J-1 On-Campus Work Information

 Kind of WorkPart-time/ 
Full-time   
Authorization granted by:Impact on Academic TrainingRemarks
Employment by MITResearch and Teaching Assistantships from MITPart-time
(up to 20 hrs. per week) when school is in session. Full-time during Institute vacations.
No further authorization is required, if assistantship is included on Form DS-2019.NoneFull Research and Teaching Assistantships account for the 20 hours per week maximum of work allowed by USCIS while school is in session. No other on-campus job/position can be held at the same time if a student has a Full RA or TA award.
Employment on MIT premisesWork for offices or departments on MIT campus and paid by MIT.Part-time
(up to 20 hrs. per week) when school is in session. Full-time during Institute vacations.
Written authorization from Visa Sponsor (ISO International Student Advisor if DS-2019 was issued by MIT).NoneFull Research and Teaching Assistantships account for the 20 hours per week maximum of work allowed by USCIS while school is in session. No other on-campus job/position can be held at the same time if a student has a Full RA or TA award.

J-1 On-Campus Employment Notes:

  • Only students who are full-time students and maintaining J-1 status are eligible for on-campus work.
  • The MIT ISO must authorize each on-campus job separately for J-1 students. The ISO must re-authorize employment once per year if you are continuing employment on-campus with the same department (new authorization letter required each academic year). Submit J-1 On-Campus Work Authorization eform on iMIT to obtain written authorization.