Student Hiring & Training 

Below are campus guidelines, policies, and procedures to hire and train students.

Student Hiring Procedures

Students can participate in your research experience and applied learning opportunities by being employees or volunteers, or by earning academic credit. Please consult the following campus policies to ensure compliance.

* If you provide a stipend for an undergraduate research assistant (e.g., through an REU grant) during the academic year, the stipend will displace financial aid. Please see UC San Diego's policy on the REU payment process. 

Safety Training for Student Employees

Student employees must be made aware of safety training that is appropriate for the work experience. Campus provides recommended safety training for different categories. Please refer to Supervisors’ Responsibilities and Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Requirement for more details.

Training for Student Researchers

All UC San Diego undergraduate students are required to complete training in the responsible conduct of research. Additionally, undergraduate researchers must complete specialized training coordinated by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

Research advisors and lab supervisors are responsible for identifying specific hazards and maintaining the appropriate safety training records. A new laboratory worker checklist must be completed for all UC San Diego lab personnel. Any certificates of completion issued by EH&S should be given to, and kept on file by, the research advisor or lab supervisor.

Please consult EH&S and the Office of Research Affairs for complete guidelines.

Practical or Academic Training for International Students

If the student's degree requires or options internships or work experience as an integral part of the program of study, international students with F-1 or J-1 visa status must receive work authorization to intern or work on/off campus. Depending on the type of work authorization, the International Center provides information on Curricular Practical Training and Academic Training. The information provides application timeframes, eligibility, requirements, process, and more.