All on-campus student positions are posted through the online job portal, Handshake. With Handshake, students will be able to explore and apply to on-campus jobs and internships. To widen or limit the scope of your job search, use the Handshake filter system or search by entering keywords.
Find student employment opportunities with Handshake.
Q: What is my employment type?
A: Casual/restricted is an appointment type that is reserved for a registered undergraduate or graduate student of the University of California. Casual/restricted appointments assist students in gaining work experience and financial support while pursuing their educational objectives. The number of working hours must take into consideration the student’s educational workload.
A casual/restricted appointee may be released at any time at the discretion of the University; however, the appointee must be notified of an early release in writing by the University. A casual/restricted appointment will automatically terminate on the last day of the appointment unless there is an earlier separation or formal extension of the appointment in writing.
Employment eligibility depends upon a student paying UC San Diego student services fees each quarter working. For summer employment, a student must have paid the prior spring quarter's UC San Diego student services fees or be a new fall quarter admit or readmit student.
Q: Where can I find on-campus jobs?
A: To search for on-campus jobs, use Handshake which has a variety of on-campus jobs (including work-study), and off-campus full-time, part-time, and internship positions.
Q: How many hours can I work as a student?
A: Students are non-exempt employees and, in the case of undergrads, may work up to 40 hours/week. At 20+ hours/week, students accrue and may use sick leave.
If a student works 20+ hours/week for 6 consecutive months, beginning on the 7th month, the student will accrue and may use vacation. Students may then be eligible for additional healthcare coverage according to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
If a student works 30+ hours each week and/or if they are enrolled in less than 6 units, DCP (Defined Contribution Plan) will be withheld from their paycheck. Although students may work up to and including 40 hours/week, the total number of hours a student may work in all positions combined is up to the department’s discretion and/or needs.
*International Students with work authorization are limited to work 20 hours/week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours/week in the summer. Please check with the International Students Program Office for additional information regarding your work authorization.
Q: How do I find an On-Campus Job as an International Student?
Q: What is STDT 2/3/4?
A: The student assistant series is comprised of 3 levels. These levels are based on the duties performed within the student job title.
- Assistant 2 (STDT 2) 4921 by agreement, $13.00 – $18.20/hr as of 12/29/19: Under supervision, Assistant 2's perform a variety of clerical and/or manual related duties which are usually semi-skilled in nature and do not require extensive skill, training, or experience.
- Assistant 3 (STDT 3) 4920 by agreement, $13.50 – $19.30/hr as of 12/29/19: Under general supervision, Assistant 3's perform a variety of skilled duties in support of academic research projects, student advising, and contact with the public; perform clerical and manual duties requiring limited use of specialized skills; and may, in addition, coordinate the work of a group of lower-level assistants. Assistant 3 class is distinguished from the Assistant 2 class by the greater use of specialized skills and/or the responsibility for coordinating the work of one or more groups of assistants.
- Assistant 4 (STDT 4) 4919 by agreement, $14.00 – $20.40/hr as of 12/29/19: Under general supervision, Assistant 4's perform a variety of complex duties in support of academic research projects; perform clerical, manual, advising and/or public contact duties which require the use of specialized skills; and may, in addition, coordinate the work of a group of lower-level assistants. The Assistant 4 class is distinguished from the Assistant 3 class by the greater degree of complexity involved in research and related assignments, more frequent use of specialized skills, and/or the responsibility for coordinating the work of a larger group of assistants.
Note: Specific examples of job duties are defined by the individual department and are listed in the job description.
Q: What do I do if I have a problem or conflict with my employer?
A: Find resources on how to handle conflict in the workplace and how to interact with different personalities. If you have any questions or concerns about resolving conflicts, please contact the Student Employment Manager, Mary Lewis by email or phone at 858-534-0150. The Student Employment Office is here as a resource for YOU.
Here are some additional resources:
- Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy, (858) 534-8298, deals with issues that involve unwanted sexual attention.
- Office of the Ombuds, (858) 534-0777, an alternate channel for confidential, neutral, and informal dispute resolution
Q: What happens if I am injured while working?
A: First make sure to notify your immediate supervisor, and get to medical assistance if needed. You will also need to contact the Workers’ Compensation office at (858) 534-4785.
Q: Where do I find my W2's? (and/or other tax related questions)
If you did not choose online delivery of your W-2 through AYSO, a copy will be mailed to the permanent mailing address listed on your hiring paperwork.
For any additional tax related questions, refer to the IRS website.
Q: Who is eligible to be employed on-campus?
A: In order to work on-campus students must pay UCSD Student Services Fees each quarter working (must have paid Spring UCSD student services fees or be a new or readmit UC student Fall quarter to work summer).
Q: What documents can I use for employment eligibility verification?
A: Examples of the most common forms of identification: Driver’s License or State or School ID Card AND a Birth Certificate or Social Security Card OR a current US Passport or Permanent Resident Alien Card. For more information on which documents are acceptable, click here.
Note: All forms of identifications must be the originals, no copies may be accepted.
Getting Paid FAQs
Q: When do I get paid? When is My Time/my timesheet due?
A: UCSD Payroll can be either on a biweekly or monthly system, depending on your employment. Click here for a list of current, future, and past payroll calendars. Due dates for paper time sheets will vary. Contact your supervisor or department timekeeper if you have any questions.
REMEMBER: If you turn in your My Time or timesheet late, you might not be paid on time.
Q: How will I be paid?
A: In order to be paid, student workers in the student assistant series (STDT 2/3/4) must either enroll in direct deposit with a financial institution of their choice OR they will be enrolled to receive their wages via the Aline ADP pay card. Please consult your department Human Resources for additional information.
Q: How do I sign up for direct deposit?
A: For directions on how to enroll in payroll direct deposit, click here. After the current pay period, you should receive your paycheck via direct deposit.
Q: What is the ALINE ADP pay card and how can I sign up for it?
A: In order to be paid, student workers in the student assistant series (STDT 2/3/4) must either enroll in direct deposit with a financial institution of their choice OR they will be enrolled to receive their wages via the ALINE ADP pay card.
The ALINE ADP pay card provides a safe and convenient alternative to traditional paper checks. It is sustainable and you do not need to worry about your checks being lost, stolen, or sent to the wrong department. Through the ALINE ADP pay card, money is directly deposited into an account at an FDIC-insured bank and can be accessed through All point ATMs or by withdrawing cash from a Visa participating bank.
Find out more information about the ALINE ADP pay card or sign up here.
If you do not wish to use the ALINE ADP pay card, remember to enroll in direct deposit.
*Since International Students are not eligible for ALINE ADP pay cards, please contact your department HR administrator for assistance.
Q: How much can I expect to be paid?
A: The minimum wage on campus is $13.00 (effective 12/29/19), the exact rate is based on your job functions and the STDT classification.
Payroll Deduction FAQs
Q: What is DCP?
A: DCP is a qualified retirement plan and is the university equivalent to FICA.
Under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, (FICA) every employer is responsible for taking federal payroll taxes out of employee’s compensation for Social Security and Medicare. The California State Assembly authorized the University to mandate that employees who are not members of the University of California Retirement Plan become “safe harbor” participants in the DCP, in lieu of contributing to Social Security.
Fortunately, students can be exempt from both taxes if they are registered for at least half-time (6 units at UCSD) AND working less than 80% (less than 64 hours over a two week pay period).
If a student is not registered at least 6 units AND/OR is working more than 64 hours over a two week pay period, they will no longer be exempt and DCP will be deducted from their check. Students who loose exemption status will have 7.5% of their gross wages deducted for DCP and 1.45% deducted for Medicare.
*All international students (F-1 and J-1 visas) who are nonresident aliens (for U.S. tax purposes only) are exempt from DCP.
Q: Who is exempt from DCP / Medicare deductions? Am I still exempt during the summer?
A: Students are exempt from DCP/Medicare deductions if they are registered for at least half-time (6 units at UCSD) AND working less than 80% (less than 64 hours over a two week pay period). All international students (F-1 and J-1 visas) who are nonresident aliens (for U.S. tax purposes only) are also exempt.
In order to stay in safe harbor and not have DCP/Medicare deducted from your check over the summer, you must be enrolled at least half-time (6 units each summer sessions) and work less than 80% (less than 64 hours over a two week pay period).
Q: What do I do if DCP/Medicare was taken out of my paycheck in error?
A: If you are enrolled at least half-time (6 units at UCSD) and working less than 80% (less than 64 hours over a two week pay period) then DCP/Medicare should NOT be taken from your check. If DCP/Medicare was taken out of your check in error, contact your Department Timekeeper for next steps.
Q: What does a DCP/Medicare deduction look like on my paycheck?
A: In your earnings statement, there will be an explanation under “Deduction” that an amount has been withheld for “DCPSAFEHRB” or “MEDICARE.” Don’t know how to view your earnings statement? Find out how to here.
Q: Can I get the money taken for DCP back? What do I do once I graduate?
A: Once a person is no longer a student, they may request a distribution, arrange for a direct rollover to a traditional IRA/other employer plan, or keep the money in the Plan if the balance is at least $2,000. For any of these, please contact Fidelity.
Note: If you are under the age of 59 ½ and you request a distribution, or have the money paid back to you, 20% will be withheld for federal taxes. The money will be subject to a 10% federal tax and a 2.5% California state tax early distribution penalty in addition to ordinary income taxes. DCP is withheld on a pre-tax basis and becomes taxable income in the year it is distributed. A student who receives a distribution during the year will receive a tax statement (IRS Form 1099R) by January 31 of the next year.
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