Student Assistant Program

The Employment Development Department’s (EDD) Student Assistant /Graduate Student Assistant Program offers a unique opportunity for students who wish to gain on-the-job experience in a government setting. Students get the opportunity to work in a professional environment that is potentially closely related to their major. Students see what it is like to work for the state and how various programs impact each other and the people of California.

The EDD has Student Assistant opportunities throughout the state in a variety of fields, including accounting, administration, marketing, information technology, human resources, and more.

Job Duties

Student Assistants perform administrative, technical, and research duties that allows them to gain practical experience and learn about program policies and procedures. Duties will fall under either of two categories:

  • General – Assignments may include general administrative or technical duties that may or may not be directly related to a student’s academic education.
  • Research – Assignments may be directly related to the student’s field of study and career goals. Typical duties include research and analysis of the EDD programs and policies.

Salaries and Benefits

Student wages and pay increases are based on the number of college units completed and time worked. Students have flexible work schedules and earn paid holidays, vacation and sick leave (upon qualifying time worked), gain valuable public service experience, and much more.

Who Can Apply

Students who are currently enrolled in a minimum of six semester or eight quarter units in an accredited college or university can apply for Student Assistant or Graduate Student Assistant positions. Proof of enrollment must be provided prior to employment.

How to apply

Search for Student Assistant or Graduate Student Assistant positions with the EDD and follow the application filing instructions provided on the job posting.

You can download and save the State Application (STD. 678) , or it can be completed online through your CalCareer account.

If the EDD has no Student Assistant or Graduate Student Assistant openings at the time of your job search, you may send your State Application (STD. 678) to:

Employment Development Department
Human Resource Services Division, MIC 54
Attn: SA/GSA Program
P.O. Box 826880
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001

The EDD will place your name in an applicant pool for at least six months. When positions become available, applications will be forwarded to hiring managers for consideration.