Student Employment

Student Employment at Goucher College provides students an opportunity to be employed in a wide variety of roles across many different departments on campus. In addition to the financial benefits, on campus jobs help students develop both specific and transferable professional skills. Goucher Student Employment policies and procedures described below apply to all student employees.

If you have questions about student employment at Goucher please contact the CEO at 410-337-6191 or career@goucher.edu.

Working on Campus

Federal Work Study

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.

Required Paperwork

Students interested in on-campus employment must complete the following required employment forms before starting work.  

Students may obtain and/or submit employment paperwork at the Office of Human Resources (Dorsey Center 100) between 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. 

I-9 FormFederal 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: The W-4 form is 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.

MW-507 Form: 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.

For questions about the required forms for on-campus employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, hr@goucher.edu.

Important Policies

  • Students must complete new hire paperwork with Human Resources PRIOR to beginning any work.
  • Students may not work more than 2 on-campus jobs at the same time*

* Students may apply to the Supplemental Work Program which enables approved students to work a total of 3 on-campus jobs. See SWP section below.

  • During the academic year (throughout fall and spring semesters) students may not work more than 20 hours per week (40 hours per pay period) inclusive of all on-campus jobs. Students may not exceed 990 hours of work in a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

*Students who hold the position of Resident Assistant (RA) may not exceed more than 10 hours a week in any other campus job

  • During winter break and summer break students may not work more than 29 hours per week (58 hours per pay period) inclusive of all on-campus jobs.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time (in at least 12 credits) to be eligible to work an on-campus job.
  • Students may not work or report hours while studying abroad.

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 $12.50/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 $14.50/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.), Goucher Guide

Temporary jobs: Last no more than 4 weeks, and do not count towards the 2 job limit.

  • Examples include: Alumnae/i Weekend Student Workers

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.

Application Process


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.

Application Deadline


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.

Evaluation Criteria


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

  • Creative pursuit

Further criteria in which to view and analyze portfolios submitted to the SWP:

  1. How closely the submitted portfolio represents a professional resume. This includes analysis of format, grammar, and structure of submitted documents.

  2. How genuine and honest the submitted Statement for Resource is (described below). A student will not be penalized for an initial lack of experience.

  3. 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.

  4. The entire portfolio should be evaluated with the lens of “work ethic”.

 

Getting Hired

How do I find a Job?

Handshake

All on-campus positions are posted through the CEO’s online jobs and internship database, Handshake. You can use the job search filters to view only On-campus Student Employment jobs. Most on-campus jobs are posted around the beginning of the fall semester with another slight increase in postings going up around the beginning of the spring semester. In order to apply for jobs in Handshake you will need to have an approved resume in the system, so uploading your resume is the first step in the process.

If you’d like to find out more information about on-campus jobs you should consider talking to your classmates about their on-campus jobs, talking to faculty or staff members about hiring needs, or stopping by an office on campus to see if they hire students.

How Do I Get Hired?

The hiring process can be different for each department, but most supervisors will want to conduct an interview with you. Interviews may be conducted in person, on the phone, or online. Interviews for student employment positions can sometimes be less formal than other job interviews, 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.

How Do I Get Paid?

In order to get paid you will need to ensure that you have accurately reported your time on your timesheet. Student employees 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 when you’re not on campus to collect a check.

  • 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.

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.

What If I Don't Get Hired?

There are a finite number of on-campus jobs available but jobs may be posted at any time. If you are unable to find an on-campus job you are encouraged to keep checking Handshake, especially around the start of a new semester. You should also consider working with the CEO to make sure your resume and interview skills are putting you in the best position to land an on-campus job.  

Additionally, 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 contains 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!

Handshake

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.

QuadJobs

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 career@goucher.edu 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 career@goucher.edu. 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.

Attire/Professionalism/Etiquette Info


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?

The Towson Loop is a free circulator bus service with stops all over the Towson area. Check the website for route maps.

The Maryland Transit Administration offers fare-based bus, light rail, and subway services to a wide variety of neighborhoods in and around Baltimore.

Baltimore College Town 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.

 

Disclaimer

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.