SEEDS

Division of Student Services

Off-Campus Federal Work Study


Students
Nonprofits, Public Schools, & Public Agencies

FWS coordinator, Karina Aragon, has office hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-11am and you can book an appointment with her at: https://aragonk.youcanbook.me.

What is Off-Campus Federal Work Study (FWS)?

Through the off-campus federal work-study (FWS) program, students have the opportunity to build connections with the larger Portland community, further their goals and interests, and contribute to meaningful work--all while earning their federal work-study awards. This program allows FWS-eligible students to work with Portland nonprofits, public schools, and public agencies to complement the educational environment with an off-campus community engagement experience.

Who is eligible for a FWS internship?

Students with an FWS allocation (not "On-Campus Work Option") listed in their Financial Aid package are eligible. Are you an FWS-eligible student who is interested in finding more about approved off-campus FWS sites? Check out the opportunities and required steps.

Who hosts FWS internships?

Organizations with current or pending 501.c.3 tax status are potentially eligible.  Programs in the public sector (public schools, local government, etc.) may also host FWS interns. Programs must provide a community service designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. FWS interns may not participate in fundraising or furthering political or religious agendas. In order to become a FWS-approved service site, a community partner must complete a (annual) contract process with SEEDS. Learn more about the process for becoming an FWS-approved host site here!