Student Employment & Work Study
Many students choose to supplement their academic coursework and extracurricular activities with a part-time work experience. Part-time jobs not only provide a source of income, but many students believe that work experience adds structure to their weeks and empowers them with valuable skill sets. GW provides a number of options and resources for students interested in part-time employment during their undergraduate tenure. These opportunities are available during the academic year as well as the summer months.
GW Career Center
Located at the corner of 20th and F Streets, GW’s Career Center provides a variety of services, both in-person and online, for current students and alumni. The Career Center serves as a resource to help students find part-time jobs, internships and co-op experiences, as well as full-time employment opportunities after graduation. Services at the Center include career consulting, networking workshops, resume critique services, mock interviews, career and internship fairs, four-year career action plans and alumni career connections.
The Career Center's online job and internship listings service makes it easy for students to manage job-search activities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All GW students and alumni may use GWork to research and apply for part-time employment (including all Federal Work-Study jobs), full-time jobs, internships, co-op positions and temporary employment.
Federal Work Study (FWS)
The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded need-based work program allows students who have received a Federal Work-Study award as part of their University financial aid package to earn wages during college while working at pre-approved organizations. Organizations that offer FWS employment include the University itself, local nonprofit organizations, government agencies and community service employers. Renewal of the award is contingent upon completion of at least 12 credit hours of study each semester, maintenance of a 2.0 or better grade point average, reapplication by the published April deadline and continued financial need.
There are a number of advantages to a federal work-study position. Because these positions are designed with students in mind, FWS jobs may include flexible hours, employment close to or directly on campus and an expectation of approximately 10 hours of work per week.
More information about the FWS Program can be found here on the Career Center’s web site.
Living in the heart of a major metropolitan area, GW students find that there is no shortage of part-time employment opportunities. Students can work on campus, at nearby nonprofits and community service organizations, local restaurants, retail stores and countless other agencies in downtown Washington and its suburbs. While students typically seek out part-time employment through their own initiative, the Career Center helps to connect students with a variety of part-time employment experiences
Internships are a great way to experience different work settings, explore a variety of career fields, further develop marketable skills and cultivate networking opportunities. Students pursue internships to gain practical professional experience and to link the world of work to their academic studies. Internships can be paid or unpaid, credit or non-credit, and vary in hours per week and weeks per semester. Typical students will work 10 to 12 hours per week at their internships during the academic year, although this varies depending on the nature of the internship experience. The Career Center, faculty members and academic advisers all serve as great resources to help students find internships that match their interests and fit within their academic programs.
Alumni Networking Opportunities
GW boasts a global network of more than 220,000 alumni, with over 70,000 of them in metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. The Career Advisor Network is an online directory of GW alumni dedicated to providing career strategy assistance to other alumni and current GW students. Students and alumni utilize this online network, along with face-to-face networking opportunities on and off campus, to connect with alumni who are active in the fields in which they are interested. In addition to great contacts in a variety of professions, these networking opportunities often yield part-time and full-time employment opportunities.