All students, regardless of their financial need, may work during the academic year—and most of our students do. They work on campus in labs, departmental offices and centers, as well as in the community.
MIT students are able to pursue work opportunities that fit their interest areas and allow them to align these with their future aspirations. We collaborate with various on-campus offices, including the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL), the Office of Graduate Education (OGE), and Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD).
Student minimum wage is $14.25 an hour with most students making about $2,100 a semester.
Per federal regulations, students participating in a federal work-study program are not permitted to miss class time in order to perform their federal work-study duties.
International undergraduate students
Due to student-visa guidelines, international students are limited to working 20 hours per week.
International graduate students
Due to student-visa guidelines, international students are limited to working 20 hours per week. International graduate students are not eligible to work at all during any semester that they are fully funded.Visit the jobs board →
Types of student jobs and resources
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 for undergraduate students
Students can find a research job in almost any academic department or interdisciplinary laboratory, through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). As a UROP student, you can receive academic credit, work on a volunteer basis, or get paid for your research.
Research and Teaching Assistant positions 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.
Part-time and seasonal jobs
Off-campus, part-time, and seasonal jobs are posted on the jobs board.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and determine if you are eligible.
Career Advising and Professional Development
Whether you’re a first year looking for your first internship, a postdoc launching your career, or anywhere in between, Career Advising and Professional Development will partner with you. They can help you find full-time, professional opportunities, polish your application, and interview to impress.
What you need if you graduate or are no longer working at MIT
Payroll information & tax forms
If you are leave MIT or are graduating, The Office of the Vice President of Finance has the information that you need to find your last paystub or your Wage and Tax Statement (W-2) for your last year at MIT.