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Work Opportunities

The majority of Brown School students work part-time while completing their graduate studies. Listed below are employment opportunities our students take advantage of.

Federal Work-Study

Many students acquire part-time employment at the Brown School through the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. FWS positions are dependent upon availability of federal resources and contingent upon qualifications for available positions. Students are responsible for securing a federal work-study position.

In order to be eligible for Federal Work-Study for 2019-2020, a student must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be eligible for U.S. federal student aid and complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA by March 1, 2019.
  2. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $2,000 or less. Your EFC will appear on your Student Aid Report after you have completed the FAFSA.
  3. Enroll full-time for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Work-study students work in a variety of areas within the Brown School and coordinate their schedules with their supervisor(s), taking into account classroom obligations. Students may be hired for clerical positions, information technology, facilities or library services, or as research assistants to faculty members.

Students who have confirmed their enrollment will have the opportunity to search for open work-study positions prior to the start of the fall semester through Symplicity, the online management database available to students.

Part-Time Employment

The Brown School offers many additional opportunities for non-work-study employment, including research assistantships, clerical positions, information technology, facilities and library services, among others.

Students who have confirmed their enrollment will have the opportunity to search for open part-time positions—as well as part-time work opportunities at local human service organizations—prior to the start of the fall semester through Symplicity, the online management database available to students.

The Brown School Career Services Office hosts job fairs for incoming students at Admitted Students Weekend (held in April) and during the Brown School Orientation Program (held in August) for students to explore these options.

The Washington University campus at-large also provides many opportunities for part-time employment. Campus departments such as Student Involvement and Leadership, Residential Life, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Institute for Public Health, and the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, to name a few, actively seek Brown School students for graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships and other part-time employment opportunities.

Paid Internships & Practica

A limited number of our field education sites have funding to pay students to complete their required internships or practica. You can obtain information about paid practica opportunities from the Office of Field Education & Community Partnerships.


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