UCSC partners with Chicago area nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to connect eligible students with part-time and summer work-study positions. Opportunities are geared toward the identified interests and skills of our College, graduate, and professional school students. Students can support community organizations, work with local residents, and gain valuable experience and skills, while earning money to support their education.
Working in the nonprofit and public sector develops real-world experience and job skills, allows you to explore new fields of interest, and connects you to Chicago’s diverse communities.
Employers wishing to post federal work-study job announcements should contact Cathy Woolfolk to begin the process.
Student Learning Outcomes:
“I have learned a lot about social science research, in terms of general process, the data crunching, and the potential applications.” – undergraduate at Urban Innovation Analysis
“I have been working with a lot of news and documentary footage of Chicago in the 80s, and I've learned a lot about social and political issues from that period.” – undergraduate at Media Burn
“The most important skill I've learned is grant writing and research. Before working at the Family Defense Center I knew very little about DCFS and the child welfare system, but now I pretty well versed in many of the issues.” - graduate student at Family Defense Center
Community Engagement Outcomes:
“Work-study students make a tremendous impact on the lives of our MetroSquash students by providing crucial 1-1 individual support in the classroom and on the courts. They act as role models, mentors, tutors and cheerleaders for our kids. That attention and care makes a world of difference!" – Brian Tuttle, Program Director, MetroSquash
"Work-study students have all been great. They have taken a real interest in the patients they tutor, and work well with the families of the patients." — Judy Blakemore, Manager of Volunteer Services, La Rabida Children's Hospital
Please be advised that some organizations and schools may require satisfactory completion of a criminal history check before allowing participation in a paid or volunteer service opportunity.