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Roughly 2,500 IUPUI students work on campus in a given year and are employed in all 17 schools and academic units and across over 140 individual departments. IUPUI students also work across the Indianapolis community in local businesses and organizations, bringing valuable educational experiences to benefit private and public sectors and complementing their studies. The IUPUI Office of Student Employment considers all working IUPUI students as “student employees.”

Types of On-Campus Student Employment Positions

Students working on the IUPUI campus generally fall into the following types of positions:

  • Work-Study (WSU): The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides part-time employment to students needing earnings to help meet the cost of attendance at IUPUI. Most on-campus departments are eligible to employ students through the FWS program and are responsible for only 25% of the students’ wages. Click here for additional information on the FWS program and visit the IU Policies for Temporary Employees. 
  • Internships: Students may work in a student temporary or work-study position and be considered an intern. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, internships in general should be an extension of the student’s educational experience and of primary benefit to the student. Click here for additional information from the U.S. Department of Labor. Students in on-campus internships may or may not receive academic credit from their degree-granting school for an internship. Generally, IUPUI students are responsible for arranging a credit-bearing internship to meet the requirements of their degree-granting school.  

Types of Off-Campus Student Employment Positions

IUPUI students working in the Indianapolis community generally fall into the following types of positions:

  • Part-Time Hourly: Off-campus employers employ IUPUI students in a variety of roles and positions in the community. These part-time positions are paid 100% by the organization.
  • Community Work-Study (CWS): CWS is a type of Federal Work-Study Program position in which students with a work-study award work for IUPUI-approved community organizations. Organizations are responsible for only 25% of the students’ wages. Click here for additional information on the CWS program and to become an approved CWS employer.
  • Internships: Students may work off campus and be considered an intern. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, internships in general should be an extension of the student’s educational experience and of primary benefit to the student. Click here for additional information from the U.S. Department of Labor. Students may or may not receive academic credit from their degree-granting schools for an internship, and many employers have requirements around internships. Generally, IUPUI students are responsible for arranging a credit-bearing internship to meet the requirements of their degree-granting schools.  

International Students

Nearly 5% of IUPUI students represent more than 140 countries around the world and bring valuable experience and perspectives to on-campus departments and community organizations. The IUPUI Office of International Affairs provides assistance and information to departments and employers in a variety of areas, including hiring international students and addressing needs that may arise when working with international students. Please visit this link for specific information on hiring international students.  

Generally speaking, international students may work on campus, for IUPUI-affiliated locations (e.g., IUPUI labs or offices located off campus), and for companies that contract with IUPUI to directly serve students (e.g., bookstore or cafeteria). Please visit this link for additional information provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and contact the IUPUI Office of International Affairs with questions.

Position Title and Function Library

To best capture the essence of a student employee’s role in a specific position, use the suggested job titles and function guidance listed below. A balance must be struck to assign a title that accurately represents the role and responsibilities while also ensuring the title does not compete against full-time employment considerations and regulations.

Acceptable Job Titles

  • Office support assistant, administrative assistant, receptionist, front office assistant
  • Peer advisor, peer career coach, paraprofessional education coordinator
  • Research assistant, lab assistant
  • Tutor, mentor, academic success coach, resident assistant
  • Assistant webmaster, web accessibility intern, data analyst assistant
  • Marketing intern, media coordination associate, event planning assistant
  • Program assistant, development assistant, student employment program intern
  • Student communication coordinator, student operations coordinator

Unacceptable Job Titles

  • Work-study student (describes the funding source, not the essence of the role)
  • Hourly student employee (describes how the student is paid, not the essence of the role)
  • IT support (describes the function, but is not a title)
  • Student assistant (describes the role, but could benefit from specificity, such as “advising student assistant”)

For additional support with types of student employees, positions, and crafting a meaningful and accurate job title, please contact future@iupui.edu.