Student Casual-Non Research


Undergraduate Students: Full-time and half-time undergraduate students with a valid work authorization can be hired as Casual Students to work on research and/or administrative tasks.

Graduate Students: Full-time and half-time graduate students with a valid work authorization can be hired to exclusively work on administrative duties.

Students must have an appointment before they can start working. In addition, all Columbia employees must have a valid U.S. work authorization and a Social Security Number (SSN). International students who do not have a SSN, can request a Social Security Verification Form from ISERP to apply for a number with the Social Security Administration.

Appointment Limits

Casuals may not exceed 560 hours or 4 months in a given 12-month period, and can hold more than one causal appointment as long as they do not exceed the number of hours allowed. Students may only work up to a combined total of 20 hours per week at Columbia during the academic year. The allowable hours may vary for Student Visa Holders, please confirm with the International Students and Scholars Office for the hours you are allowed to work.  

Summer Hires

Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year (including Spring Break), except as noted on the pay schedule, and 35 hours per week during the eligible winter and summer break.

Appointment Checklist

Student Casual - Hire Checklist


These positions are paid by the hour, and students must submit timesheets approved by their supervisor every two weeks in order to be paid. Find out here how to submit your timesheet. Please note that incomplete or unapproved timesheets may result in delayed payment. ISERP highly recommends that hired students set up Direct Deposit.



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