Work-Study Through Community and Civic Engagement


At the Community and Civic Engagement Center, we want to get you engaged in the surrounding community.

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded financial aid program that typically allows students to work in on-campus positions. If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study (a part of your financial aid package), we can place you in a position to gain relevant practical experiences off campus. These include many non-profit organizations in the local community. Check out testimonials from other students below, and if this interests you email or come talk to us!

Work-Study Testimonials

Nyim, a senior, works at the Jaisohn Center as a public health assistant. The Jaisohn Center is a medical facility that focuses their health services on the Korean-American population. Nyim is a public health major so working here helps him get practical experience in a field that he wants to pursue after graduation saying, “Working with a diverse population and their specific community needs as well as understanding the electronic medical records and how to deal with that kind of data analysis, I’m really using this as an opportunity to advance my personal skills.” For Nyim, this work study opportunity helped him fulfil an academic requirement and get paid through Federal Work Study. This work study placement helped Nyim create a network that helps him understand what it means to be a public health major and experience a different culture.

Natalia, a senior, has worked at Won for four years as a way to gain experience in her major. Natalia explains by saying, “My major is International Studies and I have two minors in Political Science and French, so I’ve always been really interested in languages and the position at Won would be teaching English as a second language. I knew I would be working with people from many different countries and this would be a good way to get to know more people and other cultures and other languages and stuff like that. So far, throughout all the four years, I’ve had students from almost every continent. I’ve worked with people from South Korea, a family of migrants from Tanzania, and a lot of people from Guatemala and Mexico and even Armenia which I thought was really cool.” At Won, they offer many different classes to help people, mostly of lower income, to integrate more into the community. Natalia says that the experience that she has gained from working at Won as been invaluable for her and has even connected to her classes saying, “A lot of my classes have been related to human rights and migration so it’s been really interesting to work with them personally and hear about their stories. Yes you’re teaching them English, but you’re also getting to know them on a personal level. It was helpful to talk to them and understand where they’re coming from.”

Melissa, worked at both Future Minds and Forgotten Cats during her sophomore year.  Melissa shared with the Community and Civic Engagement Center that "while working at Future Minds, I worked with 8th grade and high school students every Saturday. During these Saturday sessions, I assisted with ACT and SAT prep, and college readiness by discussing topics such as financial aid, scholarships, college tuition and other costs, the college application process, and essay writing."

"I research death penalty cases to write letters and op-eds [opposite the editorial page] for publishing. I seek out students to write op-eds, advise, and edit their work. I help create post cards that go to local representatives. I coordinate events for the awareness of the death penalty in PA. I have done advertisement and scheduled meetings to enhance the support of the events." Personal testimony from Anastasia, a sophomore, who has gained many valuable skills through work study to enhance her resume!

Douglas works at the Knights for Nutrition Food Pantry on campus. This food pantry is specifically designed for Arcadia Undergraduate and Graduate students to address the issue of food insufficiency among college students. As a freshman, this placement worked well for Douglas because he gets to connect himself even more with the community on campus. Douglas has had experience working with food banks through his work as an Eagle Scout which has helped with the start-up and running of the food pantry. Douglas encourages others to consider working at the food pantry because, “It’s nice to be able to know that you’re helping someone actively.”

Sound Like Something For You?

These are just some of the positions that we offer where you can serve Arcadia and the greater community on campus, while also getting an experience that can add to your resume. If you qualify for Federal Work Study, by working with us you can get paid for doing internships related to your major too. The CCEC office partners with many organizations in the community, but we also have positions on campus too, including in our office.

The members of the CCEC Office Team work to coordinate annual events like the Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner, Alternative Spring Break and New Student Day of Service, as well answering the volunteer requests of the community. By working in this office, they dedicate an immense amount of time while building critical skills like budgeting, computer and technical skills, design and advertising, event planning and more.

Ready to start now? Email and stop by our office—we’ll work with you to find the best fit.