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Student Hiring Process

Hiring departments are encouraged to post student hourly vacancies through the Ohio University job site. To request a new account and for assistance with this process, please contact the Employee Service Center at 740-593-1636 or

Review Tips for Managing Students for guidance on supervising student workers and using best practice.

New students and students who are changing work locations are required to complete employment paperwork PRIOR to their first day of work. The required paperwork may be completed within your Center of Excellence, if applicable.

Minor Student Employees

Please be familiar with the State of Ohio Minor Labor Laws

Student employees under the age of 18 require the following documents to be completed PRIOR to their first day of work:

  • Proof of Age (copy of a driver's license, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Wage Agreement (to be completed by the hiring department)
  • Parental Consent Form (to be completed by a parent/guardian)
  • Work Permit
    • Required for all employees 14 and 15 years old.
    • Required for 16 and 17 year olds IF they are currently enrolled in high school. Exception: Work permit is not required during summer break.
    • 16 and 17 year are not required to have a work permit if they have graduated from high school. It is the hiring department's responsibility to ensure the student has a proper work permit when continuing work into the fall.

Non-Ohio University Students

Please verify enrollment status of non-Ohio University students each semester. Review the Student Employment Eligibility page for further details.

Hiring Students

Hiring Managers who ARE NOT in a Center of Excellence should follow the following steps when hiring a student employee.

Only NEW student employees who do NOT exist in our systems will need to complete ALL new hire paperwork. To determine whether your student employee is active in our systems, please check the Employee Lookup.

  1. If the employee does NOT appear in the employee lookup, complete a New Student Employee Pre-Hire form [PDF]. Direct the student to email the completed form to Human Resources will reach out to the new employee directly with instructions regarding new hire paperwork. 
    • UHR will provide the student with a verification slip and/or they will receive a verification email from on the same day they complete their I-9. This will verify that their I-9 is complete and they may begin working.
    • Department may not allow students to begin work until that confirmation is received.
    • If no confirmation is received, contact UHR at (740) 593-1636 for verbal verification that the paperwork is complete.
  2. If the employee DOES appear in the employee lookup, please complete the Existing Student Employee Information Sheet [PDF] ONLY and email the form to
  3. Enter the student into Workforce. Information, documentation, and training materials regarding Workforce, including entering a new student can be found on the HR System Training page.
  4. Hiring managers should maintain proof of enrollment for each non-Ohio University student employee each semester.

For general questions regarding student employment paperwork, please contact Human Resources at 740.593.1636.

For information regarding training, the Centers of Excellence, or other concerns regarding student hiring in general, please contact Nick Wortman, Director of HR Services at or 740.597.2542.