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6 Lucrative Part-Time Jobs For International Students In The USA

January 2022

It is needless to mention how exorbitant it is regulating course fees, rent, and other living costs while studying across borders. Studying as an international student in the USA is no different.

Working part-time can not only help solve the budget constraint problem, but it is also a great way of improving your network and developing key skills that will amplify your CV. Part-time employment provides you with a comprehensive understanding of student culture, USA work regulations, and living.

According to the American student visa requirements, you are only permitted to work 20 hours a week and only on campus. When courses are in session, students can work up to 20 hours per week and up to 40 hours per week when classes are not in session.

Finding a part-time job as an international student in the USA can be a difficult task, but luckily, most universities offer a wide range of on-campus opportunities, including internships and part-time work.

With that in mind, here are 6 of the highest paying on-campus jobs for international students in the USA.

Part-Time Jobs for International Students in USA


1. Campus ambassador:

Also known as student ambassadors, campus ambassadors are found at every university.

Campus ambassadors are in charge of promoting/ advertising/informing about a product/service available on campus and showing prospective students why they should apply.

This is a great job for someone who likes meeting and interacting with new people and working in a team.

You may also be asked to give guided tours of the university campus on open days, sharing your own knowledge and other interesting facts about the university.

Average wage: $10.94 per hour

2. Barista:

If your university has an on-campus cafe, you can work as a barista at the college cafe and get your daily dose of caffeine for free apart from your regular work.

You can expect your days to be fast-paced and involve making hot and cold drinks, serving customers, and working as a cashier.

Average wage: $11.59 per hour

3. Research study assistant:

A research study assistant is one of the most rewarding part-time jobs for international students on-campus.

What the job necessitates, depends on which department you work for.

Generally, research assistants are called for in scientific laboratories. They surf the internet or other similar sources for information, statistics, surveys, to abet their research instructors. Research assistants are often required by novelists and newspaper reporters in order to detect and uncover fresh facts.

Excellent organizational skills, great interpersonal skills, and a genuine enthusiasm for research should be demonstrated to find work as a research study assistant.

Average wage: $15.48

4. Department assistant:

A department assistant is one of the best on-campus jobs in the USA for international students, and you will gain lots of transferable skills for your CV.

A department assistant is responsible for dispensing administrative and secretarial support, handling departmental matters as well providing support to specific teams or projects.

One should handle a variety of matters concerning the department apart from assisting in specific project teams or divisions.

To successfully apply for a department assistant job, you will need to be computer literate, and you should also be able to demonstrate good teamwork, time management, problem-solving, and communication skills.

Average wage: $16.44

5. Sales assistant / Store associates:

If your university has a mini supermarket or corner shop on-campus, it is another way to make some money alongside your studies.

In addition, many universities also have shops vending branded clothing and merchandise, another good source of part-time work as an international student.

A store associate's role is to be of service to customers and supply them with the requisite product information. Depending on stay location, you can work in neighbouring Walmarts, food shops, and so on.

Average wage: $20.00 per hour

6. Tutor or peer mentor:

A peer tutor is the one who teaches someone who is also a student. The working hours are flexible. The prime role of a peer tutor is to provide distinguished content, create and maintain a tutoring schedule, maintain confidentiality with the tutee, provide study material, and more. Colleges that place a lot of importance on athletic programs usually recruit tutors to work with athletes who do not get enough time to devote to studies.

Average wage: $21.31 per hour

For further assistance or queries students can contact us, Edwise International and avail our wide range of services for students on destinations like study in UK, study in USA, study in Canada, study in Australia, study in New-Zealand, study in Singapore, study in Ireland and many other countries.

Jobs for International Students in USA

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