Let’s face it. When it comes to part-time job opportunities, we know you have options in the Cape Girardeau area. However, working on campus can connect you with a large network of faculty, staff, and students who are interested in your academic success and will put your student needs before their work needs. You may even be able to find a part-time job within your area of study to gain professional experience.

To be eligible to participate in the student employment programs at Southeast, students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program and enrolled in a minimum number of hours (U.S. citizens – 6 hours, international undergraduates – 12 hours, international graduates – 9 hours, international graduate assistants – 6 hours). All student workers are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours per week. During summer and breaks, students may be eligible for additional hours, based on the approval of their supervisor.  

High school, provisionally admitted students, Cape College Center students, and students enrolled in the intensive English program are not eligible to work on campus.   

The Office of Career Services posts available student worker positions on REDHAWKjobs.com.  
Additional information concerning student employment can be found in the Student Employment Handbook. 

There are two types of employment on campus - Federal Work Study and regular student employment. After you find a job, apply, and are offered the position, you will need to complete the New Hire Packet for domestic students. 

Federal Work Study 

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally funded program established to provide jobs for students who have financial need as demonstrated by their completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may be limited in earnings for this program. FWS students are paid through a bi-weekly paycheck, and the money earned is not directly applied to a student's bill at Southeast. While FWS eligibility will show on a student's financial aid award letter, these funds are not issued until they are earned through working. 
Students on Federal Work Study have two advantages over Regular Student Employment students. 

  1. When completing the FAFSA for the next academic school year, you can exclude your Federal Work Study earnings - which could help reduce your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). 
  1. FWS students are eligible for employment at a few community service-based locations, such as Boys & Girls Club. 

Regular Student Employment 

Even if you are not Federal Work Study eligible, you are still eligible to work on campus! Many departments do not require work study eligibility, so watch REDHAWKjobs.com for job opportunities. Regular student employees are paid bi-weekly for hours worked, and pay is not directly applied to a student's bill at Southeast. 

As an international student, your Visa will only allow you to work on campus. Positions available will be listed through the Office of Career Service on REDHAWKjobs.com. The first step is to apply for an available position.  
After you have been offered a job on campus, make sure you begin completing the International New Hire Packet. Until this is completed, you cannot begin working. 
Documents required to work on campus: 

  • Passport 
  • Visa 
  • I-94 
  • I-20 
  • Social Security Card (the new hire packet gives information on how to obtain this) 

Disclosure of Civil Conviction or Disciplinary Action 

Disclosing a civil conviction or disciplinary action on the Student Employment Work Referral will not automatically prevent employment. Students may be hired, commence employment, and receive payment for work during the review of this information by the University's Coordinator of Student Development and Judicial Affairs. 
The Judicial Affairs Coordinator will determine if the disclosed information may affect eligibility to work on campus, location of employment, or attendance at the University. The coordinator will notify all appropriate parties regarding the outcome of this review. For questions regarding this review, contact the Judicial Affairs Office at (573) 651-2264. 
Information regarding civil convictions or college discipline is currently collected on the admissions application and will continue to be collected for students applying to the University. However, Southeast must also collect this information when a student seeks employment, in order to have the most current information available. 

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