Student Employment and Health Insurance

Student worker and Federal Work-Study (FWS) student employment opportunities and wellness services are available to students through the Office of Human Resources, in addition to many other resources on campus. The Division of Student Affairs can provide you with more information on career preparation, student organizations, health services, and more.

Student Health Services are available to students on campus and at regional campuses, including seasonal flu shots, primary care services, information on healthcare specialists, and more. Students also have access to the University Counseling Center for more personal services. Visit the Health Services for Students page for more information.

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Employment

The Office of Student Employment (OSE) is part of Pitt’s Office of Human Resources. OSE assists and guides degree-seeking students as they look for an opportunity to supplement their academic pursuits. Student employment opportunities are listed on PittSource

About OSE

The Office of Student Employment assists students in a number of ways, including:

  • Provides students with access to job opportunities on campus
  • Provides departments effective services to facilitate the hiring of students to meet their part-time employment needs
  • Familiarizes and educates student employers and employees with the practices and procedures of student employment at the University of Pittsburgh, assuring that all institutional, governmental (state and federal) guidelines and requirements are met
  • Ensures student work assignments are processed accurately and in a timely manner

The goals of OSE are:  

  • To exceed our students’ and employers’ expectations for our services
  • To assist students in earning money to finance their education
  • To broaden students’ classroom education with work skills that will complement their course of study
  • To educate and assist employers in their role as student supervisors
  • To provide administrative support to employers
  • To help students refine their unique talents and explore their career options

The Office of Student Employment provides job opportunities to all students regardless of sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, race, or creed.

Finding and Accepting Student Employment

How to Find a Job

All Pitt student employment opportunities are listed on PittSource, the University’s online employment system. Positions are available to full-time or part-time Pitt students who are enrolled in an ongoing course of study and taking at least six credits worth of classes. 

Two types of student positions are offered through PittSource: student worker positions available to any enrolled student, and positions available only to Federal Work-Study (FWS) students. FWS students receive federal funding as part of their financial aid package. If you have questions about FWS funding, please contact the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid.

All student employment opportunities are found in the "Student" job category on PittSource. Job openings vary daily. Each position includes a job description and information on job schedules and how to apply. Some positions require a résumé and cover letter. Contact the Office of Career Development & Placement Assistance for help before applying.

After you submit your application, the hiring department will have immediate online access to your application and will contact you if you are selected for an interview. An official job offer will be made once you have been selected for hire. 

What to Do After a Job Offer

After you accept a verbal offer from a representative of the hiring department, Student Employment will email you details about your job duties, supervisor, pay rate, and starting date.

If you are a first-time Pitt student employee:

  • Your confirmation email will include a link to the Compliance Center
  • Once logged in to the Compliance Center, you will be able to complete all required new hire documents, as well as complete part I of the I-9 Form
  • Upon completion of your new hire documents and Part I of the I-9 Form, you will be instructed to go to a University I-9 Service Center for the completion of Part II of the form
  • Please note, you can only begin working after you complete Part II of the I-9 Form

If you are a current Pitt student employee transferring to a new position, your confirmation email will not include the onboarding forms, since you already completed them at the time of your initial hire.

Student Employee Policy Manual

The Student Employee Policy Manual is a helpful resource for both students and current faculty and staff to better understand the role of student employment, the number of hours a student can work, student eligibility, and more.

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Health & Wellness

Health services are offered to all students at Pitt, including coverage plans that are available for graduate and professional students and general students, and dental plans for students without dental health coverage. Additional health resources can be found here:

Please visit the FAQ page for more information about student employment.