Student Employment at Goucher College provides students with opportunities in a variety
on-campus jobs across almost every department. In addition to the financial benefits, on campus jobs help students develop both specific and transferable professional skills. Goucher Student Employment policies and procedures apply to all student employees, including students with a Federal Work-Study award.
The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides funding for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to potentially earn money to help pay education expenses. Program eligibility is determined when students submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you do not already have Federal Work Study in your financial aid package (goucher.edu/netpartner) and feel you have financial need or have questions about Federal Work Study, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly via email at FinAid@goucher.edu or via phone at 1-800- Goucher, Extension 6141.
If you have questions about student employment at Goucher please contact the CEO at
410-337-6191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working on Campus
Types of Jobs
Students have the opportunity to work different types of jobs, which pay different rates. Full time students may hold up to 2 jobs during the academic year.
Level 1 Jobs: Pay $11.75/hr: Generally require direct supervision with specific instructions. Duties often include supporting an office’s functions administratively.
- Examples: Library Service Desk Assistant, ACE – Notetaker, Student Office Assistant
Level 2 Jobs: Pay $13.75/hr: Require higher levels of responsibility, independence, and training; may require highly specialized skills and/or supervising other students.
- Examples: Student Leader for Civic Action, ACE – Peer Tutor
Salaried Jobs: Pay rate and frequency varies: Require the highest level of responsibility and independence, and often require students to work unpredictable hours or complete work outside of their scheduled shifts. Earnings may not count toward FWS allotment. *Students holding salaried positions are limited to working one additional job.
- Examples include: Resident Assistant (R.A.), I.T. Student Manager, Goucher Guide
Temporary jobs: Last no more than 4 weeks, and do not count towards the 2 job limit.
- Examples include: Goucher Poll Student Surveyor, Alumnae/i Weekend Student Workers
On-campus jobs are posted on Handshake
Events and Timing
- Students may begin applying for jobs on July 1st for the upcoming academic year
- Campus Job Fair, featuring current job openings, will be held in August*
- Student Employment Expo, featuring leadership positions for next academic year will be held in January*
* Specific dates for events will be posted on the Career Education Office website.
How do I Get Paid?
In order to get paid you will need to ensure that you have filled out your timesheets correctly and submitted them on time in order to be paid. You are paid bi-weekly by check or direct deposit. Direct deposit is strongly encouraged and ensures that you will have the money available, even during break periods and periods abroad. How do I complete my timesheets?
- It is your responsibility to see that the timesheet is legibly completed on a daily basis, dates and times are accurate, and that it is signed by both you and your supervisor.
- All timesheets must be submitted to the Payroll Office by 12 Noon on the Thursday after the period ending date. Timesheets submitted after the deadline will not be paid until the next pay date.
(I-9, W-4, MW-507, Direct Deposit Enrollment Form, Paystub Info) You will need to complete the following required employment forms BEFORE starting work to be eligible to work on campus.
I-9 Form (PDF): Federal regulations require our Human Resources Office to collect documentation that verifies the employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States prior to employment. You must present original identification documents (no copies) to Human Resources. Appropriate documents include your U.S. Passport, or your social security card or birth certificate, in addition to an ID, such as a driver's license. I-9 Forms are available at the Human Resources Department.
W-4 Form (PDF): You need to submit a W-4 form for federal tax withholding purposes. As instructed by the Social Security Administration, the name on the W-4 form must match the name on your social security card. You must complete the form using your permanent home address, not your campus mailbox. If you have trouble filling out this form, we suggest contacting a parent or a legal guardian if they claim you on their taxes or contacting a tax consultant. There are special instructions for international students completing the International Student W-4 form. If you have questions regarding your W-4, contact the Payroll Department.
MW-507 (PDF): Your earnings are subject to Maryland state tax due to your local residency while here at school. The only exception to this tax rule is if you reside in another state and commute to and from school on a daily basis.
Direct Deposit Enrollment Form (PDF): You are strongly encouraged to participate in the Direct Deposit program. This program enables your paycheck to be deposited directly into your personal bank account automatically. If you would like to enroll, please complete the Direct Deposit Enrollment Form [pdf] and enclose a voided check or an official form or letter from your bank listing your name, account number and bank routing number. For further information, please refer to the Payroll Department. If you are a returning student and you signed up for direct deposit last year, you will be set up with direct deposit automatically this year. You will need to submit an updated direct deposit form if you have changed your bank account or would like to cancel your direct deposit.
How Many Hours Can I Work?
You may work no more than 20 hours per week while school is in session and no more than 29 hours per week when school is not in session. You can not exceed 990 hours of work in a fiscal year.
- Your earnings accrued over the winter and summer break will count against your annual allotments. You are only permitted to work a maximum of 29 hours per week during any college break period.
Supplemental Work Program
The Supplemental Work Program (SWP) is an administrative process that students can use if they believe that the 2 job limit is inequitable or otherwise harmful to their personhood.
Students must submit a work portfolio which contains a resume, cover letter and statement of resource. A statement of resource explains the need to work more than their current job cap. This may include any reason a student believes would qualify them for the removal of a job cap, such as: financial information, desire for further job education and experience, a drive for personal fulfillment, and more.
Students must submit their work portfolio to the Assistant Director for Student Employment in the Career Education Office. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Applications will be reviewed by the Assistant Director of Student Employment and the Director of Career Education Office based on the following criteria:
Financial reasons (statement of resource documents will be reviewed by Financial Aid Director)
Skill and experience development
Further criteria in which to view and analyze portfolios submitted to the SWP:
How closely the submitted portfolio represents a professional resume. This includes analysis of format, grammar, and structure of submitted documents.
How genuine and honest the submitted Statement for Resource is (described below). A student will not be penalized for an initial lack of experience.
The Statement of Resource should further be evaluated on each student's ability to demonstrate the negative impacts of not having another job, as well as how to alleviate the added problems of adding a new job.
The entire portfolio should be evaluated with the lens of “work ethic”.
How do I find a Job?
All on-campus positions are posted through the CEO’s online jobs and internship database, Handshake. Handshake is a comprehensive system that lists on-campus, off-campus, full time, and internship positions including community focused work programs through Community Based Learning. In addition to locating jobs, you are able to apply for positions and load resumes in your account.
How Do I Get Hired?
The interview process can be different for each department. Some supervisors may require a resume and/or an interview. Others may require a short statement of interest, while others will prefer to speak with you in person. Interviews for student employment positions are usually informal, but you still want to be prepared and make a good impression. For tips and practice preparing for your interviews, visit the Career Education Office. You should keep the following advice in mind when preparing for an interview:
- Dress appropriately and be punctual.
- Conduct yourself in the most mature manner.
- Always provide accurate and honest information.
- Be prepared to provide a copy of your class schedule, a resume, and references, if requested.
- Relax and be yourself.
What If I Don't Get Hired?
The CEO works throughout the year to develop relationships with local employers to assist you in locating employment off campus should on campus positions be filled or not meet your work needs. For more information please refer to the "Working Off Campus" section below.
Working Off Campus
How Do I Locate Jobs?
The Goucher College Career Education Office works with local employers, national employers, and alumni to post job and internship opportunities for Goucher students. Handshake contain internships, full-time jobs, seasonal jobs, and fellowships that Goucher students can apply to directly. Upload resumes, cover letters and other documents to make applying easy!
QuadJobs is an online platform that connects college students with local and temporary jobs that fit into their schedules. Common QuadJobs gigs include babysitting, tutoring, furniture moving, errands, dog walking, and more. To get started, sign up with your Goucher email address and complete your profile with information about yourself.
Protecting Yourself from Employer Scams
Throughout the year the Career Education Office works to verify employment and internship opportunities for you in order to ensure that each opportunity we post is truthful and enhances your skills and experience. Every so often we locate a scam or are notified by another local college about a possible employment/internship scam. While the CEO will make every effort to ensure that employers and job postings are legitimate, the CEO is not responsible for the accuracy of employer and job information contained on Handshake. The providers of Handshake (NACE and Symplicity) and the CEO do not screen employers or job postings. The best way to protect yourself from an employment/internship scam is to practice vigilance before applying. For this reason we want to ensure that you are taking the measures necessary to identify scams before they become unfortunate situations.
Tips for Identifying Job/Internship Scams
- Research the company and job. Can you locate the company and does the job posting seem to fit? Is the contact information provided in the listing accurate to the main company information?
- The email address associated is not the same url associated with the company
- The posting focuses only on the benefits, not the actual requirements
- The employer asks you to deposit a check for them once you are hired (If the check turns out to be fake or bounces, you may be responsible for items deposited into or cashed against your accounts)
- The employer requires you to pay money up front or to use your bank account
- When you contact the employer/are hired, the job requirements aren't what was stated in the ad
- If it seems too good to be true, it just might be
Protecting Yourself from Scams
- Bring the posting to the Career Education Office for review if you're uncertain
- Search for the email address/phone number/company online- does the company come up in your results? Is any of the information reported as a scam? Does the posting seem to fit with the companies mission?
- Do not provide any personal information unless you feel 100% comfortable with your employer
- Check their references just as they may ask to check yours - Ask to speak with current or previous employees
If you learn about an employment/internship scam please report it to the CEO at email@example.com immediately. For more information on job scams or to report a job scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission.
If you find yourself victim to an employment/internship scam, please report it to the CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org. View these resources on Fraud Victim 6 Step Recovery and Avoid Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for additional support.
How Do I Get Hired?
Do I have to interview for jobs?
The interview process can be different for each employer. Some hiring managers may require a resume and/or an interview. Others may require a short statement of interest while others will prefer to speak with you in person. Being prepared with your resume will always make a good impression, but be prepared to be asked to apply online as well. Many local employers who are part of a national company will require all applicants use their online system for applications. For tips and practice preparing for your interviews, visit the Career Education Office.
Keep the following advice in mind when preparing for an interview:
Dress appropriately and be punctual.
Conduct yourself in the most mature manner.
Always provide accurate and honest information.
Be prepared to provide a copy your class schedule, a resume, and references, if requested.
Relax and be yourself.
What Type Of Transportation Is Available?
Baltimore College Town Shuttle - The Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle is a free transportation service for students, staff, and faculty at six participating schools in the Baltimore region. No farecards, tickets, or special cards to ride the shuttle - simply use your college/university ID card to board the bus to visit a friend, get to an internship, or explore Baltimore's finest hotspots.
The Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle goes to six schools - Goucher College, Towson University, Loyola University Maryland, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Johns Hopkins University (Homewood Campus), and Morgan State University. In addition to the six schools, we stop at Towson Town Center, Penn Station, Towson Place Shopping Center, and Loch Raven Plaza.
The Career Education Office (CEO) at Goucher College abides by the principles set forth by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) and expects that employers who use the Center's services will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, sex, age, disability, or genetic information. All employment listings on the CEO platform are posted at the sole discretion of the Career Education Office.
The CEO is not responsible for the content of any linked site; the CEO provides these links only as a convenience and assumes no liability for acts or omissions by third parties or for any material supplied by them. Goucher is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of students to research the integrity and safety of the organizations to which they are applying. Students are advised to use caution and common sense when applying for any position with an organization and reach out to the CEO if they have concerns or questions.