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Student Hourly Employment is for students who will be paid from departmental, grant, or foundation funds. This includes International Students who have been granted authorization to work.
Work-study is an employment program that provides paid jobs for students who need to work to earn a portion of their education expenses. Work-study funds come from the state and federal government depending on which award you receive.
Priority work-study funds are allocated first to students that earned work-study in the prior academic year.
Listed below are the details about work-study. If you have any questions, please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships at 303-556-8593.
Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Colorado Work-Study (CWS) funds are different from grants or loans. Students earn Work-Study funds by working at an approved Work-Study job. Work-Study funds come from the state and federal government
depending on which award you receive. The amount of the award is typically $5,000 for the academic year, or $2,500 per semester, and is based on each student’s eligibility. Since this money must be earned through employment, it will be disbursed to each student semi-monthly (twice a month), depending upon the number of hours worked and the pay rate.
Federal Need Based Work-Study Criteria:
Colorado Need-Based Work-Study:
Colorado No-Need Work-Study (NNWS):
Colorado No-Need-Work-Study cannot be used for off campus employment. PLEASE NOTE: If you are awarded work-study, you may not begin your employment until the work-study form confirming your employment is turned into the OFA and all employment paperwork is submitted and approved in the Human Resources Office.
Work-study is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Students who are interested in receiving work-study must submit the appropriate WK__ form for the academic year. This is available on the Forms section of the Financial Aid page.
Continuing student employees who have already received work-study in the previous year and have a completed file with the Financial Aid Office by the priority packaging deadline will be offered work-study before new applicants. These students must submit the WK__ form for the award to be accepted by a set deadline or the award will be canceled.
Students who apply after the deadline and/or after funds have already been allocated are placed on a wait-list. The wait-list is awarded in date order that the WK__ form is received and that requirements are complete. Students who do not earn their work-study within the first three payrolls will have their work-study award canceled.
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Internships are an important part of your career journey. At MSU Denver the Classroom to Career Hub helps students find internships. Students are given access to our internship database, Career Link. We will also assist with resume review, interview preparation, and other internship search skills through the Career Lab.
Once you have an internship, we will guide you through the process of getting academic credit and will often do site visits and send out evaluations. Different academic departments have different internship policies so be sure to check with our office to determine the correct steps.
Some internships are paid work experiences that are related to a student’s major. These positions provide hands-on work experience that enhance the students’ job marketability after graduation. The money students earn in these positions can provide significant financial support for their education. Some of these positions are also appropriate for academic credit.
Both private industry and the non-profit world provide opportunities for students to enhance their classroom learning with an on-the-job experiences. Unpaid internships are done for academic credit. These experiences provide resume building skills and sometimes lead to paid employment upon graduation. Some students are required to do an internship, others can use it for elective credit.
The Office of Career Services provides high-quality, student-focused services to support all aspects of career exploration by encouraging students and alumni to develop self-knowledge, identify career goals, and build job-search skills to empower a life-long career journey.
The office also encourages employers to engage with students through various recruiting and career education opportunities.
The Career Services staff is committed to fostering multicultural efforts in our diverse community by promoting awareness and inclusivity which is reflected by our programs, professional development, and counseling approach.