Employment Opportunities

Finding Employment

The Student Employment Office is instrumental in helping students locate jobs; however, the office does not place students in jobs.

Students seeking FWS jobs on-campus and off-campus should check the Job Vacancy Board at the Department of Student Financial Aid or visit the Career Center online at career.msstate.edu. These postings are updated daily.

Students seeking employment are encouraged to begin job searching as soon as possible.

Students will need to follow the procedures as indicated to set up interviews with prospective employers.

Students may also contact university departments of their choosing about other possible job openings.

Students with FWS awards are expected to report to their employing department during the first two days of the semester.

Types of Jobs Available

Students may select from a variety of jobs to meet their interests, skills, and career plans. Federal Work-Study jobs may be located on campus or off campus. If you work off campus, in a community service job, the work performed must be in the public interest.

On-Campus Employment

Working on campus is a great option because university employers are often more flexible about scheduling your work hours around your class schedule.

Each semester there are numerous job opportunities available to students on campus. These jobs range from clerical and office assistants, library clerks, food service workers, lab assistants, etc.

These jobs usually provide students with valuable work experience they will need as they pursue their career goals.

Off-Campus Employment - Community Service

Community Service is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others and for students to earn their Work-Study award at the same time. Students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study may elect to work with children in the community (such as local elementary schools) to assist with tutoring in the areas of reading and math.

Community service is defined as services designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. The service provided by the Work-Study employee must be in the public interest, meaning it primarily benefits the community.

Through this program, students gain valuable experience while earning money to help finance their education. The goal is to create in the student an awareness of social responsibility and its importance to the life of the community.

Community services jobs include opportunities to work in areas of health care, child care, support services to students with disabilities, tutoring, mentoring, and neighborhood improvement.

FWS - Employment Opportunities

  • Log on to Career Center at career.msstate.edu
  • Select Connections Login
  • Select Student Login
  • Enter Username (MSU Net-ID) and Password
  • Select Jobs
  • On Jobs Tab
  • Select Position Type: Federal Work-Study
  • Search
  • The Career Center also offers valuable resources on Interviewing and Resumes

Hiring and Employment Process

All students who plan to work for MSU are required to complete the following forms prior to employment. All of these forms will be provided to you by the hiring department.

  • Employment Action Form (EAF)
  • I-9 with corresponding documentation
  • Tax documents, Form W-4 and Mississippi Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate
  • Direct Deposit or Pay Card form
  • Personal Demographic Data Form
  • Criminal Background Check