CUNY EDGE Fellowship Program

CUNY EDGE Fellowship Program


In January 2015, New York City's Human Resource Administration (HRA) eliminated unpaid Work Experience Program (WEP) positions for CUNY students and replaced those positions with paid work study opportunities funded by the agency. The CUNY EDGE Fellowship Program provides these paid work opportunities for undergraduate students who are approved by HRA for college attendance, have registered all of their eligible activities with HRA, and still need additional activities to meet HRA’s full-time participation requirement of 30 hours per week. HRA determines eligibility and the number of hours each student is assigned.


The purpose of the CUNY EDGE Fellowship Program is to support college retention, help students achieve their educational goals allowing them graduate in a timely manner and find employment leading to economic self-sufficiency.


Fellowship Placement Sites:
Students complete a short application form providing contact information, skills, interests, major, and hours of availability in order to make the best possible placement site match. Students are then screened, matched accordingly and interviewed by on-campus work sites. Students can work  a maximum of 19 hours per week at their site. Hours are determined by HRA. Once a student and the Work-Study Coordinator have agreed upon placement, the student will begin the process of interviewing with potential site supervisors.

Some of our sites include but are not limited to

  • Center for Career and Professional Development
  • Urban Male Initiative
  • Jay Express
  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Center for Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Admissions
  • Community Outreach
  • Student Council


Professional Development:
All students attending Fellowship orientation must complete mandatory professional development training before beginning their placement site. Students who are in need of professional attire are referred to our partner, Bottomless Closet. Bottomless Closet provides two outfits; one for interview and one for when hired. Our Life Skills Coach, facilitates Career Development, Life Skills and Financial Fluency Workshops to prepare students with their work study interviews.  In addition, students will meet with the coach for One-On-One sessions available on Thursdays and Wednesdays evenings covering the following topics:

  • Professionalism & attire at the workplace
  • Effective and appropriate ways to communicate
  • Punctuality and timeliness
  • Successfully prioritizing multiple responsibilities and tasks
  • Resume and Cover Letter