Community Work-Study

We work with our community partners to establish subsidized, part-time positions through the federal work-study (FWS) program. This program allows Lawrence University to pay up to 50% of a student's wages if that student is employed by a local nonprofit, government, or community-based organization in a role that is designed to improve the quality of life for local residents. 

Per the U.S. Department of Education, qualifying services include:

  • "fields such as health care, child care, literacy training, education (including tutorial services), welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, community improvement, and emergency preparedness and response;
  • support services for students with disabilities; and
  • activities in which an FWS student serves as a mentor for such purposes as tutoring, supporting educational and recreational activities, and counseling, including career counseling."

We offer two opportunities for local organizations to submit positions for the community work-study program:

  1. Round 1: June 1st - July 15th
  2. Round 2: November 15th - December 15th

If your organization is interested in taking advantage of the federal work-study program to employ Lawrence students, please email


Does your organization offer paid or unpaid internships for college students? Are you interested in hosting interns, but unsure how to develop supervisory structures or position descriptions? Are you interested in partnering as a host site for one of our signature internship programs, including the Social and Environmental Justice cohort?

If so, our team can help!