Service Learning & Community Action

Community Work Study

If you received a work-study award as part of your financial aid package, consider using your work-study hours to make meaningful contributions to local nonprofit organizations.

Community Service Work-Study works the same way as on-campus work-study: the same requirements apply with regard to completing time sheets and not exceeding your award total, and you must still go through Student Employment to process your contract.

Because Community Service Work-Study is a federal program, this opportunity is only available to students who have received a federal work-study award as part of their financial aid package. Emerson Employment students are ineligible for this program. All Community Service Work-Study jobs must be posted to the Emerson job posting system.

Service work-study helps provide local organizations with consistent volunteer help at a fraction of the cost of paid employees. At the same time, you can do meaningful work while still being able to afford college necessities.

Service work-study helps you establish off-campus connections to help develop your résumé and further your career exploration. You can use your major-specific skills to provide a service—helping with a nonprofit’s website or marketing, working with children or elders on acting and creative writing, and so on.

Finally, community service work-study could provide additional monetary benefit in the form of an education award through AmeriCorps. If you are accepted to the Student Leaders in Service program and complete 300 hours of service during an academic year, including your service work-study in that tally, you are eligible for a $1,000 award to go toward repayment of student loans or directly toward your tuition bill.

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