Student employment

You can earn money for college by working up to 20 hours per week on campus. Students work in almost every campus office and the cafeteria, library, maintenance department and residence halls. Students are not automatically assigned to a job on campus, even if they have a work-study award noted on their FAFSA application. To search and apply for available on-campus employment, students can use their campus login to view on-campus job openings on Handshake, Northwestern's career management platform.

For questions or more information about student employment on campus, contact Sara Zomermaand in the Human Resources Office at or 712-707-7224.

All full- and half-time students can apply for campus jobs advertised through Handshake and specific departments. If your FAFSA application identifies you as a student with financial need, your work-study will be federally funded. If your FAFSA doesn't indicate financial need, your campus employment will be funded by NWC. Pre-employment forms (including a federal W-4, state W-4, and I-9 form) need to be completed before a student can start on-campus employment. Students can access these forms on the MyNWC portal page through the “Workstudy” tab. Additional information about on-campus employment is available there as well. Contact Sara Zomermaand ( or 712-707-7224) with questions or for more information.

Some students choose to work off campus in part-time jobs in the Orange City community. Information about part-time opportunities is posted on Handshake, Northwestern's career management platform. Students may also contact the Compass Center for Career & Calling to learn about more ways to find part-time, off-campus employment.