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Student Worker Handbook

The Student Worker Employment Handbook includes information to clarify federal rules and regulations, as well as Rensselaer's policies and procedures for student workers. Topics include:

  • Defining a Student Worker
  • Finding a Job
  • Types of Jobs
  • Required Paperwork
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Training
  • Compensation and Getting Paid

Student workers will be held to the standards outlined in this handbook; including accurate and timely submission of time worked. Failure to follow these procedures may result in disciplinary action for both student workers and supervisors. We recommend that you thoroughly review this information.

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Information for Parents

Parents can play an important role in assisting students to find employment and maintaining academic balance in order to be successful. Three major ways that parents can assist their students are:

  • Help to ensure your student has the necessary documentation and identification to complete mandatory employment forms. Please refer to our forms page (found in the student section of the website) to see what forms are required and what documentation is needed to complete the paperwork. The required documents must be the original. We cannot accept photocopies, pdfs or faxes. Students must fill out this paperwork on or before their first day of employment.
  • Encourage your student to explore employment options while maintaining balance with their academics. Students are not allowed to work for than 20 hours per week during academic terms. Determining the appropriate balance is important and the right amount of hours will be different for each student.
  • Talk to your students about the work they are doing in their job. By exploring career paths now, many students are able to identify future goals. While maintaining employment provides positive financial benefits, the experience also assists students as they explore what they may want to do in the future.