How To Get a Job

How To Get a Job

What kinds of FWS jobs are there?

On-Campus Assignments

Search the John Jay Job Bank for all current FWS Job opportunities.

The hourly rate for on-campus jobs is $15.00 for Undergraduates and $16.00 for Graduates.

Students can work in diverse areas such as African American Studies, Career Development Services and Internships, Children’s Center, Center on Media, Crime and Justice, the Center for Criminal Justice Ethics, the COPE Program, Economics, Enrollment Management Services (Admissions, Financial Aid, Graduate Admissions, One-Stop, Testing, the Call Center and the Registrar’s Offices), Government, Graduate Studies, Professional Studies, the English Language Support Center, the Writing Center, Math and Science Resource Center, Instructional Technology Support Services (computer labs), Health Services, Public Management, Recreation /Fitness Center, Equipment Room, for Athletic Teams, Student Affairs and Student Activities to name a few. Use the pull down down menu to the job bank for the list.

Off-Campus Assignments

You can work for a non-profit or agency that has signed an agreement with the City University of New York to employ FWS students. Off-campus job opportunities are varied and numerous and may be located in any one of the 5 boroughs. Assignments range from serving as a counselor in a youth center to being an assistant in CUNY’s Central Office. The general salary range can vary; the off-campus employer shares the costs of paying the students they employ with the FWS Program.

Public Service Corps (PSC)

The Public Service Corps offers FWS students internships at one of more than 30 participating New York City agencies. As a PSC intern, you will need to be certified in the FWS Program. Shortly thereafter, you will be contacted to meet with a Placement Officer at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services or an interview. You will need to bring a résumé and your social security card with you. At the completion of the process, bring a copy of the Intern Assignment Form to the Federal Work Study Coordinator. For more information about the job types, click here. If you are interested in PSC, please see the FWS Coordinator.

Community Service Positions

You are encouraged to consider community service opportunities as you search for an appropriate FWS assignment. Job assignments that fit the community service description involve health care, child care, literacy training, and other services designed to improve the quality of life for NYC residents, particularly to low income individuals. Community service positions are available on- and off-campus and through the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Program. For more information, click here and then see your FWS Coordinator.

FWS Process and Instructions

See the FWS Intake Process Handout for further instructions and details on the procedure.

1. You must have a FWS award, (check your CUNYfirst account).

**If you do not have a FWS award, click here to go to the Career Development Center and click on "John Jay Careers Online" to search for  non-FWS job. 

2. You must be registered for at least 6 credits (or equated credits), and be in good academic standing 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for Undergraduate and 3.0 for Graduate.

3. Schedule an appointment to begin the intake process with a FWS Processing Officer via the AdvisorTrac. In the meantime, visit the John Jay Job Bank to browse available jobs. Write down all jobs of interest with contact information. 

4. Attend your intake appointment. All required documents will be provided to you during your appointment, but you may download and bring with you if you prefer (See Employment Forms). Remember to bring your required IDs with you to your appointment (See p. 3 of the Form I-9).

5. After completing the intake process, you will be input into the system and may begin working on your assigned start date.

The Student/Employer Acknowledgements Form (i.e. 'the contract') will include your total award, total hours per academic year, total hours per semester, max hours per week, and your start/ end date. Be mindful of these. 


Interview Tips
  • Dress in professional attire
  • Bring a current resume
  • Be punctual
  • Have a pen and pad and be prepared to take any notes
  • Be certain to record the Interviewer's name and contact information
  • Know what times you are available to work, remember working the recommended hours allows you to work for the fall and spring semesters (Award / Rate / # of weeks left to work) (Example: $2000/ $15.00/ 30 (15 weeks in the fall and 15 weeks in the spring) = 4.5 hours)


Sample Interview Questions
  • Tell me about yourself? How would you describe yourself?
  • Tell me about your most recent work experience.
  • What would you say is your biggest strength? Weakness?
  • What qualities and skills do you have that will make you succeed in this position?
  • Why should I hire you? Why do you want this job?
Potential Skills or requirements

Your employer/ potential supervisor may require that you know to:

  • answer the phone
  • properly write a memo or letter
  • use office equipment


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