University Workforce Operations-Student Employment

Campus Address
120 USB
Mailing Address

120 University Services Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States

Welcome to all community employers interested in hiring University of Iowa students. Community job opportunities are important to students, playing a big role in their personal and professional development by:

  • Improving students' time-management skills
  • Reducing need for student loans and debt
  • Gain career experience while clarifying goals, gaining self-confidence, and building a network of contacts
  • Expanding their social circles

Campus jobs and jobs at local businesses can be posted on the Handshake job board managed by the Pomerantz Career Center.

Private in-home job postings are no longer accepted on Handshake. Employers with home-based opportunities (babysitting, yard work, housekeeping, etc.) should consider posting their positions on websites designed for this type of work (see below).

Establishing Rate of Pay

The employer determines the hourly rate of pay based on job duties and qualifications and the current job market. A student's experience and background for the particular job should be used as criteria in setting the exact hourly wage.

Becoming a Work-Study Employer

The federal Work-Study program subsidizes part-time pay for students who've received Work-Study awards as part of their financial aid packages. Only government agencies and private non-profits are eligible to become Work-Study employers.

See the Office of Student Financial Aid website for information about the program and the process of becoming a Work-Study employer.

Posting Jobs on Handshake

Handshake is the university's online advertisement system for student part-time hourly jobs, internships, and full-time employment.

All job qualifications must be in accordance with the University of Iowa Non-Discrimination statement. Off-campus community employers must be approved by the Office of Student Financial Aid before they can post federal Work-Study jobs.

View the Employer Tips For Handshake (pdf) for detailed information on how to post a job. Handshake is updated daily, Monday through Friday. Postings on Handshake require the following:

  • Part-time status with number of hours per week listed as a numerical value
    • academic year:  no more than 20 hours per week
    • Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, summer session:  no more than 40 hours per week
  • Hourly rate of pay

Private In-Home Job Posting Options

The following websites are available for employer and student use in posting/searching for child care, lawn care, housekeeping, and other miscellaneous jobs for private in-home settings. The University of Iowa has not reviewed nor endorsed the postings on these websites.