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Federal College Work Study

The Federal College Work Study program is a form of financial aid that provides the opportunity to earn more than minimum wage working on campus or at a community service site. 

If you are interested in this program, you must first request work study in the Financial Aid Office.  Work study placement is coordinated through the Office of Career Services.

In order to participate in this program you must be eligible for financial aid.  Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for the eligibility requirements.  Most of the work sites are on campus, however there are a few community service sites off campus.  The amount of the award received will determine the amount of hours worked.  The pay rate is $9.00 or $9.50 per hour, depending on the job site.  If you receive the maximum award ($2,500 per semester), you will work approximately 15-16 hours per week.  To be placed, you will be required to activate your Handshake account, upload your resume, submit a letter of recommendation and be interviewed by the work location supervisor. After a successful interview, you will be asked to complete the necessary employment forms.  All first-time work study students will be required to participate in a Customer Service training program.

Work Study Manual

Work Locations

Department:  Accounting
Duties:  Student will assist with filing, copying, typing, running errands, maintain computer lab, answer the phone and other duties as assigned.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing receptionist/telephone, Microsoft Word, Excel, research on the Internet, can operate a copier.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Athletics
Duties:   WVSU Athletics is looking for office assistants along with person(s) interested in being equipment manager/ film manager/ practice-game assistant.
Days/Hours: 
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, can officiate athletic events.  Must be available to work home sporting events at nights and weekends.  Lifting of water jugs, towels, etc.
Position:  Open
  
Department:  Biology Core Lab Worker
Duties:  Students will help prepare laboratories for student taking Biology laboratory classes. You will be required to help with preparation and cleaning of items used in these laboratories. You will be trained on cleaning protocols, solution preparation, and some microbiology. Students learn how to navigate a Biology Lab and along the way they learn many useful skills that will help them during their time at WVSU.
Days/Hours:  No specific times
Qualifications & Skills: Science related major is helpful but not required.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Chemistry- Core Lab Prep Assistant
Duties:  Clean and organize glassware and labs. Shelve chemical jars/bottles and equipment. Assist in preparation of course materials and equipment. Assist in breakdown of used course materials and course waste management. Follow all safety practices and procedures.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, organization. Some laboratory experience preferred but not necessary.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Chemistry - Core Lab Worker
Duties:  Clean and organize glassware and labs. Shelve chemical jars/bottles and equipment. Refill water carboys, replenish supplies of safety glasses and gloves. Help maintain inventory and SDS. Administrative help. Run errands. Follow all safety practices and procedures.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, organization. Prior laboratory experience is a plus.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  College of Arts and Humanities
Duties:  Assist with basic troubleshooting, manage front office space in keeping the office tidy, professional and functional. Greet visitors and determine to whom they need to speak with. Assist faculty and staff in making copies, answer telephone and perform other duties as assigned.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Microsoft Word and Excel.
Position:  Open

Department:  College of Business & Social Sciences
Duties:  Filing and other office work using Word and Excel, help answer phones, especially during lunch hours, monitor the computer lab, assisting professors and adjuncts when needed and run errands when asked. Also need students to help with college web page and college newsletter for the Dean
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone. Must be responsible and self-motivated.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Communications and Marketing 
Duties:  Student will assist the Department in various aspects including but not limited to writing, social media and videography.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, knowledge of graphic design and newspaper/editing skills. 
Position:  Open

Department:  Counseling & Accessibility Services
Duties:  Answer phones, take messages, run errands, assist with campus events and be confidential.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone.  Walking and lifting 25 pounds.
Position:  Open

Department:  Drain-Jordan Library
Duties:  Staff the Circulation desk and Reference desk Greet patrons coming into the library and direct them accordingly. Add new patrons to Virtua. Check in/out items. Check cataloging record of all new books for accuracy. Assist patrons with printers. Assist Cataloging Department- processing new books.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Enrollment Management
Duties:  This job requires a high level of customer service and answering the phone, as well as filing, sorting, and other office duties. It requires the utmost confidence in student privacy. You will not be able to discuss student matters with anyone outside of the office.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, and receptionist/telephone skills.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  First Year Academic Advising Center
Duties:  The student will serve as a knowledgeable office assistant to the FYAAC. The student will be proactive in serving the needs of FYAAC by being organized, receiving and welcoming visitors to the Office, and performing clerical duties.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 or 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone. Maintain a neat/professional appearance and attitude during work. Strong communication and people skills, good organizational and multi-tasking abilities and problem solving skills. Ability to handle confidential matters.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Financial Aid
Duties:  Students will perform front desk duties such as answer phones, greet students and answer financial aid questions. Students will also file, work on general reports and prepare files for counselors.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, and receptionist/telephone skills.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Housing and Residence Life
Duties:  Answer phones, check-in visitors as they enter Keith/Dawson Hall, answer questions from residents, relay concerns to Resident Assistants and Director. Distribute mail to students from the mailroom.
Days/Hours:  Mailroom (10-6 pm) and Front Desk (6 -12 am)  Monday – Sunday 
Qualifications & Skills:  Receptionist/telephone.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Human Resources
Duties:  Maintaining computer system by updating and entering data, compiling reports and preparing spreadsheets.  Answer telephones, greet visitors in a courteous and professional manner, photocopying, delivering, picking-up and distributing mail, light typing & filing, and running errands and other duties as may be required.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Familiar with Microsoft Office software.  Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
Position:  Open

Department:  Mathematics & Computer Science - Computer Lab Assistant
Duties:  Assist students, staff, and faculty with logging in.  Report any network, hardware or software problems.  Answer general questions regarding software.  Maintain an orderly and open computer lab.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, typing, receptionist/telephone.  Familiar with Windows and Microsoft Word.  Can operate a computer and printer. 
Position:  Open
 
Department:  Printing Services
Duties:  Assist with daily operations in the University Print Shop. Answer the phones, assist with billing, pre-press and press work and deliveries to on campus offices.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone, knowledge of graphic design, accounting/bookkeeping and newspaper/editing.
Position:  Open
  
Department:  Student Life and Engagement
Duties:  Assist with daily operations to include answering phones, filing, supervise the operation of the Fitness Center and information desk. Also, help with campus activities/events and other duties as assigned.
Days/Hours: 
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone, can officiate athletic events, knowledge of graphic design, newspaper/editing.  Familiar with InDesign software.
Position:  Open

Department:  Student Support Services and Upward Bound - Lab Assistant/Tutor and Office Assistant
Duties:  To assist in the TRIO computer labs. Sign students into the lab, provide assistance with printing, answer questions, maintain clean work areas. Help with Office and clerical duties such as answering the phones, making copies, shredding files, making and distributing flyers and assisting with promotional tables. Provide mentoring and tutoring. Assist in coordinating and implementing community services and TRIO activities.
Days/Hours: 
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, and receptionist/telephone skills.
Position:  Open
 
Department:  University Advancement
Duties:  Assist with mailings, answer phones, data entry and other duties as assigned.
Days/Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, Will work with class schedule.
Qualifications & Skills:  Basic computer skills, filing, receptionist/telephone. Familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.
Position:  Open

Off Campus Community Service Sites
Organization:  Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council
Title: Marketing and Communications Assistant
Duties:  The Marketing and Communications Assistant will support the council's marketing and communications projects by creating graphics, crafting social media content, brainstorming engaging campaigns and collaborating to increase and retain membership of volunteers and Girl Scouts by improving their experience. For more information or to see the complete position description, please contact Julie Morgado at julie.morgado@bdgsc.org
Days/Hours:  Flexible
Qualifications & Skills:  Strong written and verbal communication skills, experience managing multiple projects, deadlines and details, must be a self-starter and possesses working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Must be able to pass a background check. Access to reliable transportation.
Position:  Open

Organization:  Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County
Title:  Student Intern & Office Support
Duties:  Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha Co. (LVKC) teaches reading, writing and English as a Second Language (ESL) for free. LVKC is an all volunteer non-profit. We teach one-on-one virtually and in-person. LVKC is looking for someone to help recruit new students and tutors through our Website and Facebook page. They will work on special projects such as direct mail fundraisers and our Kids Holiday Book Drive that collects new books for children and teens in local homeless and domestic violence shelters. They will also accompany LVKC staff to community outreach events.
Days/Hours:  Flexible
Qualifications & Skills:  Good computer skills a must.  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Must be able to pass a background check. Access to reliable transportation.  MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED in compliance with our staff policy.
Position:  Open

Organization:  Partnership of African American Churches
Title:  Tutoring, After School Program
Duties:  The Partnership of African American Churches (PAAC) is a 501 (c) 3 collaborative, non-profit, faith based community development corporation.  While PAAC serves all communities, it intentionally targets African American communities in West Virginia. The PAAC is a specific initiative driven organization focusing on community and individual well-being which involves both policy change and programmatic implementation.  Locations:  Institute Church of the Nazarene, Institute; King Community Center, Charleston; Levi Baptist Church Annex, Rand
Days/Hours:  Flexible
Qualifications & Skills:  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Must be able to pass a background check. 
Position:  Open
 
Work Study Supervisors

If your department would like to employ work study students for the next academic year, please set up your employer account in Handshake and post your open position (see below).

We will do our best to meet your requests. However, there is no guarantee that the number of students requested will be provided. Most students are assigned during the first three weeks of the Fall semester. However, some students students may be assigned later in the Fall and Spring semesters once their financial aid paperwork is complete.

At the end of the academic year, or once the student has ceased working in your department, please submit a performance evaluation form (see below).

Click here for instructions on how to set up your employer account and post jobs through Handshake.
Work Study/Handshake FAQ
Click here to complete a job performance evaluation.
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