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Student Jobs

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Job experience to last a lifetime

HFS employs over 1000 students who provide a wide variety of services in support of our mission of working together to enhance student life. This job experience encourages lifelong learning, enhances community involvement, and develops skills that will last a lifetime.

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Flexible schedules

Your work schedule is built around you, with respect for your studies and lifestyle.

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Convenient locations

With multiple on-campus locations and offices, there is work right where you are.

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Learn while you work

Working with HFS is more than a job it is a chance to develop skills and experience.

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Now accepting student applications

On campus jobs provide convenience, flexibility and a unique connection to the university community. We’re looking for eligible students to work at least 10 hours a week who want to learn new skills. Come work with us!

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HFS jobs are a popular option for UW students because we pay well, we’re flexible and accommodating with your schedule, and on-campus jobs are convenient when you’re also juggling classes. An HFS job is also a great way to build on your Husky Experience, because you’ll meet new people and gain new workplace skills.

It's easy to apply

The first and most important step is for you to let us know you’re interested in working with us. There is a pretty straightforward application process that gets you into our system so we can figure out where your schedule might allow you to fit into our operations.

You can start the process by completing our application online, or you can drop by the HFS Central Office in Terry Hall, and we’ll help you out if you need some extra guidance or are unsure about the process. If you have questions about the process after you apply, check out our Student Jobs FAQ.

Tips for applying

  • Apply early, the sooner you apply the sooner you’ll find a job.

  • Keep your application information and schedule current. This helps us find you the right job. 

  • Be sure to add to your accepted contacts so we can connect with you.

We look closely to match student schedules with open work shifts. If your schedule doesn’t match an open shift, unfortunately you will not be contacted.

Your schedule

Since the key component of whether we can hire you is your availability, it is important to know what your weekly and daily schedules look like for the period you are interested in employment. We hire to our staffing needs across all of our campus operations, so if you’re not available during the time periods where we have open positions, we won’t be able to hire you until something opens up that works with your schedule.

Students sometimes wonder why they don’t get hired by us right away after they apply, and lack of schedule compatibility is the most common reason. It’s best to check back with us after a few weeks if you don’t hear anything, in case something opens up, or to update your application if your schedule changes.

Your best bet to get hired right away is to be available for work during the 11 am–2 pm window, as we can always use workers during the midday rushes.

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Office jobs

In addition to jobs working at our dining locations, we also hire students into office jobs. These jobs usually are more complex and more competitive to get, but they can be a great way to get experience in an office environment doing work that may match up with a future career.

To find out about these jobs drop in on us at our Terry Hall office to look into available office jobs and what it takes to apply.

Become a student leader

Of course, you can also explore the ultimate immersive HFS opportunity—being a student leader. Student leader roles include Resident Advisers (RAs) and our HFS programming teams, RPB and REP.

Student leader recruitment for the following year typically begins in late Autumn. Check out our Student Leader Application page in the Autumn to learn more about our opportunities and to find important application deadlines.

International students

If you are studying at the UW, HFS offers you the opportunity to expand your experience too! When you are hired, you will receive information about applying for your Social Security card.

DACA students

The university remains steadfastly committed to the educational success of DACA enrollees and students. HFS follows University guidance in supporting employment of DACA students. HFS cannot legally hire undocumented students who are not a part of the DACA program.

Work-study positions

All of our jobs are work-study eligible. If you receive any form of financial aid, you should check with the Work Study Office when you are hired.

What if I don't have any 'real' work experience?

Most of the student jobs HFS offers are entry-level positions. We recognize that for many students, this will be their first opportunity to seek employment.  We appreciate having the opportunity to guide and mentor new employees into the workforce and potentially into careers. We value what you bring to the University. Please list any volunteer or school and community project experience on your application. Here are some resources for you to use to enhance your resume.

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Thank you for your interest in working at HFS.
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.