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Community Work-Study 


"Having the capability of handling work and academics can be challenging, but work study has enabled me to work around my own schedule. Work study has given me the opportunity to not only engage myself in my academics but also the chance to grow as an independent individual in the work force."

- Petri M. Lopez '14 


Providence College students who demonstrate financial need are eligible to participate in the federal Community Work-Study program. The program is constructed so that students can work at nonprofit organizations throughout the community and receive pay through the federal government. A benefit of Community Work-Study is that it allows for students to gain real world experience related to their interests and field of study while at the same time serving as a resource to community organizations. 

Community Work-Study is an opportunity for students with a federal work-study award to work at partnered community sites and be paid through their work-study funding. Applications are available online under the student employment website and directions for applying are listed below.
For more information about the Community Work-Study (CWS) program, please visit our website here.

Spring 2016

The Community Work-Study Program is still hiring new and returning students! Spring semester employment may begin between January-March 2016.

To Apply for Community Work-Study:

Application directions for NEW HIRES:

  1. Go to the Careers Website at​
  2. Select “Undergraduate Student Positions". Search for "Community Work-Study Student SUMMER" OR "Community Work Study Students (NEW HIRES)" (for Fall 2015)
  3. If you have never created an application on the Careers website, you must do so now. Click "Apply for this Requistion/Posting"; you will then be prompted to log-in, OR create a new application. 
  4. Once you have created an application, you'll have to respond to "additional questions" for the Community Work-Study Application. Under "Top Site Choice(s)", please indicate the sites you are interested in working at. The list of current available positions can be found here:​
  5. Upload a current resume, and a cover letter. You have the choice whether to address individual cover letters for each of your top three sites or to make one generic cover letter that could be sent to all three (address to “Community Work-Study Partner Site”)
  6. Submit your form! You will receive an e-mail from the Program Coordinator confirming that your application has been submitted. If you do not hear from her within one week, please e-mail her at
  7. Those seeking site placements will have their resume and cover letter forwarded to their site choices (you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the Program Coordinator once your materials have been forwarded). You will hear directly from the community partner whether or not you will be interviewed. If you do not hear from the site within two weeks of receiving a confirmation e-mail, please e-mail the Program Coordinator. 
  8. Once hired, students and must inform the Program Coordinator to be scheduled for a mandatory training and receive important paperwork.
  9. You are eligible to start working for compensation once you have completed a training and appropriate paperwork!


Application directions for RETURNING CWS STUDENTS (RE-HIRES):

  1. Go to the Careers Website at​
  2. Select “Undergraduate Student Positions". Search for "Community Work-Study Student SUMMER" OR "Community Work-Study Students RE-HIRES" (for Fall 2015)
  3. Under “Position Secured for 2015-2016”, please list the organization and the position. 
  4. Check the semesters you plan on working, or have been hired for.
  5. Submit your form!
  6. Once your application has been submitted, contact Magali García-Pletsch to set up a time for you to pick up your Employment Certification Form from Feinstein 402. You are eligible to start working for compensation once you have filled out a new Employment Certification Form and submitted it to Financial Aid.


Spring 2016: Apply Now!

The application process for the academic year of 2015-2016 is still open! All positions for the spring 2016 semester can begin at any time, starting in January 2016.

Magali García-Pletsch
Program Coordinator
Feinstein Institute for Public Service

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