International Students

If you are studying at Bates on an F-1 Visa, you are only eligible to work for Bates College, in an on-campus position.

International students can apply for all on-campus jobs via Handshake as soon as they receive Handshake access. This access is usually given in August, the summer before their freshman year, and does not have to be renewed.

Students on an F-1 visa can work a maximum of 20 hours per week across all jobs while classes are in session, and 40 hours per week during breaks that are at least a week long. F-1 students who go over this limit can have their visa status revoked. International students must be vigilant in monitoring their hours. We want you to continue studying, living, and working as part of the Bates community!

All international students must have a U.S social security card to work on campus. You do not have to wait until you have your social security card to apply for jobs. Once you have been offered a position and a hiring form has been submitted by your supervisor, the Student Employment Office will contact you regarding employment forms and International Tax Status Analysis. International students will then work with the Dean of International Students to finalize receiving their social security card with the Social Security Office. Additionally, the Bates Work Authorization process will include a Social Security Card application as part of the initial set of forms sent via Adobe Sign for international students who do not have a Social Security number.

For questions about internships, please contact Shelley Palmer, the SEVIS Designated School Official, at or call 207-786-6223. The Office of Global Education is located in Roger Williams, room 124.