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What is Community Work-Study?

Community Work-Study (CWS) is an opportunity for students to earn their financial aid awards (work-study) while working at local organizations in the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods in St. Paul.

The program’s focus is to encourage students to serve as a bridge between the local organization and Bethel, enabling both to build on the varied resources of the other. Community organizations receive assistance from a college student approximately 10-15 hours per week. Students are paid $12.50-$14.50 per hour.

The program provides an opportunity to contribute to community change by dedicating significant time to a local project. Students learn about community issues, develop new leadership skills, and build their professional network while expanding the capacity of a local organization. All students must attend workshops on nonprofit issues, models of social change, and skill-building techniques. These workshops are offered at various times.  

How do students get involved?

Step #1: Make sure that you are qualified for work-study.  If you don’t know, you can contact the Financial Aid department at finaid@bethel.edu 

Step #2: If you qualify for work-study, look over the list of job descriptions and find a job that aligns with your passions and your schedule. 

Community Work-Study Job Descriptions

Step #3: Complete this application once you have identified a job you are interested in interviewing.

Community Work-Study Application

Once you have completed the community work-study application, the Bethel FSU office will connect you with the supervisor of the position you applied for.  That supervisor will schedule an interview with you.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Dr. Tanden Brekke at t-brekke@bethel.edu.