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For students: How to find a job

From dorm-based email lists to the SFS jobs board, there are many ways to find a job at MIT. We’ve put together a list of resources to help you find available jobs and support along the way.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

  • Check out our helpful job hunting tips before you being your search.
  • All international students are limited to working 20 hours per week due to student-visa guidelines.
  • International graduate students may not work during any term (even the summer) that they are fully funded.

Resources to help with your search

Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD)

Whether you’re new to MIT and looking for your first internship, a postdoc launching your career, or anywhere in between, CAPD will partner with you. They can help you find full-time, professional opportunities, polish your application, and interview to impress.

International Students Office

The mission of the International Students Office is to assist international students transition to life at MIT and the United States, while advocating on behalf of the international student population. Their employment page offers general information on employment for international students.

Sources for finding open positions

SFS jobs board

We host a jobs board for both undergraduate and graduate students. Prospective employers seeking to hire MIT students post opportunities, and new listings are added regularly. There are no constraints on the kinds of jobs, or employers that may list jobs. You will find full-, part-, or one-time opportunities.

visit the jobs board →

MIT Handshake

Handshake is an online platform that helps employers and students list and find jobs. It’s also how you book one-to-one meetings with a career advisor from Career Advising & Professional Development. So, go ahead and make an MIT Handshake account—it’s a great first step.

Office of Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning can help you find internships, research projects, social impact opportunities, or assist with graduate school applications. Visit the Experiential Learning Opportunities site, where you will find a wide range of opportunities for current undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni.

Research jobs

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Students can find a research job in almost any academic department or interdisciplinary laboratory through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. As a UROP student, you can receive academic credit, work on a volunteer basis, or get paid for your research.

Research and Teaching Assistant postions for graduate students

Graduate students are eligible to become RAs and TAs through their departments and most often receive a stipend. See the Office of Graduate Education for more details on becoming a teaching assistant.

Public service jobs

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

The PKG Center connects students with a wide variety of public service projects in local, national, and global communities. Additional guidance on locating and signing up for paid social impact jobs and internships, offered via the MIT Handshake platform, can be found on the Social Impact Employment page.

Community Service Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program is a federally funded financial aid program, which enables eligible MIT students to be paid to apply their unique skills, talents, and interests to help address complex social and environmental challenges. Students work with U.S.-based nonprofit and government agencies. Benefits include competitive hourly wages, flexible time commitment (part-time during academic semesters and full-time over break periods), and assistance with locating opportunities. Reach out to to learn more and determine if you are eligible.

Department-specific jobs

MIT Physics

The MIT Physics department has their own undergraduate student employment opportunities page where they list specific jobs undergraduates can apply to.

MIT Biology

The MIT Biology department employment page lists general employment opportunities for graduates and undergraduates within the department. They also list their affiliated partners, which you can learn more about.


The Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, or DAPER, also posts job opportunities throughout the year. Check our their employment page.

Part-time and seasonal jobs

Off-campus, part-time, and seasonal jobs are posted on our jobs board.