What is considered “work” for the purposes of International Student Employment?
F-1 and J-1 student employees are eligible to work on-campus while attending classes. The work does not need to be related to their field of study. They must maintain legal F-1 or J-1 status while engaging in on-campus employment. Employment is limited to 20 hours a week while school is in session. International students maintaining legal F-1 or J-1 status may work on campus full-time when school is not in session or during the annual vacation (summer).
On-campus employment must either be performed on Clemson University premises, (including on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus and are located in a university owned building, such as the university bookstore, Barnes & Noble, and university dining halls for which ARAMARK provides staffing, including campus restaurants such as Subway, Chick-fil-A, etc., OR at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the university, such as the CU-ICAR campus, Clemson at the Falls campus, University Center of Greenville, etc.
Additionally, it is important to note that on-campus employment includes work done as a teaching or research assistant, graduate grading assistant, graduate lab assistants, and graduate student hourly, as well as jobs in the university library, laboratories and administrative offices.
Employment with on-site commercial firms, such as a construction company that is building a university building, which do not provide direct student services, is not deemed on-campus employment.
In the case of off-campus locations, the educational affiliation must be associated with the university’s established curriculum or related to contractually funded research projects at the post-graduate level. In any event, the employment must be an integral part of the student\'s educational program.
Off-campus employment for international students must be approved through the Office of International Affairs.