Work Awards

Last year Suffolk University employed over 1,500 students in various capacities throughout the University and at approved off-campus sites. Almost every office/department on campus hires student workers.

Students assume a wide range of job responsibilities and provide support in numerous areas including clerical, customer service, research, administrative, student services and enrollment management.

This site will provide you with information on the types of employment available at Suffolk, the required paperwork to begin working, and the procedures and guidelines for student employees.

If you are a supervisor of student employees, please review the policies and procedures for hiring student workers.

Research assistant positions are open to any full-time CAS student in good standing through the Faculty Research Assistant Program (FRAP). Applicants interview with and are selected by the supervising faculty member. Students interested in applying for an FRAP position with a CAS faculty member should consult the CAS Research Assistant List for job description and faculty contact information.

View the CAS Faculty Research Assistant positions [PDF] for the 2021-22 academic year.

Teaching Assistant funding is provided through the Teaching Assistant Program (TAP) to full-time CAS undergraduates with senior status or full-time graduate students in CAS graduate programs. TA candidates must be in good academic standing; a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The TA award is based on a maximum 10-hour per week commitment for the 15-week fall semester.

TA applicants interview with and are selected by the supervising faculty member. Students interested in applying for a TA position with a CAS faculty member should consult the CAS Teaching Assistant List, for course descriptions and faculty contact information.

CAS Teaching Assistant List for Fall 2021 [PDF].

Students will be awarded employment funding if selected for a CAS Teaching Assistant position, so no prior employment award is needed.

Some administrative offices offer fellowship opportunities to graduate students, often for the entire academic year. The Graduate Fellowship Opportunities listing is updated as new positions become available.

View the Spring 2022 Fellowship Opportunities [PDF].

Please note the following:

  • Fellowships consist of a grant and employment award. The recipient may not reject the employment portion of the award and keep the grant portion. Students must work their required weekly hours or risk having the grant reduced or revoked. The grant portion of the award is directly credited to the recipient’s tuition account; the employment award is paid through bi-weekly paychecks.
  • Fellowships are only awarded for the fall and spring semesters; summer funding is not available.
  • In order to begin working, additional employment paperwork must be completed (including authorization, I-9, W-4, direct deposit form, etc.).
  • Fellowships are typically renewable for up to four full-time semesters, provided the recipient meets the renewal requirements (e.g., satisfactory job performance, academic progress, enrollment status, etc.).
  • A student may only accept one fellowship, and all students are limited to a maximum of 20 hours of employment per week.
  • If a student receives a CAS merit grant and a full-time Administrative fellowship, the CAS grant will be reduced by 50%.
  • If a student receives a CAS merit grant and a part-time Administrative fellowship, the CAS grant will be reduced by 25%.
  • SBS Graduate Grants may be impacted if the recipient is awarded an Administrative Fellowship. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for details.

Award Details

Your Graduate Fellowship award consists of a grant and employment. The grant portion of the award will be credited directly to your tuition account, with half the amount posted each semester.

If you choose to accept the Fellowship Employment, it will be paid to you in a bi-weekly paycheck via direct deposit.

Employment Award

Fellowship placement information and paperwork will be mailed to students along with their award letter by the Office of Student Financial Services. The Sawyer Business School Dean’s Office will coordinate the placement of students in their respective departments. It is imperative that students return their employment placement paperwork to the Dean’s Office in a timely manner to ensure that they are provided with a department assignment.

If you received an employment award of $6,200 for the year, your estimated weekly hours are as follows:

Semester Hours per week
Fall: $3,100 13-14
Spring: $3,100 13-14

If you received an employment award of $4,650 for the year, your estimated weekly hours are as follows:

Semester Hours per week
Fall: $2,325 10-11
Spring: $2,325 10-11

If you received an employment award of $3,100 for the year, your estimated weekly hours are as follows:

Semester Hours per week
Fall: $1,550 6-7
Spring: $1,550 6-7

Renewal

Renewal of Sawyer Business school fellowships is possible based on satisfactory performance and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Please note, fellowship awards are available to full-time students for only two consecutive years (four semesters), provided they meet all renewal requirements.

In addition, if you graduate, withdraw, take a leave of absence, or enroll below half-time status, you are no longer entitled to this funding. A change in your enrollment status can impact your award, so be sure to check your award letter for the required enrollment status and register for the appropriate credits prior to the close of each “Add/Drop period”. If renewed, fellowship amounts remain the same and will not be revised to reflect any annual tuition increase.