Finding a Job

Looking for a job?
Student Employment Services is here to help!

Below, you'll find out how to search for a job and what you need to know about financial aid awards. Remember - the Office of Student Employment Services does not offer job placement services, but we do provide you with the resources so that you can find a job. If you have any questions after reading through this information, you can always get in touch with us.

How to Find a Job


Many on-campus and off-campus job listings are posted on our jobs site. Log in to BarnardWorks to take a look. If you have never logged in before, you can click here. There are several categories on BarnardWorks that you can search in for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. 

If you come across a great match, but it's unpaid, be sure to check out our Funding Resources page to see what your options are. If you have any trouble logging in to NACElink, please contact

Campus Departments  

The best way to find a job is to start early in the semester and contact the departments that you are interested in.  Large departments such as the Library and Admissions office tend to hire more students.  Smaller academic departments also hire students based on need.  Have your resume prepared and contact the departments directly by calling, emailing, or going in person to inquire about openings.  Department administrators are the best people to contact in the department; you can find their contact information in the Barnard directory. If you need assistance preparing your resume, you may contact the Career Development office to meet with a staff member or Peer Career Advisor.

Student-Run Agencies

The following student-run agencies provide many employment opportunities for Barnard students and are a great way to get hands-on managerial experience. All students except international students are eligible to be hired as babysitters and bartenders. You should contact the agencies directly for these positions.

Barnard Babysitting Agency:  For more information, email or call (212) 854-2035.
Barnard Bartending Agency:  For more information, email or call (212) 854-4650.


Financial Aid Considerations

Many students receive either a Federal Work Study (FWS) award or a Barnard College Job (BCJ) award as part of their financial aid package.

Please note: Students cannot earn beyond their work awards. If you plan to work more hours than your award allows, you must request an increase at the Financial Aid Office.

Federal Work-Study Awards (FWS)

Students with a FWS award are granted awards based on their financial need. These awards are federally subsidized, and students may work on Barnard's campus, Columbia's campus, or at a variety of off-campus not-for-profit agencies and institutions. Students may participate in the America Reads/America Counts Challenge at Barnard, tutoring pre-k to elementary school children in reading or math, to earn their FWS Award. You may also participate in the Community-Based Work Study program; contact Adeline Medeiros at or 212.853.0770 to learn more.

Barnard College Job Awards (BCJ)

Students with a BCJ award have been designated an amount of money they can earn as part of their financial aid package. This amount can only be used for jobs on Barnard’s campus and cannot be earned at Columbia or other off-campus locations.

Students Not Receiving Financial Aid

Students who do not receive FWS or BCJ awards are still eligible to work on Barnard’s campus! Students without awards can apply for on-campus jobs after the Priority Hiring period ends, which is typically 2 weeks after the beginning of the academic year. Priority Hiring at Barnard refers to a policy of hiring only financial aid recipients before this date in the fall semester.