Student Employment and Health Insurance

Pitt students have access to a variety of employment opportunities and health and wellness resources through the Office of Human Resources.

The Division of Student Affairs has additional information on career preparation, student organizations, health services, and more. Student Health Services are available to students on campus and at regional campuses, including seasonal flu shots, primary care services, information on healthcare specialists, and more. Students also have access to the University Counseling Center for more personal services. Visit the Health Services for Students page for more information.

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Working while you are a student is a great way to enhance your academic experience and skills, boost your resume, gain valuable real-world experience, and build your professional network. There are all types of opportunities available to students across the University that can help you develop your skills for both your professional and personal goals.

Ready to work at Pitt? Check out all of the available student opportunities on Talent Center, the University's online employment system.

About Student Employment

Talent Center, the University's online employment application system, lists current employment opportunities for Pitt students.

Two types of student opportunities are available via Talent Center: positions available to any enrolled student and positions available only to Federal Work Study (FWS) students. FWS students receive federal funding as part of their financial aid package. If you have questions about FWS funding, please visit the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid website.

Students may work no more than 20 hours per week during the academic year (fall and spring terms). During the summer term or University recess periods, students may work no more than 37.5 hours per week. Opportunities are available to full-time or part-time Pitt students who are enrolled in an ongoing course of study and taking at least six (6) credits worth of classes.

Unsure if you are eligible for student employment? Check out the Student Employment Manual.

Finding and Applying for a Student Position

All Pitt student employment opportunities are listed on Talent Center, the University's online employment system. All student employment opportunities can be found in the dedicated Student portal. Access the student portal by visiting and selecting "Students" from the "Find Positions" drop-down menu. You will need to login with your Pitt username and password to access the portal.

Student opportunities vary daily, and each position includes a job description and requirements. Some positions require a résumé and cover letter. Contact the Office of Career Development & Placement Assistance for assistance with requirements before applying. To apply for a position, select the "Apply" button on the position to start the application process.

After you submit your application, the hiring department will have immediate online access to your application and will contact you if you are selected for an interview. An official job offer will be made once you have been selected for hire. 

Clearances and Training

Some students positions may require Child Protection Clearances. If necessary for the position, student workers must obtain their required clearances prior to starting employment at Pitt. Student workers will not be able to begin employment until the clearances are obtained and approved with the University. Training programs may also be required and can be found on the Clearances & Training page, as well as within your Pitt portal. Student workers should work with their recruiter to determine which trainings they will need to complete.

Payroll and Timecards

On the Payroll website, student workers can find an overview of their pay statement, tax information, PRISM TRKS access, and more. For more information about PRISM TRKS and filling out and submitting a timecard, check out the PRISM Quick Guide for Student Employees.

About the Office of Student Employment

The Office of Student Employment (OSE) is part of Pitt’s Office of Human Resources. OSE assists and guides degree-seeking students as search for opportunities to supplement their academic pursuits. Learn more about the Office of Student Employment and review the Student Employment Manual.

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Health & Wellness

Health services are offered to all students at Pitt, including medical, dental, and vision plans that are available for graduate and professional students and general students. Additional health resources can be found here:

Have a Question?

Explore the FAQ for the Office of Human Resources for answers to a variety of common questions.