Applications are currently being accepted for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Community Based Work Study is a state- and federally-funded program that supports employment for eligible students. The work-study award is part of the student’s financial aid package.

All CBWS positions can be found on the Student Job Postings page and are labeled as CBWS positions. Click the button below to browse all available CBWS positions, or use the search bar to find specific postings. These work-study opportunities are all off-campus positions, although some have the opportunity for virtual work from campus.

About Community Based Work Study

In collaboration with the CCCE, local organizations offer Community Based Work Study positions to eligible Carleton students. Work Study is a state- and federally-funded program that supports part-time employment for eligible students and is awarded as part of the student’s financial aid package. Eligibility for these positions are based on receipt of federal or state work study in a students financial aid package. If a student does not receive federal or state aid, they are not eligible for the program.

These employment opportunities foster partnerships between Carleton and community organizations with our students serving as the bridge. The CCCE works with our community partners to develop and recruit for these work opportunities, and hiring and supervising is handled directly by the organization. Examples of organizations we partner with are Clean River Partners, Faribault Public Schools, and the Northfield Public Library.

Community Based Work Study positions provide many benefits to community partners and students alike. By hosting Carleton students, organizations gain additional staff capacity and further their engagement with the Carleton student community. Through these roles, students are able to contribute in direct and meaningful ways to our community partners’ work while they simultaneously gain professional experience, develop skills and build relationships with community members. Check out our offerings today!

Application Process

  1. Students must have a federal or state work study award to be eligible for off-campus work study opportunities. Confirm eligibility by referencing your financial aid award or contact the Student Employment Office.
  2. The hourly wage is $12.00 for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  3. Students are allowed to work only during the academic year. The academic year does not include breaks.
  4. Explore CBWS positions on the Student Job Postings page. All CBWS positions are marked as CBWS in the title of the position.
  5. Follow the instructions on the position description to apply. Your application will be reviewed and forwarded to the corresponding community partner.
  6. If you are interested in multiple positions, complete an application for each position.
  7. The organization will contact you based on your qualification/experience for an interview. Hiring time frame will vary for different organizations.
  8. The organization will contact the applicant and the Manager of Student Development Programs with a hiring decision.
  9. Once a position has been offered and accepted, the student is required to work with the 5th year Education Associate to complete the mandatory paperwork and review procedures before beginning work.

What to expect after you apply

  • Student will work with Manager of Student Development Programs to confirm eligibility for CBWS program, and their application will be forwarded to the corresponding community partner.
  • Once a student accepts employment with a community partner, it is mandatory to make an appointment and meet with the 5th year Education Associate. We will discuss expectations, professionalism, and accountability as a student working with and for community partners.
  • Student who have not held a Work Study position will complete and submit two required forms, I-9 and W-4, to be completed through Human Resources. These forms can be obtained via Human Resources (Strong House).
  • The 5th year Education Associate will provide a hired student with materials and information, such as time sheets, payroll schedules, and transportation options.
  • Part of a student’s role is to establish communication with the 5th year Education Associate.

Become a Community Employer

For information on how to become a host for community based work study students, please contact Danielle Trajano.

CCCE 5th Year Education Associate application now open

The Center for Community and Civic Engagement is now accepting applications for the 5th Year Education Associate position to join our CCCE ProStaff team next year. The 5th Year Education Associate primarily supports the CCCE’s community-based work study (CBWS) program and assists the CCCE with programs such as alternative spring breaks and other projects based on the associate’s skills and interests. The position will be open until filled, but applications received by March 7 will receive priority consideration. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Danielle Trajano at If you’re interested in the position, please also reach out to the current 5th Year Education Associate, Maddie Fry, to learn more about their work.