We all know how valuable university is, what with school fees, rent, and other living expenses.
It’s no different when you’re an international student in the United States. When planning to study abroad, significant decisions like where university to attend and which programs to take should be top priority, but so should a strategy for how to pay for your trip.
Working part-time can not only help you handle this problem, but it can also help you meet new people and build important skills that will improve your resume. However, there are some limitations on part-time jobs for overseas students in the United States that you should be aware of before you begin applying.
1. Campus ambassador
Campus ambassadors are in charge of promoting the university and showing prospective students why they should apply. This is a great job for someone who likes 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
If your university has an on-campus cafe, this can be a great place to work. Not only will you benefit from discounted (or even free!) coffee, but it is also a great place to meet new people.
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. Teaching assistant
An on-campus teaching assistant is expected to supervise classroom activities and work closely with any students who are struggling.
If you already have some experience in the field, you may be able to work as a higher-level teaching assistant, leading classes on your own and marking students’ work.
Average wage: $11.85 per hour
4. Library assistant
Working as a library assistant is a varied job, perfect for those hoping to study and work in the USA simultaneously. You will be responsible for shelving books, helping customers find books and other materials and making recommendations of useful books.
You will also be expected to provide administrative support to the librarians, and help to organise any events at the library during term time.
Average wage: $13.24 per hour
The duties of a university receptionist might include general office support and administration, customer service and communicating with students and staff via phone and emails.
It is a good idea to check with your careers service where to look on-campus for part-time reception work, as larger departments, student unions and other key buildings may all have openings for receptionists.
Average wage: $13.31 per hour