Only currently registered MIT students can access and apply for job listings on our site. If you’ve been accepted for the fall term, you may work on the student payroll during the summer before you start classes. To apply to a position you are interested in for term-time work, submit your resume directly to the contact listed on the job board.
Global Education and Career Development can assist you with your job search, interview skills, or resume and cover letter writing.
As an MIT student you also have access to Skillsoft which offers online courses and quick guides on job searching, business etiquette, financial literacy, and other workforce-related skills.
Once You've Been Hired
Now that you have a job there are a few steps you need to take before you can get paid.
Everyone working in the United States, regardless of their citizenship, must complete this federal form when beginning a job with a new employer. This form verifies your eligibility and authorization to work in the U.S. If you work at MIT, you need to complete an I-9 only once while you are working here, although you may have to reverify your employment authorization if you are an international student.
Along with this simple form, you must also present an original document or documents that establish your identity and employment eligibility within three business days of the date that your employment begins.
- On-campus student employees: Please visit http://hrweb.mit.edu/i-9 to complete the I-9 form. All completed forms will be processed in the HR Welcome Center (W20-021H).
- Off-campus student employees: Your employer will provide an I-9 form and will collect the completed form from you.
To specify how much income tax will be withheld from your paycheck (or to ask that no taxes be withheld), you must fill out online federal and state tax withholding forms: the W4 Federal and M4 MA State forms. To do this, log onto Atlas and click on About Me and the "Money Matters" tab. If you claim no withholding, you still need to complete a W4 form each February.
You may want to consult with your parents and/or a tax advisor before completing the Tax Withholding forms. The IRS has online resources to help with questions including a tax withholding calculator (www.irs.gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator).
Registered students are exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes when classes are in session. During summer months, undergraduate students will have Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from their paychecks.
By the end of January, MIT will send you a W2 form detailing the amount of taxes and any other money that was withheld during the previous calendar year. Active students can access the W2 online via Atlas/About Me/Money Matters/eWs. You will need this form to complete your returns. If for any reason you cannot access the eW2, contact the HR Payroll Service Center (email@example.com, NE49-4097) and provide your name and MIT ID.
Direct Deposit for Employment
MIT pays student workers by direct deposit. Paychecks are deposited electronically in a bank account a student designates by completing the online "Direct Deposit Preferences" for Payroll via Atlas (https://atlas.mit.edu) on the About Me tab in the Money Matters section.
Time Cards for On-Campus Jobs
Students working on-campus fill out time cards electronically and then submit them for approval. You may fill out your time card by logging onto Atlas and clicking on “Time and Vacation Entry.” It’s a good idea to enter your time at the end of each shift instead of waiting and entering all time for that week at once. Check with your supervisor for the deadline for entering your time. Once your time has been successfully entered and approved, your pay for that week will be deposited into your bank account on the following Friday. Because there is some setup time required to get you into the system initially, your first paycheck may be delayed a week.
If you haven’t received pay you were expecting, contact Payroll.
Sick Time Accrual
MIT undergraduate students working at MIT during summer 2015 may notice sick time accrual on their electronic time sheets. This accrual occurs to comply with the new Massachusetts sick leave law, effective July 1, 2015. That law requires employees to accrue 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours. Employees are eligible to use accrued sick time (known as “vesting”) 90 days after starting work, or after July 1, 2015, whichever is later. Because of this vesting rule, MIT students are not eligible to take any paid sick time accrued in summer 2015 until the following summer. Graduate students working at MIT are not eligible for this paid sick leave, nor are undergraduate students working during the academic year. However, for MIT students working for MIT during summer 2016, work time from summer 2015 (after the July 1, 2015 effective date) may count toward that 90-day vesting period, and sick leave balances may carry over, depending on the exact dates of work. The MIT policy on this earned sick time can be found in the Personnel Policy Manual at Section 4.3.22.