. Depending on the position, internships may be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time and may gain you academic credit. Many programs at Oregon State require you to complete an internship or research experience in order to graduate. During an internship, students can:
While different employers have different goals for their internships, the Career Development Center and the National Association of Colleges and Employers define a quality experience as including:
The Career Development Center does not have insight into academic credit or which internship experiences are going to qualify for your program of study. For this information, please contact your academic advisor or the internship coordinator for your program.
OSU is a globally ranked research institution and land grant university whose faculty and students are working as a team to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Do you want to make an impact on these problems? Get hands-on experience and expand your learning outside the classroom with research:
"Working at Student Health Services has been a great experience that is preparing me for a successful future in graphic design. I’ve had the opportunity to both take photos and design, which has been a good learning experience. I’ve also learned a lot about working in a professional setting with others and understanding what it’s like to work as an in-house graphic designer."
— Jamie Ortbal, Class of 2020
Major: Graphic Design
On-campus employment can give you opportunities that relate directly to your major and desired career, while also allowing you to create a schedule that works with your classes and involvement activities. Many Oregon State employers who work with students are committed to helping you prepare for a successful career. Students like Jamie are employed all over campus in jobs which are preparing them for their career, even if they might not seem related.