$mart Work Mizzou

The $mart Work Mizzou fellowship program provides on-campus employment opportunities for international undergraduate students during their first year at the University of Missouri. In addition to helping cover some student expenses, the program provides an immediate connection within the campus community.

Program benefits

  • Earn up to $5,500 during your first year of study while working 10 to 20 hours per week on campus.
  • Gain practical work experience and develop skills including customer service, leadership, critical thinking, accountability, time management, problem solving, communication and team work.
  • Attend monthly seminars covering professional, academic and personal success strategies.
  • Make connections on campus and with other Mizzou students.
  • Expand your opportunities for conversational English language in a workplace setting.


International undergraduate students who are attending college for the first time (freshmen) are eligible to apply for a $mart Work Mizzou fellowship.


$mart Work Mizzou fellowships are for one academic year (August—May) and, depending on your campus employer, you may work up to 20 hours per week. You are not required to work during school breaks, but may have the option to do so depending on your employer. If you work during school breaks, you may work up to 40 hours per week.

Participants are expected to:

  • Abide by the campus employer’s job assignment, performance and conduct requirements, including the agreed upon work schedule
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Attend a monthly one-hour seminar coordinated by International Student and Scholar Services
  • Attend the year-end fellowship celebration coordinated by ISSS
  • Notify ISSS immediately of any problems or concerns with your fellowship experience
  • Optional: Enroll in SSC 1150: Learning Strategies for International Students during the fall or spring semester

If you voluntarily withdraw or are dismissed from the fellowship program prior to its conclusion, you forfeit all estimated or potential income from the fellowship employer.

Once the fellowship program ends, you may have the option to continue working for your campus employer, or can seek other campus employment opportunities on your own.

Application instructions

Interested students should apply online. You will need to upload your résumé.

Acceptance and matching process

  1. International Student and Scholar Services reviews applications and notifies selected students.
  2. Selected students will interview (by voice or video call) with campus employers.
  3. ISSS coordinates matching students with campus employers and notifies students of their fellowship appointments.
  4. Students who accept the appointment will receive an official offer letter that outlines their on-campus employment and anticipated earnings. The estimated earnings will be included on the Form I-20 as “funds from school.”

Please email isss@missouri.edu with any questions about the program.