As students examine the various ways to manage unmet cost when attending a college or university, one mechanism to consider is working over the breaks or part-time during the school year. Here at the University of Denver, many students view employment is an excellent way to help finance their education and there are several offices that will assist them in the search for employment opportunities. Three of these offices include the Office of Student Employment, the Career Center, and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and each offers a unique cross-section of the employment options at University of Denver.
The Office of Student Employment
The Office of Student Employment assists students in finding part-time jobs while students are pursuing a degree, regardless of financial need. It develops off-campus job opportunities for students and manages the Work-Study program.
For undergraduate and graduate students who want jobs regardless of their financial need, the Office of Student Employment specializes in locating and developing part-time off-campus jobs. All jobs pay a minimum of $10 per hour and are local community organizations easily accessible by utilizing the bus and light rail systems available to all students. The positions are updated daily, so there are always options for students to pursue.
The Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses and is awarded through the Office of Financial Aid. The program encourages community service work and work related to each student’s course of study. Work-Study jobs are available both on and off campus. If the student works off-campus, then the employer will be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency. The work performed must be in the public interest (more information below).
Although many students qualify for Work-Study, a Work-Study award is not offered to all eligible students because funding is limited. Because Work-Study is a highly competitive financial aid award, it is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. To be considered for the Work-Study program, it is imperative that prospective students complete their FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by the priority deadline of March 1, 2010. We make a conscious attempt to support the employment needs of all University of Denver students to the greatest extent possible.
The Career Center
The Career Center serves as a career planning and internship/job search center for the University. Students can utilize the following specialized services:
· Job & Internship Resources
· Career Assessments
· Career Fairs
· Interview Preparation
· Professional Network of alumni, employers and parents
· Major & Career Counseling
· Resume & Cover Letter Critiques
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The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning seeks to educate, engage, and equip the campus community to accomplish tangible, public work that improves the lives of people in our communities.
Community Service Work-Study
If awarded a Work-Study award through the Financial Aid process, you will have the option to pursue a position in a community service position. For the purpose of the University of Denver Federal Work‐Study Program, community services are defined as services designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low‐income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. through the CCESL, you can earn your work-study money by working in any one of our Denver Public School partners or in any of several non-profits that they work with throughout the Denver community.
AmeriCorps Service Scholarship
If you decide to utilize your Work-Study award in a community service setting or you pursue a volunteer service position, you may also be eligible for an AmeriCorps service scholarship. In exchange for providing an unmet human need in the community, DU AmeriCorps members receive a federal educational award. The award comes in the form of a voucher, and can be used for tuition or outstanding student loans. In addition, the award can be held in an account for up to seven years if a member wishes to use it at a later date. The dollar amount of the award depends on the length of service. Often times, it will not require any extra hours or commitment, just additional paperwork and tracking of hours. It will also connect you with other DU students engaged in their community. This scholarship amount is directly related to the number of hours you work in your position:
· 300 hours over 1 calendar year = $1000
· 450 hours over 1 calendar year = $ 1250
· 675 hours over 1 calendar year = $ 1800
· 900 hours over 2 calendar years = $2363
In addition, a portion of the interest accruing on your federally backed student loans will be paid while you are a member. Members are also eligible to apply for an additional $250 scholarship that can be applied toward professional development training opportunities and conferences.
I hope this gives you a good overview of the different types of employment services available for students on our campus. We look forward to helping you throughout your time here as a student!
Joslyn Robich, Assistant Director of Student Employment