Hire a Student


To be eligible for student employment, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled in an educational institution at least half-time (6 undergraduate credits; 4.5 graduate credits) during the academic year. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Human Resources & Diversity.
  • International Students are eligible for on-campus Regular Pay positions only and are limited by law to a maximum of 20 hour per week during the academic semesters.
  • University policy prohibits the hiring of a student who is related to the faculty or staff member serving as the hiring authority for the position involved.
  • Students must be at least 16 years of age.

Maximum Hours of Work

During the Fall and Spring semesters, a student may not exceed 25 hours per week in total hours. This means students who are working in more than one department must monitor their hours to ensure they do not exceed the 25 hours per-week limit.  International students are limited by law to 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. All students may work up to 40 hours per week during the summer and the weeks when there is not a full schedule of classes. Please refer to this ACA Calendar.

Hiring During the Summer

Eligibility for summer employment extends to (a) students enrolled for the summer term, (b) students enrolled during the prior spring term who are returning for the fall semester or (c) new students accepted for the next fall term. *Please refer to the UW System website for more details.

* An acceptance letter is only valid if the student is going to be a new freshman or transfer student in the fall term and has not yet attended orientation (Warhawks SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) session in the summer).


  • Depending upon the dates of employment, all non UW-Whitewater students are required to provide a summer and/or fall class schedule to Human Resources & Diversity as proof of enrollment.
  • By law, Social Security and Medicare tax deductions will be taken from the students' paychecks during the summer if they are not enrolled in classes. If there is a change in enrollment status, students must notify Human Resources & Diversity immediately. 
  • Any student who graduates at the end of the Spring semester is terminated, unless they are returning as a graduate student in the summer and/or fall term. If they are not returning as a student, they may be rehired as a University Staff Temporary Employee (USTE). The hiring manager must contact Human Resources & Diversity to initiate this process. 

Hiring Process

It is the responsibility of the hiring manager to ensure the hiring packet is completed accurately and in its entirely prior to submitting to Human Resources & Diversity. Please note that students may not work until all required forms are submitted to HR&D.

When hiring a student who has not previously been employed by the University, submit an online Hire Request via the Student Employment Tool (SET). A complete hiring packet consists of the following:

  • Completed I-9 Form verifying the employment eligibility (including copies you made of the original documents).
  • Completed W-4 form for payroll tax purposes.
  • Completed Direct Deposit Form. Per UW policy, all employees are required to receive their pay via direct deposit.
  • Completed ACA Acknowledgement Letter.
  • Completed Criminal Background Check for student employees working with children, cash, and/or keys.

The process for hiring a student who has previously been employed by the university within a year is as follows::

  • Submit a Rehire Request via the Student Employment Tool (SET)
    • If there has been a break in employment longer than one year, all new hire paperwork is required (I-9, W4, Direct Deposit Form, and Criminal Background check form).
    • Ensure that an ACA Acknowledgement Letter has been submitted to Human Resources.

Hiring an International Student:  Please refer to http://www.uww.edu/Documents/adminaffairs/HR Diversity/Process for Hiring an International Student.pdf