Information for First-Year Students

On behalf of the Student Employment Office, part of the Career Development Center, welcome to Mount Holyoke College!

We are delighted you will be joining us this fall. As you prepare for your arrival, we want to share some important information about how the CDC and Student Employment works for all new students. Members of our staff will meet your during orientation to give you an introduction to our services. You will learn more about developing your first-year resume and applying to jobs on campus.

Student Employment

On Work Study?
Entry level jobs (level 1) are reserved for students on work study. Every First-Year student with work-study must begin her employment on campus with Dining Services and fill at least one shift per week, for the fall semester. If you desire more hours after signing up for a Dining Services shift, you may seek a second job elsewhere on campus (levels 1-4). Transfer Students and Frances Perkins Scholars are welcome to begin employment on campus in Dining Services or may seek opportunities in other campus departments. 

Not on Work Study?
First-year students without work-study may also seek out opportunities to work on campus through JobX, but are limited to level 2-4 jobs.

Search for these jobs and others in JobX.

Other Employment

Local businesses and community members also post jobs unrelated to the college in JobX. More information on non-workstudy part-time jobs.

Important Dates during Orientation

Schedule subject to change. Please see Orientation Schedule for full description of sessions and up-to-date information.

Immigration Regulations and Student Work Clearance (mandatory for International Students)
Monday, September 4th, 4:00–5:30 pm | Gamble Auditorium

Review of immigration regulations that apply to foreign citizens studying in the U.S. This is a very important meeting and attendance is required. New students who plan to work on campus will also complete required forms during this session (I-9 and federal/state tax forms). Bring your passport and I-20 form (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students).

Student Employment Work Clearance
Friday, September 1st, 8:00am - 12:00am | Welcome Tent, Woolley Circle (by Chapin)

Required for first-years, new FPs and transfer students wishing to work, except for those students who need a visa to enter the U.S. (who should attend the work clearance session of pre-orientation).   

What to Bring:

Dining Services Information & Scheduling Meeting (mandatory for all students working for Dining Services)
Sunday, September 3, 8:30-11:30am | Hooker Auditorium

What to bring:

  • MHC ID
  • Your class schedule
  • A pen

Introduction to the Career Development Center & Student Employment

We will introduce career development services and resources for students, and discuss student employment and JobX (the student employment database). Join us to learn more about opportunities that await you as a Mount Holyoke student, including Nexus, internships, and the many avenues to pursuing your goals through The Lynk.

Helpful Resources

Student Employment FAQ’s
Contact the Coordinator of Student Employment and Internships, Janice Kane, with questions not addressed online.

Getting Paid
Information on Timesheets, Direct Deposit and Necessary Paperwork

MHC’s Student Employment Database where you will find on-campus jobs.

Resume and Cover Letter Guide
Get started on creating your resume to apply for jobs on-campus.

The Career Development Center has wonderful resources that will help you find opportunities to gain valuable experience and learn new skills. From student employment, to your internship search, job search and so much more, the Career Development Center is here to help make this process an exceptional learning experience for you. Come visit us soon!