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 a FWS internship?

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

Who hosts FWS internships?

Many organizations can qualify as Federal Work-Study 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.

Are you an organization or agency that wants to be a Federal Work-Study Host Site? Get approved!

If I'm not FWS-eligible, can I still apply for an intership with an off-campus work-study partner?

Yes, as an unpaid intern. 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?

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for Federal Work-Study awards; therefore, you would not be able to participate as a paid intern. 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 a lot of resources for you! Reach out to SEEDS Off-campus Federal Work-Study Program Coordinator. We can help you figure out which of our positions are the best fit for you. You can also attend our info sessions held periodically throughout the academic school year.

What is the pay rate for off-campus Federal Work-Study?

Current pay rate is $15/hour.

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

Contact the Off Campus Federal Work Study Coordinator, Aditya Gadkar at to attend an info session or learn more.