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Employment for international students in the United States is restricted by law.
Students who receive authorization to work on-campus from the College (as recorded in your acceptance letter) and who maintain status may, according to CIS regulations, work no more than 20 hours per week while school is in session and no more than 40 hours per week during fall break, winter break, spring break or summer. The College further restricts the number of hours of on-campus employment during the academic year to 10 hours per week and 37.5 hours per week during breaks. On-campus employment has been defined by immigration regulations as employment by the institution you are attending (working for an Earlham College office) or by an off-campus firm that provides services to students (such as Sodexho, our food service provider on campus).
You should check the Bonner Center for Service and Vocation and Quake Connect for current job openings. First-year students often have limited options available to them.
CIS restricts employment off-campus for F-1 and J-1 students. Limited work options will be explained in more detail during New Student Orientation. F and J visa holders may not work off-campus at any time without official permission. Work includes performing any kind of services in exchange for compensation. Internships that provide room and board in exchange for services fall into this category. If you, at any time, consider working off-campus, you must consult an International Student Adviser well in advance.
Students may apply for permission to work off-campus in the following circumstances:
If an F-1 student has maintained status for at least nine months, experiences economic hardship “due to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control”, and cannot secure sufficient employment on campus, s/he may apply to CIS for off-campus employment based on economic hardship. See an International Student Adviser for details.
F-1 students may also apply for work with certain recognized international organizations. This work does not count against the one year of practical training. See an International Student Adviser for details.
Finding an on-campus job
Optional Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training
Qualified International Organizations