Financial Aid

Student Employment

Listen to a WCSU Media Podcast. Episode: WCSU Student Employment (recorded November 2018)


Fall 2019/Spring 2020 employment opportunities will be posted as they are received.
Check back for job posts and/or inquire directly with departments.


Federal Work Study is awarded based on demonstrated financial need and availability of funding as part of an eligible student’s financial aid package. To verify if you have a work study award, check your financial aid package in BannerWeb or call our office at 203-837-8580.


Department: Biological and Environmental Sciences 

Location: Science Building 242, Midtown Campus

Description: Lab Assistant – The lab assistant will work in the Vertebrate Zoology Lab. Will maintain order and cleanliness of alcohol preserved specimens and skeletons.

Requirements/Desired: Commitment to excellence and trustworthiness. Good interpersonal skills. Spanish language fluency is helpful for communicating with international colleagues.

Hours/Schedule: Fall semester. Flexible based on schedule – to be discussed with supervisor.

Pay Rate: $12 / hour

Payroll Type: Federal Work Study only

Contact: Dr. Theodora Pinou at

Posted: 07/16/19

Department: Psychology

Location: Warner Hall 304, Midtown Campus

Description: Office Assistant – The student office assistant will assist with general office duties, including: word processing, spreadsheets, editing (PDF in Adobe) and organization, email correspondence, printing & copying, scanning media, organizing course evaluations, distributing mail, creating files.

Requirements/Desired: Good written and oral communication skills.

Hours/Schedule: 3 – 6 hrs. / week; between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.

Pay Rate: $10.10 / hour

Payroll Type: Regular Payroll & Federal Work Study may apply

Contact: Carol O’Connor at or 203-837-8470

Posted: 07/16/19

Department: Ancell Commons

Location: Westside Classroom Building, Westside Campus

Description: Social Media/Marketing Intern – The social media intern will increase visibility of and traffic through the Ancell Commons and bring awareness of other university resources. The intern will post social media to increase student engagement on various platforms, assist with organizing and running events. Position is internship credit eligible (CED 297) for Fall semester 2019 upon selection.

Requirements/Desired: Junior or Senior standing. Must have Work Study (verify with Financial Aid). Coursework in marketing and/or communication preferred. Must possess good written and oral communication skills. Must have excellent time management skills and the self-motivation to work independently.

Hours/Schedule: 10 hrs. / week

Pay Rate: $12 / hour

Payroll Type: Federal Work Study only

Contact: Elise Budnick, Coordinator, Ancell Commons at or 203-837-8567

Additional: Social Media Intern Application

Posted: 07/16/19

Department: Haas Library

Location: Midtown Campus

Description: Social Media Intern – The library social media intern will develop and manage the library’s presence and “personality” on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, building on the current social media policy. The intern may work with other student employees who will be assigned to posting and sharing content and events. The intern will seek to improve the “fellowship” of the various sites.

Requirements/Desired: Interest in social media marketing; Experience using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Hours/Schedule: 10 hrs. / week

Pay Rate: $12 / hour

Payroll Type: Federal Work Study only

Contact: Julie Hunter, Student Success Librarian at or 203-837-9288

Posted: 06/14/19

Department: Human Resources

Location: University Hall, Midtown Campus

Description: HR Intern – Western Connecticut State University’s Human Resources Department is seeking a WCSU student to work as a student intern beginning in December 2019.

The intern’s primary function will be the management and data entry of the student payroll. Other duties will include general office duties such as front-desk receptionist, greeting customers, assisting with questions, forms, ordering office supplies, answering telephones, and maintaining various Excel databases. Will also assist HR office professionals with various activities and projects as needed. This position is an excellent opportunity for students majoring in Human Resources Management to obtain entry-level Human Resources skills.

Requirements/Desired: Experience working in an office setting preferred. Must be detail-oriented; possess excellent customer service skills, a willingness to be a team player, punctual, and dependable. Experience with Microsoft Word & Excel is required, as are good written and oral communication skills. Professional attitude and attire are also required.

Hours/Schedule: Between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm for approximately 20 hours/week. Note: Additional hours may be available for the summer months.

Pay Rate: $14 / hour

Payroll Type: Regular Payroll & Federal Work Study may apply

Contact: Interested applicants must send resume to Peggy Boyle, Assistant Director of Human Resources & Recruitment to

Posted: 06/14/19

Department: Weather Center

Location: Science Building Room 264, Midtown Campus

Description: Meteorologists to work in the Weather Center

Requirements/Desired: Meteorology majors only. Freshmen are highly encouraged to apply, but all class years who qualify are encouraged to apply.

Hours/Schedule: Flexible to student’s availability

Pay Rate: $11 / hour

Payroll Type: Federal Work Study only

Contact: Gary Lessor –

Posted: 06/14/19

Department: Weather Center

Location: Science Building Room 264, Midtown Campus

Description: Public Relations – Student will have to create and post videos about the weather center and the physics, astronomy, and meteorology programs. The student will also be responsible for posting videos by meteorology students to campus TV and social media.

Requirements/Desired: Marketing or Media Majors desired. However, these can be waived for someone with existing skills.

Hours/Schedule: Flexible with student’s schedule. Monday – Friday. No weekends except October 19.

Pay Rate: $11 / hour

Payroll Type: Federal Work Study only

Contact: Gary Lessor –

Posted: 06/14/19







All student employees must be matriculated in at least 6 credits per semester to remain eligible to work on campus during the regular academic year (fall/spring).

NOTE: To be eligible for Summer employment, students are not required to be enrolled for summer courses, but must be enrolled in at least 6 credits in the subsequent fall term.


Student employment is an integral part of the university and of university life for many students. Student labor benefits the school in almost every academic and administrative department on campus. The student’s employment can be related to his/her major and/or interests and work schedules can be arranged around the student’s academic schedule.

Western Connecticut State University employs approximately 600 students during the academic year. The types of jobs available are as diverse as the students themselves. There is a complete list of jobs and their descriptions available for students to examine in the Office of Student Financial Services.

Students are paid biweekly with an hourly rate of pay contingent on the difficulty of the position and the experience of the student. The first paycheck is held back for two weeks, as required by the state.

There are two major funding sources for the student labor force at Western Connecticut State University:

  • The Federal Work Study Program
  • The Institutional Payroll

The Federal Work Study Program is a federally funded program based on financial need. Because the program is financially need based, work experience is not the qualifying factor. In order to work under the Federal College Work Study Program, a student must have financial need, as determined by FAFSA. Work Study funding is limited.

The dollar amount awarded under the Work-Study Program to a student on his/her Award Letter, is not a guaranteed receivable. It is a fair estimate of what a student could earn.

Work-Study is an allotment that students can earn if they have a job on campus. It is not money that is directly deferred on their bill, or automatically applied while they are working.

If a student does not put in the necessary hours or is released from employment for just cause, the money shown on the Award Letter will not be obtained.

The Institutional Payroll is not based on a students financial need in relation to qualifying under the federal programs. Students are employed under this program based on the needs of the department, the availability of funds, and the student’s experience in specific areas.

All federal and state funds are subject to federal and state regulations and Western Connecticut State University will comply as mandated.


Federal Tax Information

Any funds received from scholarships, benefits, fellowships, WCSU or any other source that combined exceed the cost of tuition, fees, books, required equipment and supplies are considered taxable income. These include federal Pell Grants, but not federal loans. The borrower is required to report taxable awards to the IRS as income and therefore should keep a detailed record of all expenditures. Housing and food are considered nonexempt, so money spent on these items is subject to income tax.

Please note that International Students on F1 or J1 Visa must obtain work permission prior to applying for on or off campus employment.



WestConn Works is a service provided by the Career Success Center.

Your Westconn Works account provides you with access to review internship/external job opportunities.

First time users must create a WestConn Works account.
Click on logo below and follow the steps listed.

  • Click on New User;
  • Select state and Western Connecticut State University from the drop-down list (if not already selected);
  • Enter your name/email and click Find Me;
  • Create an account and password.



Updated 05/14/2019