Student Employment and Workstudy

In addition to teaching and research assistantships, various part-time jobs are available at The Fletcher School and other areas of Tufts University. In addition, some students work off campus. Although some positions are limited to students who qualify for the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program, others are open to all. Students with jobs typically work between 10-12 hours a week both on and off campus. International students with an F-1 visa may work up to 20 hours a week on campus. Students typically earn $11-$15 per hour depending on job responsibilities. To search posted job opportunities at Fletcher and at Tufts, please access Fletcher Career Central (FCC).

At Fletcher, a limited number of teaching and research assistantships are available to second-year and doctoral students. Students may be employed by an individual professor or by one of the School’s research centers. Professors and research centers interview and select their own assistants. Teaching and research assistantships are treated as student employment at The Fletcher School. Assistantships do not reduce tuition fees. The stipend for assistantship positions is typically around $2,000.

Fletcher students may serve as teaching assistants at Tufts University in the undergraduate departments of Political Science, Economics, History, International Relations, and Modern Languages. These assistantships are normally awarded to second-year students, though occasionally first-year students are selected. Students interested in teaching assistantships should make inquiries directly to the individual departments at Tufts University as early as possible for full consideration. Fletcher students also serve as teaching assistants at other institutions in the Boston area.

Some Fletcher students find work opportunities off-campus. Please note that this option is not available for international students except for those in an authorized employment program (such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT)). International students may work up to 20 hours per week on-campus only. Off-campus salaries can often be higher than those found on-campus.

Students who work off-campus often have a previous relationship with an employer, for example as a former employee or summer intern. Recent employers have included non-profits, research institutes, local universities, and private companies. A few students do freelance writing or consultancy work.


Further Information

Federal Work Study (FWS) Program

Search For a Job – Fletcher Career Central

Hire a Student or Temp Employee

Submit Hours for Payment

Post an Employment Oppurtunity

Student Employment Manual


FAQs

What is Work Study?

Work Study is a form of Federal financial aid designed to assist U.S. citizens and permanent residents in meeting educational expenses. Awarded as a part of the financial aid package, work study awards are dispensed by Tufts Student Financial Services per semester. Students who accept this award utilize it through on- and off-campus employment. Students are paid each week for hours worked through their work study positions. On-campus work study positions are designated as such by various departments on the Tufts campuses. Off-campus work study positions are community service jobs at non-profit organizations that directly benefit the community, such as the America Reads Literacy Program. All community service sites are subject to approval by the Manager of Student Employment.

I was granted work study funds. Will I be assigned a job?

No. Students are responsible for finding their own jobs. Most job openings at Fletcher are announced via the official Fletcher email listserv. Incoming students will be added to this listserv by the start of classes. Available campus positions in Boston, Medford, Grafton, Somerville, and surrounding areas, are listed on the Tufts job posting web site.

Can I decline work study?

Yes. Students who are offered work study are not required to accept it. Students should notify Tufts Student Financial Services if they want to decline work study.

What about students who were not granted work study funds?

Students not eligible for work study can still obtain jobs by applying for positions that do not require work study allowances. Available campus positions in Boston, Medford, Grafton, Somerville, and surrounding areas, are listed on the job posting web site.

Where can I find a job?

Most job openings at are announced via the Fletcher Official email listserv. Incoming students will be added to this listserv by the start of classes. Available campus positions in Boston, Medford, Grafton, Somerville, and surrounding areas, are listed on the job posting web site.

I am an international student. Can I work?

Yes. International students with an F-1 visa may work up to 20 hours a week on campus. However, please note that most Fletcher students can realistically manage 8-12 hours per week. International students who would like to work on campus must have a U.S. Social Security Number. Applications for a Social Security Number may be made at the Social Security Office (10 Fawcett Street, First Floor, Cambridge, MA). International students should see Reiko Ohmura (Reiko.Ohmura@tufts.edu) in the Registrar’s Office to obtain a letter to submit to the Social Security Office along with the appropriate documents (passport, visa, and I-20 or DS2019).

How do I become a teaching or research assistant?

Professors at Fletcher and Tufts hire their own teaching and research assistants. These assistantships are normally awarded to second-year students, though occasionally first-year students are selected. Students interested in teaching assistantships should make inquiries directly to the individual departments at Tufts University as early as possible for full consideration. Fletcher students also serve as teaching assistants at other institutions in the Boston area.

Will working as a teaching or research assistant reduce my tuition?

No. Teaching and research assistantships are treated as student employment at The Fletcher School. Assistantships do not reduce tuition fees. The stipend for assistantship positions is typically around $2,000.

What is a realistic number of hours a Fletcher student can work each week?

Most Fletcher students who hold a part-time job work between 8-12 hours a week. Regardless of the number of jobs held, Tufts’ policy states that students are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week (part-time) during the academic year. International students with an F-1 visa may work up to 20 hours a week on campus.

What is the hourly rate for a student job?

Students typically earn between $11.00 – $16.00 per hour, depending on job responsibilities.

When can I work on campus?

After you have obtained a position and completed the necessary paperwork (if applicable), then you can begin working. The academic year work period normally begins the first Monday in September after the Labor Day holiday and continues until Graduation Day. Regardless of the number of jobs held, Tufts’ policy states that students are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week (part-time) during the academic year. During the summer and other semester breaks students are permitted to work up to 40 hours per week (full-time). The summer work period usually begins the Monday after Graduation Day and continues until the beginning of the academic year work period.

Do I need to fill out any employment papers?

If you will be working for the first time through the Tufts student payroll system either on-campus or at an approved off-campus community service location, you must fill out the following forms before you begin working:

  • Direct Deposit Form
  • I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form
  • W-4 Form
  • Foreign National Data Form (for international student only)

All of these forms can be downloaded from the Tufts Student Employment web site. If you are already in the payroll system (i.e. all of the above forms have been completed) and are switching jobs or departments, please update these aforementioned forms where applicable. Submit all forms to your hiring supervisor. In addition, submit time-sheets weekly to your supervisor to ensure proper payment.