Your F-1 student status permits you to work on campus at the university that issued
your I-20 while you are enrolled in a full course of study. Your Stony Brook issued
I-20 is your proof of work eligibility for on-campus employment at SBU only. You must
maintain F-1 status to be eligible for this employment benefit. Maintaining status means that you are a full-time registered student (except for approved exceptions)
in good academic standing with a valid I-20.
Definition of “On-Campus” Employment
On-campus employment includes:
1. Employment for SBU
Examples: teaching assistant, research assistant, library student worker, etc.
2. Work performed in a campus location for a commercial firm providing direct services to students.
For example: Starbucks located in the Melville Memorial Library
3. Employment at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with SBU.
For example: Cold Spring Habor Laboratory; Brookhaven National Laboratory
* The educational affiliation must be associated with your academic department's established
curriculum or related to contractually funded projects at the post-graduate level,
and be an integral part of your educational program. If you are not sure whether the
employment opportunity would meet the definition of “on-campus” employment, please
meet with your VIS Advisor before engaging in the activity.
You are allowed to work:
- Part-time (20 hours per week or less) during the fall and spring semesters
- Full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during summer and winter breaks
Expiration of On-Campus Employment Eligibility:
Your on-campus employment eligibility ends:
- When you graduate. It expires the last day of your final term, even if your I-20 expiration date is in the future.
- If you transfer to another university; your work authorization expires on the day of your SEVIS record release date.
- If you violate your F-1 status.
Finding Employment On-Campus
Click here to be directed to the Career Center's website where you will find useful resoucres like Handshake (SBU Career Center’s online recruiting database), upcoming career based events/workshops, mini training webinars, and new student orientation.
* Please note that just because a job is listed on Handshake, that does not necessarily mean it is considered an on-campus job. Please check with your VIS Advisor before engaging in any employment.