Use common sense when applying for and engaging in off-campus employment. If a potential employer asks you to participate in an activity that makes you uncomfortable in any way, don't do it. Review the Student Employment Office Job Scams page to become an informed job seeker.
PLEASE NOTE: Be wary of "check cashing scams." If someone asks you to deposit a check/money order into your personal account and send money to another individual, you should refuse and contact our office immediately.
Please read the January 2017 Public Service Announcement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding an employment scam targeting college students.
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If you are an international student on a UMass student visa your employment options are highly restricted. Please contact the International Programs Office for guidance and further information.
Graduate Student Jobs
Most graduate students at UMass Amherst are hired through the appointment process as teaching assistants, research assistants, or interns. Your best option for finding a teaching or research assistantship is to contact your academic department. In certain cases, departments hire graduate students on an hourly basis. This type of job and the associated pay rate must be pre-approved by the Graduate Assistantship Office before you may begin your employment.
Graduate Assistantship Office
517 Goodell Building
Once hired, graduate students can pick up a Graduate Appointment Payroll Packet at their hiring department or in UMass Human Resources Office, Room 325 Whitmore Building.