Important facts about working at Boston University over the Summer -Revised 04/30

Employment Opportunities

Departments are beginning to search for student employees for Summer 2024. Student Employment encourages you to look for opportunities that may interest you through the Work-Study Job Board or Student Service Job Board.

Remember, not all summer jobs come with housing. Research and follow up with the department to determine if housing is provided or subsidized.

Student Employment does not track opportunities that offer housing.

End of Spring and Summer Work Hours

Students are eligible to work up to 40 hours per week starting Monday May 6, 2024, until Sunday September 1, 2024.

Check out the University Work Hour Policy for more information.

International Students

International Students can work part time over the Summer Break as long as:

  • They are enrolled in the upcoming Fall Semester** OR
  • They are enrolled in Summer 1 ( eligible to work until the end of Summer 1) OR
  • They are enrolled in Summer 2 (eligible to work Summer 1 until the end of Summer 2) OR
  • They are enrolled in Summer 1 and Summer 2 (eligible to work Summer 1 until the end of Summer 2)
Then they are eligible to work …
Summer 1 Summer 2
If International student is enrolled in… Summer 1 only Yes No
Summer 2 only Yes Yes
Summer 1 & 2 Yes Yes
Fall Yes Yes


International Students can work full time (over 20 hours per week) over the Summer Break as long as:

  • Summer term is NOT your first or final semester.*


  • They meet the eligibility criteria listed above.

*If summer is your first or final semester, it is not considered a vacation period, and you can only be employed part-time.

** Students who unenroll or take a leave of absence leading up to Fall semester during the summer will be ineligible to continue working and will be terminated from their positions.

Summer Work-Study Awards 

Student Employment will open Summer 2024 Work-Study award applications on March 15th.

The priority deadline is April 19th, 2024. Submissions after this date will considered on a case-by-case basis until the end of the semester or funding is exhausted, whichever comes first.

Response time is still being determined due to delays in the Department of Education’s 2024-2025 FAFSA release to the University Student Employment. We will work closely with Financial Assistance to notify applicants once the reviews are complete.

Once Financial Assistance has received all the necessary information to determine an applicant’s eligibility, an email notification with their results will be sent. 

UPDATE 4/30/2024

The Summer Work-Study Application is currently closed. Financial Assistance is currently working through applications submitted up to the priority deadline. If you have questions regarding Summer Work-Study, please use this form, at the bottom of the application page, to submit your inquiry.

Summer FICA Policy

Students employed at Boston University during the summer and not enrolled/taking classes are subject to FICA withholdings.

Summer 2024: The first summer payment for weekly-salaried students is May 3rd and the first summer payment for hourly paid students is May 31st.  FICA will be withheld according to above criteria.

Students who are eligible to receive a FICA rebate must not work more than 39 hours per week.  Working more than 39 hours per week on a regular basis (more than 3 weeks) will invalidate a student’s eligibility to receive a FICA rebate.

For more information about FICA withholdings, click here.

Have a question or concern, please let us know.



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