Finding Jobs at CUNY

By Jack Devine

Are you a student looking for work at CUNY? This can feel overwhelming, as CUNY can be difficult to navigate. It’s a large and complex system. There’s no centralized hub where every position is posted. Applying for jobs can be a hassle. However, if you know where to look there are resources that provide access to great job opportunities across the campuses.

Research Foundation CUNY

One of the many resources available to students is the Jobs Opening list at Research Foundation CUNY. RFCUNY is a not-for-profit educational corporation that supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining outside funding from the government and private sponsors. The foundation is also responsible for the administration of all such funded programs. It manages nearly 4,000 grants across the CUNY colleges and professional schools. There are a wide variety of positions available on its website that are divided into six categories of job opportunities:

  • Administrative Services
  • Clerical/Office Services
  • Information Technology
  • Instruction and Social Service
  • Managerial and Professional
  • Research

Both full-time and part-time jobs opportunities are listed in the database. The most common type of position available for students is assistant. You can apply to become a research assistant, an executive assistant, or a teaching assistant. There are also other kinds of job openings, including tutoring positions and work in project management or development. Most of these opportunities do not last beyond either a semester or a year since the positions are funded by grants. → CUNY First

Another resource for job seekers is It has an appealing, easy to use interface. You can filter your search by campus, category, state, city, and title. While the plurality of positions available are faculty jobs, there are other kinds of opportunities listed for current students. Numerous college assistant positions are listed under the “Support Staff” category.  If you click on “Apply Now” it should lead you to the application portal on CUNY First. That’s where you upload your resume and a cover letter in order to apply for the position.

The Student Jobs & Internships tab on offers a number of opportunities to find a job while earning your degree. Federal Work Study provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, enabling them to make money to assist in covering education expenses. The CUNY/311 Project places qualified CUNY students as part-time Student Call Takers at New York City’s 311 Customer Service Call Center. The CUNY/NYCHA Call Center Project is a partnership between the CUNY Internship Program and New York City Housing Authority that offers employment at the NYCHA Customer Information Center.

Human Resources

Campus Human Resources Offices is a website that compiles links to the Human Resources website for each individual campus. Click through each link and you’ll find more job opportunities.


Another great resource that we provide is the weekly newsletter. It includes new job opportunities as well as upcoming events that offer you the chance to connect with potential employers. When we receive a CUNY-based opportunity, we are sure to include it in the newsletter. Be on the lookout for an email from your Assistant Program Officer.

Making Connections

Oftentimes you’ll discover the best opportunities by word of mouth. Speak with your advisor and other faculty that you’ve built relationships with to let them know that you’re looking for work. Explain to them what sort of job opportunity you’re interested in. They might be able to help you directly or point you in the right direction. It’s worth a shot!

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