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International Student & Scholar Services


On Campus Employment Options

F-1 Students

As an F-1 student, you are permitted to work on-campus while attending school.  Employment must not exceed 20 hours a week while school is in session.  During designated school breaks you are allowed to work up to 40 hours a week.  You must report to ISS and get an on-campus work authorization form before starting work.

J-1 Students: 

As a J-1 student you may be allowed to work on campus as well.  You must first determine if your visa sponsor will allow you to participate in on-campus employment  You would only be allowed to work 20 hours a week while school is in session, and up to 40 hours a week when school is not in session.  Please see an International Student Advisor for more information.

Here are just some ideas for finding an on campus job: 


Work Clinic

ISSS offers Work Clinics several times a semester to provide F-1 students on information on Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and the application process for Optional Practical Training (OPT). 


CPT Work Clinics Click Here

OPT Work Clinics Click Here​

ISSS also offers work clinics for J-1 student interested in Academic Training.  We recommend making an appointment with an International Services Specialist  to discuss this option in detail.

Tax Information

Taxes are due each April.  All international students are responsible for filing a tax return each year, even if you have not had any employment. 

J-1 students that are sponsored by a third party (Fulbright, AmidEast, AmericanCouncils, etc) should check with their sponsors regarding taxes.



E-Verify Program: The University of Colorado is a Federal Contract E-Verify employer, but only employees hired into a position funded by a Federal Contract with the FAR E-Verify clause will be verified in the E-Verify program. In that case, we will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

For purposes of employment using F-1 STEM OPT employment authorization through Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), however, the University is NOT considered to be an E-Verify employer since not all new University employees are being verified through the E-Verify program.

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