Student Employment Funding

Last year Suffolk University employed over 1500 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. A growing number of federal work study recipients also elect to work off campus in nonprofit or community service positions.

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.

Learn more about the process for international student employment funding.

Job Opportunities

The Work Study Program is a federally subsidized employment program which provides job opportunities to students to help meet educational costs. Federal Work Study is the largest student employment program offered by Suffolk University, and is available to full and part time students. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need and priority is given to those students who indicate they are interested in employment on the FAFSA.

If you have been awarded federal work study as part of your financial aid package, you are eligible to apply for jobs listed on the Work Study Job List [PDF]. New incoming students who have been awarded employment funds will receive employment paperwork in the mail, and returning students will need to visit the Office of Student Financial Services to pick up their forms. *Please note- if you are returning to the same department where you worked the previous academic year, your forms will be automatically sent to your supervisor.

Students with work study awards are welcome to contact the supervisors listed on the work study job list to apply for the opening. DO NOT contact the supervisor if you have not already been awarded work study funding.

Supervisors will confirm the student they wish to hire has employment funding BEFORE offering a position. Students can verify their employment awards by obtaining an Employment Authorization from the Office of Student Financial Services. If a student or their supervisor has questions on funding availability, they should contact The Office of Student Financial Services.

If you are having difficulty finding placement:
Please contact Hilary Haley in the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-573-8470 and she may be able to assist you with your job search strategy.

Do not wait until weeks after the semester begins to seek help, as it may be too late! Jobs at Suffolk are limited so make sure you put yourself in the best possible position to get hired!

Off-Site Community Service Work Study:

Suffolk students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) can choose to use the award to work off-campus at an eligible public or 501(c)(3) organization that provides jobs to serve the public interest and improve the quality of life for the community.

Participating agencies will be responsible for 25% of the student’s earnings, and must sign a Federal Work Study Contract.

Suffolk University Employment is an institutional employment program awarded to students as part of their financial aid package. Students who wish to be considered for employment may appeal in writing to the Office of Student Financial Services. We will try our best to accommodate your request, however funding is limited and there is no guarantee that you will be awarded.

If you have been awarded student employment as part of your financial aid package, you are eligible to apply for jobs listed on the student employment job list will be available the second week of August. New incoming students who have been awarded employment funds will receive employment paperwork in the mail, and returning students will need to visit the Office of Student Financial Services to pick up their forms. *Please note- if you are returning to the same department where you worked the previous academic year, your forms will be automatically sent to your supervisor.

Students who have student employment awards are welcome to contact the supervisors listed on the student employment job list to apply for the opening. DO NOT contact the supervisor if you have not already been awarded student employment funding.

Supervisors will confirm the student they wish to hire has employment funding BEFORE offering a position. Students can verify their employment awards by obtaining an Employment Authorization from the Office of Student Financial Services. If a student or their supervisor has questions on funding availability, they should contact The Office of Student Financial Services.

If you are having difficulty finding placement, please contact Hilary Haley in the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-573-8470 and she may be able to assist you with your job search strategy.

Do not wait until weeks after the semester begins to seek help, as it may be too late! Jobs at Suffolk are limited so make sure you put yourself in the best possible position to get hired!

Each year the CAS Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) provides funding for selected CAS faculty to hire a research assistant to work on a new or ongoing research project. Research assistant positions are open to any full-time CAS student in good standing. 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 which contains job description and faculty contact information for all available FRAP opportunities for the upcoming academic year.

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

The CAS Teaching Assistant Program (TAP) provides funding for selected CAS faculty to hire a teaching assistant for a high enrollment course. TA funding is restricted 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 which contains course descriptions and faculty contact information for all available TAP opportunities for the upcoming semester.

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

Geno A. Ballotti Scholars will provide a broad range of tutoring and academic support services to students in the Center for Learning and Academic Success. The responsibilities of this position include tutoring, leading study groups, offering guidance on good study practices, and providing support to the Center for Learning and Academic Success.

Recipients will receive an award of $5,100 for the academic year: $1,800 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $3,300 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked. 

Contact the Center for Learning and Academic Success for more details and separate application.

Students selected for this scholarship program are required to work 300 hours to support University sponsored service programs. Recipients are selected by a committee on the basis of community service involvement and merit. Only rising full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors, who have been enrolled at Suffolk University Boston full-time at least one year prior to applying, are eligible.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The award amount is $5,600 per academic year; $3,000 is posted as a grant to the student's tuition account and $2,600 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked. The selection process takes place in the spring for the following academic year.

Contact the Center for Community Engagement for more details.

Commuter Ambassadors (CA) help students transition to college life and serve as a mentor and resource for students who commute to campus. Responsibilities include participation in CA training and the summer housing search program. CA students will also communicate with assigned first year students prior to their arrival on campus and maintain active contact with an assigned group of first year commuters.

Recipients will receive an award of $5,100 for the academic year: $1,800 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $3,300 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked. 

Contact The Off-Campus Housing Office for more details and separate application.

This program is only available to students currently enrolled in the Engineering Program. Students will be notified if eligible.

The Suffolk University Peer-Health Education Resource (SUPERS) extend health and wellness education to the Suffolk community. SUPERS provide one on one counseling to fellow students who have sensitive health-related questions, lead and sponsor educational programming, disseminate accurate health information on campus, and provide referrals to on and off campus servicers.

Recipients will receive an award of $5,100 for the academic year: $1,800 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $3,300 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked.

Visit the Peer-Health Educators (SUPERS) page for more details and separate application.

Hub Scholars serve as information contacts for Suffolk University community members while working at the Suffolk University Hub desk. Duties include ticket sales, managing the Hub information booth, and semester T pass distribution.

Recipients will receive an award of $5,100 for the academic year: $1,800 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $3,300 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked.

Contact the Campus Card Services Office at 617-570-4882.

Modern Language Assistants will tutor fellow students enrolled in language programs. Recipients of this award will also conduct weekly conversation tables and review sessions, grade students workbooks, and help students with writing assignments.

Recipients will receive an award of $4,000 for the academic year: $2,000 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $2,000 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked.

Contact the World Languages and Cultural Studies Department for more details and separate application.

NESAD Ambassadors are responsible for handling and installing artwork, assisting gallery artists, supervising print presses, and assisting with print techniques. NESAD Ambassadors are also responsible for office duties.

Recipients will receive an award of $5,100 for the academic year: $1,800 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $3,300 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked. 

Contact NESAD for more details and separate application.

Orientation Scholars assist all new students with their transition to Suffolk. Recipients of this award serve as group leaders, contacts between departments, registration assistants, and positive role models. Orientation Scholars help to plan and facilitate, as well as participate in, an extensive training program beginning in the spring semester and continuing through summer and January orientation sessions.

Recipients will receive an award of $5,100 for the academic year: $1,800 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $3,300 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked. 

Contact Orientation and New Student Programs for more details and separate application.

Sawyer Ambassadors provide support to the Sawyer Business School. Recipients of this award build community among undergraduates, identify and address unmet student needs, and function as student ambassadors in the Suffolk and external communities.

Recipients will receive an award of $5,100 for the academic year: $1,800 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $3,300 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked. 

Contact The Sawyer Business School Dean’s Office for more details and separate application.

Trustee Ambassadors provide a student perspective for families as they navigate the admission process, conduct weekly campus tours, speak at admission events, and support the daily workings of the Undergraduate Admission office. This group is integral to the recruiting process and must be knowledgeable about the University, articulate, reliable, positive, and most importantly, understanding of prospective students’ needs.

Recipients will receive an award of $5,100 for the academic year: $1,800 is posted as a grant to the student’s tuition account and $3,300 is awarded as employment, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis for hours worked. 

Contact The Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more details and separate application.