Q: What interested you in the Off Campus Community Service Federal Work Study program?
The larger pay sparked my eye at first, but I soon saw all of the great experiences available to work off campus. It has helped me to learn how to navigate around New Haven, get comfortable with the bus service and interact with people not affiliated with UNH.
Q: What do you do?
I'm an office manager who assists the employees of CT Voices.
Q: What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had so far?
The most rewarding experience so far is meeting many intelligent people that are all working towards a common goal of improving the lives of children in CT. Working with them has opened my eyes to the hard work that is done behind the scenes to help children.
Q: What is the best part of the program?
The best part of the program is being able to find the right organization to work for. This makes it much more manageable balancing work and class.
Mary Jennings, Emily Walker’s supervisor at the CT Voices
Q: Why were you interested in having a CWS student from UNH?
As a nonprofit we are always trying to find affordable solutions. I have always been a fan of employing work-study students. It is a great program. Students acquire real work experience and employers can afford part-time employees.
Q: What is your role at CT Voices?
I am the office manager. I handle the administrative, accounting and HR responsibilities.
Q: How has Emily contributed to your organization?
Emily is wonderful. She is smart, helpful, and friendly. Since this was her second year with us the training has been minimal. With little supervision or instructions we can give her any task or project.
Q: In your opinion, what is the best part of the program?
The best part is being able to hire reliable part-time help. It can be difficult – first to match the student and employer, second to train, and third to hope the work-study student will continue next year.