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What is the Community Work-Study Program?

Michaela Johnson, junior, poses with George, a Great Basin Gopher Snake. Michaela’s work-study job is at MK Nature Center.

The Federal Community Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students who have been awarded work-study funds through financial aid.

The program encourages community service work related to your course of study. Community work-study students schedule work hours around their classes and can work a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Our positions offer high-level professional development so students can build their network and resume, as well as get the experience they need to secure professional work post-graduation. Be a part of our program and start growing your professional career today!

Apply on Handshake or send a cover letter and resume with the position you are applying for in the subject line (e.g. Application for SL2 at Agency for New Americans) to

Current Openings

SERVICE-LEARNING STUDENT LEADERS (SL2) – Become a volunteer coordinator and gain valuable connections in the community. Current openings come with a $1,500 AmeriCorps education award on top of earning $9.50 per hour!

BRONCO TUTORS – Bronco Tutors provide literacy interventions to elementary students in Title I schools throughout Boise. Current openings come with a $1200 AmeriCorps education award on top of $9.50 per hour!

SERVICE-LEARNING AMBASSADORS – Work in the service-learning office to support programming and outreach. Pay starts at $10 per hour!

COMMUNITY ASSISTANTS – Work in the community with non-profits that can lead to future jobs. Schedules are flexible and wages start at $9.50 per hour!

How do I apply? 5 Easy Steps!

  • Verify that you qualify for work-study. You can view your financial aid package on BroncoWeb (under Finances, click View My Financial Aid). Visit the Financial Aid website to find out more about receiving work study.
  • Send your résumé and cover letter to Include in your cover letter which position you are applying for and your student ID number.
  • We will send your résumé to the agencies mentioned in your cover letter. The agency supervisor will contact you to schedule an interview. You and the supervisor will discuss specific job responsibilities, work schedules, hourly compensation ($9.00/hour or above) and general orientation details.
  • If the agency supervisor decides to hire you, they will contact the community work study coordinator to process the hiring paperwork through Boise State Human Resource Department. You cannot begin work until you have had an orientation with our office and complete all hiring paperwork.
  • Begin working for the agency!

Who Will I Work For?

All open positions are posted on Handshake.
Agencies include:

  • Agency for New Americans
  • Boise Parks and Recreation
  • Idaho Office for Refugees
  • And many more!

How Many Hours Can I Work and What Will I Get Paid?

  • Students may work 10-20 hours per week
  • If awarded work-study for the coming academic year, students may start as early as July 1, and work until the end of classes in the spring.
  • Students will be paid a minimum of $9.00 per hour.

Additional Questions?

Contact the Community Work-Study Coordinator at 208-426-3231 or


Service Learning Ambassador – SLA:

As an SLA you will be helping students, faculty, and non-profits in the Treasure Valley make an even greater impact in their community.

The Service-Learning Ambassador (SLA) assists students, faculty, and community partners in the coordination of service-learning activities. Duties may include:

  • Helping students understand service-learning (SL) concepts, procedures, requirements
  • Supporting students in SL placement, orientation, troubleshooting, and maximizing learning
  • Serving as liaison for students, faculty, community partners, and SL staff
  • Responding to students’ phone and email questions
  • Facilitating class discussions on service issues
  • Assisting students and community partners through the assessment and evaluation process
  • Event-planning for the SL Program
  • Establishing and documenting service-learning procedures
  • Working as a team at staff meetings with other SLAs and SL staff
  • Providing administrative support for the SL Program

Service Learning Student Leaders – SL2:

As an SL2 you will help various non-profit organizations in the Treasure Valley make an even greater impact on their community by assisting with coordinating their service-learners and volunteers. Duties may include:

  • Taking charge of a service project by coordinating volunteers and being accountable for its successful completion
  • Organizing, leading, and inspiring a group of volunteers before, during, and after the project
  • Communicating the details of the project and serving as a resource for other campus and community volunteers
  • Representing Boise State University, Service-Learning, and their agency to other volunteers on campus and in the community
  • Assisting with and/or leading orientations for service-learning students and community volunteers
  • Placing volunteers and service-learning students with specific projects or clients
  • Scheduling and tracking students’ service hours and community volunteer hours
  • Addressing needs and concerns at the community partner site for both service-learners and community volunteers
  • Providing guidance for meaningful service-learning experiences
  • Supporting on-site student reflections in consultation with SL staff, community partners, and/or professors
  • Learning about relevant social issues and client/guest population of community partner
  • Participating in training regarding best practices in volunteer coordination and service-learning
  • Investing in personal and professional growth and self-defined goals
  • Attending all meetings (bi-monthly meetings, alternating between professional development and group meetings). These meetings are paid work time. (dates and times are TBD)
  • Keeping the service-learning team up to date about developments at the organization
  • Exemplifying professional conduct and responsibly represent Boise State University in all matters

For more information, check out the complete SL2 Handbook.

Community Assistants:

As a Community Assistant, you will work for a local nonprofit organization and be paid through work-study funds awarded through financial aid.

Each individual site has a list of duties pertinent to the position.