Many students enjoy the benefits of working part-time while going to school. Working part-time is a great way to assist with paying for the cost to attend college. Part-time work also helps most students improve their time management and organizational skills while they are gaining valuable work experience.

It must be noted that it is important for students to maintain a balance between the at-work hours and the number of credits taken in a given semester.

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Many on-campus employers hire student help. The Student Employment Brochure provides information about some of those employers that typically hire a larger number of students.

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Handshake provides information on part-time job opportunities and acts as a central clearinghouse for student employment both on- and off-campus.

Handshake Login

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By using Handshake, you are agreeing to this disclaimer.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student Employment Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not sponsor or list openings that discriminate, practice deception, or violate federal and state employment statutes. 

Employers posting job openings on Handshake are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Therefore, by accepting listings on Handshake, the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse is in no manner sponsoring or endorsing any employer. The university acts solely as a referral service that is free of charge for both employers and job seekers and makes no claim or representation regarding the validity of positions posted with our office. UW-La Crosse is not responsible for the wages, safety, or working conditions of any employment. Therefore, we ask all students to use “due diligence” before accepting any employment. Also be aware that wages that are based partially or fully on sales or commissions are not guaranteed. All hiring and compensation for work performed by student employees is handled directly between the student and the employer. The Student Employment Office does not perform background checks on students nor on employers. Therefore, employers and students are encouraged to request reference information from each other. If you have any questions regarding this disclaimer, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

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The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with significant financial need, allowing them to earn money to assist with their educational expenses. A student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility for the FWS program. If the student qualifies for the program, a Federal Work-Study allocation will be part of their financial aid offer.

Many on-campus positions are filled by Federal Work-Study students. Off-campus Community Service Work-Study opportunities are also available. These opportunities must be certified as public service and/or private non-profit organizations working for the greater good of the community. Students must meet specific financial aid requirements in order to qualify.
Positions, both on- and off-campus, are limited to 20 hours per week and are paid at least the current federal minimum wage.

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All UWL students enrolled for official university credit toward a degree or certification program are eligible to apply for on-campus student help positions.

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Students can add their name and contact information to lists for child care, lawn and snow removal, or odd jobs. Prospective employers use the list to contact students when they have work available.

Sign-up for the Odd Job List.

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Job fairs are held twice a year to help students find employment. The fall job fair focuses on helping students find employment during the school year. The spring job fair focuses on summer employment. 

Fall Virtual Part-Time Job Fair
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., The Bluffs, Student Union
On-campus and community employers 

Summer and Part-Time Job Fair
Camps, seasonal and other employment
The events are sponsored by the Financial Aid Office and Career Services.
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Some places of employment offer tuition assistance to employees or children of employees. For a list of businesses that do, check here.

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International students may be eligible for part-time employment while they are enrolled. To determine eligibility, contact the UW-La Crosse Human Resources Office located in 144 Graff Main Hall.

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Looking for a summer or part-time job?

We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted many of your employment situations. In an effort to support you, we have compiled some resources to help you find part-time and even Fall 2020 campus employment opportunities. 

UWL Handshake – 846 active postings in WI & MN

  • Search job types: job, internships, fellowships, cooperative education
  • Campus Employers examples: University Centers, The Racquet, Writing Center, Chartwells, Grounds Services
  • Local Employers examples: Eagle Crest Communities, Kwik Trip, Inclusa, Chileda, Festival Foods – search by region and/or keywords (use remote as a keyword)

La Crosse Chamber of Commerce Facebook page

Additional Resources/Ideas

  • Grocery stores, hardware stores, and pharmacy stores are hiring temporary staff to help with stocking and curbside delivery, and also to fill in for regular employees who have to stay home to care for family members or are ill themselves - students should check with their local stores.
  • Grocery delivery services (Grabbit, instacart, and even local grocery stores)
  • Third-party food delivery services (UberEats, Door Dash, Grubhub, Grabbit, etc)
  • Medical scribe companies, such as ScribeAmerica.
  • Tutoring opportunities - since schools are closed, many families seek tutors. Some postings may be found on the UWL Financial Aid - Odd Job List. Also, check with neighbors, advertise on personal social media, or join your neighborhood on the Nextdoor app to search for opportunities.
  • Some chain restaurants are hiring people to package orders, deliver orders, and to fill in for people who have to take leave.
  • Some local restaurants may be doing the same, if they're able to support additional staff.
  • Check out this list of employers that offer tuition reimbursement opportunities as part of employment.

Internships: If you find an opportunity that is educational in nature, you may be able to earn academic internship credit. To learn more, please follow this link.

For additional resources, please visit the UWL Student Employment Office and the UWL Academic Advising Center & Career Services website. We are here to help!

Be safe in your job search to avoid scams and/or fraud. Review the Student Employment Office website for more tips and suggestions.