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Community Work Study

Become a member of the CWS program!

The Community Work Study (CWS) program places undergraduate students at nonprofit and public organizations in the Greater New Haven area. The students are compensated entirely through Federal Work Study funds, allowing students to have regular income at no cost to the community organization.

Students are able to gain real world experience while still having a support system at UNH. The program offers a professional development aspect not found in many on-campus work study jobs. Students are able to take advantage of professional development workshops that respond directly to the areas they feel they need to enhance. Students are encouraged to reflect on their experience through monthly reflection sessions.

This is also an opportunity to make valuable contacts within the Greater New Haven area. In a few instances, students have been hired as  employees at their work site. To participate in the CWS program you must be an undergraduate student, be eligible for Federal Work Study, and you must be committed to working at a nonprofit or public organization for one full academic year.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, students in the Community Work Study program worked a total of 5,832 hours. The value of that service according to the independent is $162,527.94! 

Check out the Community Work Study Brochure which can be found here or picked up in the International and Experiential Education office located in Kaplan 210. 

  1. CWS Stories

    Click the tabs to read  stories about past CWS participants and the impact they made in the New Haven community.

  2. Elicia

    Elicia worked as a case management assistant with No Closed Doors (NCD).

    NCD, which is part of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and is run primarily by volunteer college students, offers case management services to low-income and homeless persons. Elicia helped individuals find employment, update their resumes, and prepare for job interviews. Elicia's eyes were opened to the prevalence of homelessness in Greater New Haven through her work with NCD. She worked with Randy, an unemployed client who was searching for a job when he found NCD. Randy came into the organization every day for two weeks and received assistance developing computer skills and applying to jobs. Randy eventually got called for an interview. When he was accepted to a job position, he came back and told Elicia the following day! All of his hard work paid off, and Elicia witnessed his success first-hand. 

  3. Emily

    Emily worked as a program assistant at the West Haven Community House.

    The West Haven Community House assists in the development of healthy and productive lives for children, adolescents, families, and individuals with disabilities. Emily worked with their Head Start program--a comprehensive preschool for low-income children--alongside a dietician. She helped to perform sight and eye examinations and calculate the children’s body mass indexes. The program worked closely with the dietician to encourage healthy eating habits early in life.

  4. Michelle

    Michelle worked as an ESL assistant at Gateway Community College.

    Michelle taught a beginning ESL class at Gateway Community College every Friday evening. The class, which was mainly comprised of refugee students, offered a chance for community residents to engage in language immersion at no-cost to them. Michelle also utilized her Spanish speaking skills and learned the importance of interpersonal communication as an ESL assistant.