Division of Student Life

Off-campus Federal Work-Study

Reed College subsidizes the off-campus Federal Work-Study (FWS) program in an effort to promote connections between the college and the Portland community and to support students in finding meaningful work off campus.

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FWS Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for an FWS internship?

Students who have an FWS allocation (different from "Reed Work Study") listed in their Financial Aid package and who complete additional off-campus FWS paperwork are eligible. Are you an FWS-eligible student who is interested in finding out more about approved off-campus FWS sites? Check out the opportunities and required steps.

Who hosts FWS internships?

Many organizations can qualify as FWS host sites. Private nonprofit organizations and federal, state, and local public interest agencies are potentially eligible. FWS interns may not participate in political activity or further a religious agenda.

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Can I apply for an internship with an off-campus work-study partner if I’m not FWS-eligible?

Yes, as an unpaid position—most of our community partners offer these internship and volunteer positions as unpaid for students who are not FWS-eligible. We recommend you contact the organization before applying to confirm that they offer unpaid positions.

I’m an international student. Can I participate in the program?

Not in a paid position. Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for Federal Work-Study awards. However, you are welcome to apply for these positions as an unpaid intern.

I know I want to participate in this program but I’m not sure which position to apply for. How should I proceed?

We have lots of resources for you! Reach out to the SEEDS Program Manager or our off-campus Federal Work-Study coordinator. We can help you figure out which of our 80-plus positions is the best fit for you. You can also visit us during Orientation and attend upcoming info sessions.

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What’s the best way to find out more about this program?

Reach out directly to us at to attend an info session or learn more.