On-campus Employment Locations

On-campus employment is a benefit available to F-1 and J-1 students who are lawfully maintaining their F-1 or J-1 visa status. Learn more about F-1 employment and J-1 employment (J-1 students require written permission from their DS-2019 sponsor before on-campus employment can begin).

On-campus employment is defined by federal regulations as:

  • On the school premises (University of Wisconsin-Madison campus)
    • Work that takes place at your school location could be for an on-campus commercial business, like a bookstore or cafeteria, as long as the work directly provides services for students.
    • Employment located on-campus that does not directly involve services to students (such as construction work) does not qualify as on-campus employment.
  • Educationally affiliated off-campus location
    • Work with an employer that is contractually affiliated with the school is on-campus employment even if the work site is not located on the campus (such as a research lab affiliated with your school).
  • On-campus employment must not displace a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR).

On-campus employment during the fall and spring semester is limited to 20 hours per week, no exceptions. F-1 and J-1 students may work more than 20 hours per week during authorized vacation periods:

  • Winter break – Winter 2023/2024 dates: Sunday, December 17, 2023 – Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Spring break – Spring 2024 dates: Sunday, March 24 – Saturday, March 30
  • Summer break (if you have an I-20 or DS-2019 start or end date for summer, you are limited to 20 hours per week) – Summer 2023 dates: Sunday, May 7 – Saturday, September 2

On-campus locations and locations that are educationally affiliated with the university are listed in the drop-down menu that follows.

If your job offer is from a different location than those listed below, contact ISS for guidance. You must have approval from ISS before you begin any off-campus employment.

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On-campus job locations

  • On-campus employment includes work in student unions, libraries, recreational centers, and in academic and administrative departments on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • Administrative Transformation Project: 700 Regent Street only
  • Aquatic Sciences Center
  • Campus Event Services for UW events at on-campus locations
    • Ex.: The Kohl Center, Camp Randall, etc.
  • Contemporary Services Corporation (Only on-campus locations)
    • Doing security events at the Kohl Center or Camp Randall
  • Enrollment Management
  • Facilities Planning and Management
  • Hillel Center
  • Lowell Center
  • Private residence hall: Zoe Bayliss
  • State Cartographer’s Office
  • The University Hospital and Clinics: 600 Highland Avenue only
  • The Daily Cardinal
  • The Fluno Center
  • The Kohl Center
  • The Pyle Center
  • The Lowell Center
  • The JF Fredrick Center
  • University Housing and Apartments
  • UW Credit Union: Union South location only
  • USDA Dairy Forage Research Center: UW-Madison campus location with CALS only
  • UW Bookstore: State Street location only
  • Waisman Center
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
  • Wisconsin Idea Internship Program (hosted by Division of Extension)
  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
  • Wisconsin Public Radio

Locations that require authorization

This list is not exhaustive.

  • All businesses on State Street
  • Private residence halls as listed below:
    • The Highlander, The Langdon, Princeton House, The Regent, The Statesider, The Towers, and Brittingham House
  • City of Madison
  • Fresh Market
  • Madison Metro
  • Madison VA Hospital
  • Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Other University of Wisconsin campuses
    • Ex.: UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, etc.
  • The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
  • UW Clinics: all locations other than 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI
  • UW Credit Union: all locations other than Union South