Examples of Work Study Programs

Student working at a library as part of their work study programs

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If you were accepted for a federal work study program as part of your financial aid or are looking to make money between courses, you may be curious about what type of jobs are available to you on campus. Each college is different when it comes to what they offer, but it’s entirely possible to apply for a work study program position that is helpful to your future career. Here are some examples of work study programs and job opportunities that you may want to apply for.

Library Assistant

There are certain tasks you’ll have to complete as a library assistant. That includes putting away books, helping students find texts, assisting with computer work, or checking out books to students, faculty, and staff. These tasks can look excellent when you’re resume-building, as working in a library is no joke! Between curation and customer service, there is a lot going on.

Office Assistant

There are plenty of places for you to work as an office assistant on campus, from the school’s gym to the math department. You’ll answer phones and potentially emails, file documents, assist professors, and complete other office tasks.

Tour Guide

Each college and university offers open houses and tours for high school students. You probably attended some yourself! The school may offer some positions to alumni or people in the admissions department. However, positions are open to work study program students as well.


Your college may very well need assistance when it comes to their marketing department. From social media to pamphlets for open houses, there’s a lot of ground to cover. There could be openings for students here but what you’re hired to do depends entirely on your school’s needs.

Art Department Assistant

There’s a lot going on in an art department and a lot of materials that need to be prepped. Students and faculty can’t always handle all of it on their own. Your job may be to mix clay or organize supplies. This job can vary as there’s so many different areas of art.


Many employees in the computer lab and help desk are actually work study students. You may help fellow students with their computer or printer related issues, supervise computer use, or answer phones at a help desk. This can be a great job as you often have the time to work on your own projects between calls.


If there’s a particular subject you excel in, tutoring may be right up your alley when it comes to the work study program. This could be helping your peers, but you may also be asked to help in local K-12 schools.

These are just some of the more common jobs out there when it comes to work study programs. Each school is different however and job opportunities can change from year to year. When applying for a job on campus, try to find one that matches your interests or can give a boost to your resume after you graduate.

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