On Campus Employment
Many international students at ENC make an income by working an on campus job. On campus employment refers to any job on the ENC campus that is paid by the college. As an international student you may hold an hourly or stipend position on campus. You will not be eligible for any work-study positions as they are a part of a federally funded program.
How do I get authorization to work on campus?
F-1 International Students do not need to get prior authorization to work an on campus job. Despite this, you must abide by the conditions of your F-1 status in order to maintain legal immigration status.
Submit a letter to the DSO that describes the type of work you will be doing, the department's affiliation with ENC, and the number of hours per week you will be working.
Rules for working legally on campus:
1. Enroll as a full-time student. Full-time is at least 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and 6 credit hours per semester for graduate students.
2. Work no more than 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
- If you have a stipend job that lists 20 hours a week, you may not work another job as your job is listed as 20 hours per week.
3. Work full time only during official college breaks: Summer Break, Winter Break, Spring Break.
ENC student employees are subject to certain limits. If you have multiple on campus jobs, please make sure that all your other employers are aware of your other jobs and that between all jobs you work no more than 20 hours per week.
What to do if you change jobs?
Talk to the DSO before you change jobs. This will allow the DSO to ensure the new position qualifies as on-campus employment and ensure the DSO has the correct employment information in your SEVIS record.
Social Security Number
Any international student working in the United States is required to have a Social Security Number (SSN). The SSN functions as your tax identification number. You will not be able to begin work at ENC without a SSN or a letter or approval for a SSN from the Social Security Administration. For information about how to apply for a SSN see the information to the right.
In order to work in the United States you will be required to get a Social Security number.
You will need to apply for a SSN at the Social Security Administration Office.
Social Security Office Location
As of March 17, this office will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19. They are still accepting mail and online applications.
1250 Hancock St Suite 210n
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
Social Security Office Phone Number
800-772-1213 or TTY: 800-325-0778
Social Security Office Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Except On Federal Holidays