International Student Info

We're glad you're here and are looking forward to getting to know you and help you find a job! You are a unique and special part of this community, your presence here makes a difference in all of our lives. We hope we will make a positive difference in your life. If you need any help at all, feel free to stop by the Student Employment Office or call (619) 849-2633.

Please read the following information carefully to ensure that you meet all legal requirements necessary to acquire an on-campus job.

The information on this page will focus on employment issues. For general information about the International Students Program, please visit International Students Services .

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What do I need to know about working on campus?

As an international student there are certain laws that must be followed if you want to work in the U.S. Your student status enables you to be gainfully employed (in other words, to work for money) NO MORE THAN 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week during vacations, but only as an employee of PLNU. That means that if you decide to work, legally, you can only work on campus.

There are a variety of jobs on campus that might interest you. The job duties vary quite a bit between jobs. Check the on campus jobs by going through your portal or by clicking here. The pay rate for most on campus jobs is $9.00/hour and Dining Services pays $9.20/hour.

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How do I apply for a job on campus?

Students will now be able to apply online for any on-campus job that is currently posted.  Some supervisors will require resumes, while others will not.  Please be advised that you may not complete an application without attaching a resume if it is required.  We suggest that you have an electronic version of your resume available when you apply.

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What do I do when I’ve been hired?

First, congratulations, on getting your first job!!!

When you are hired, there are some forms you must complete BEFORE you can start working or training.

You will be required to complete the following forms:

  • An on-campus Student Employment Authorization Form with your supervisor. This form is available in the Student Employment Office or your supervisor may have this form as well. You will need to complete an Authorization Form for every job you hold on campus.
  • "W-4" - the income tax withholding form. Required by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Please note: Some countries have a tax treaty with the U.S. to waive income taxes. If there is such a treaty with your home country you will not be required to fill out a W-4, instead you will be required to fill out several other forms.
  • "I-9" - the employment eligibility form. Required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This is the form that requires that certain documents and pieces of information be shown to the Student Employment Office personnel. You will need to show:
    • your passport
    • your I-20 for PLNU
    • your I-94 card (usually stapled inside your passport).
    • your U.S. Social Security number

Once you have all of the specific documents, please email Debra Lively at to schedule an appointment to complete the legal forms as described.  This process can take several days to complete. It is important that you do not start working or training before you're authorized by the Student Employment Office.

The W-4 and I-9 forms are only filled out once when you obtain your first on-campus position. After that, if you acquire a new job on campus, you will only need to complete the Student Employment Authorization Form.

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How do I get a Social Security Number?

If you are planning to work on campus you will be required to have an American Social Security number. In order to apply for this number you need to have a job on campus. This sounds like a bit confusing but it works in the end. Here is the process to follow:

  • Find an on-campus job. You will need to do all of the necessary hiring paperwork before you can sign up. You will also need a local phone number.
  • Start all the necessary paperwork with Debra Lively of the Student Employment Office.  Please email Debra at to schedule an appointment.  You will need to bring the Student Employment Authorization form, and then will start filling out the I-9 and W-4 as stated above. Debra will give you a signed letter verifying that you will be working on campus. This letter is called a Designated School Official (DSO) letter. You will need to take this letter to the Social Security Office when you apply for your Social Security number.
  • When you visit the Social Security Office, you will need to take:
    • A Passport
    • I-94 Form
    • I-20 Form
    • DSO Letter Verifying On Campus Employment
    • Letter From Employer Verifying On Campus Employment

You will apply for the Social Security number. Then within the next few days you will need to call the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 and they will give you your Social Security number. You won't receive your Social Security number the same day as you apply for it.  Please remember you need to plan for this process to take some time before you can be approved to start working after you have obtained the on-campus position. 

When you have your Social Security number, please contact Debra Lively again as we will be able to complete your paperwork and you will then be approved to start working!

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