Hours of Work and Overtime

Academic Year

Full-time Johns Hopkins University students who receive a salary or wage from the university may work no more than 19.99 hrs per week during periods of enrollment. Hours worked at multiple jobs concurrently count toward the weekly limit.

Lunch Breaks

The standard university work schedule is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For payroll purposes, the standard work week consists of seven days, 12:01 a.m. Monday through midnight the following Sunday.

  • For student workers over 18 years of age, breaks of 20 minutes or more are unpaid. Breaks of less than 20 minutes must be paid. There is no legal requirement to provide a break during a work shift. However, for students who work 6 consecutive hours or more in one day, we strongly recommend that they be granted a 30 minute lunch break.
  • Student workers under 18 years of age are considered minors and must receive a 30 minute break for every five consecutive hours of work.

In other case, if a student works during a scheduled break, the entire “break” is considered time worked, and must be paid and included in the sum of hours worked during the work week. This is especially important to remember during intersession and summer break.

Summer/Winter Breaks

During periods of non-enrollment (i.e. summer, winter vacation, and intersession), student employees may work up to 40 hours per week. However, students may not begin working more than 19.99 hours until the Monday after the posted final exam period. This date can be found on the university’s Academic Calendar.


During periods of non-enrollment, students are allowed to work full-time. As a result, any hourly paid student who works in excess of 40 hrs per week is required by law to receive overtime at time and a half pay.


Students who work for the university, in a student job classification, are not eligible for paid holiday leave. If a student works on a holiday, they are to be paid their standard hourly wage/salary.

Break Time for Nursing Mothers

In keeping with the Fair Labor Standards Act, all female faculty, staff and student-employees who breastfeed their child will be provided reasonable break times to express milk throughout the day. Review the complete PDF Document: policy for nursing mothers (PDF).