Community Works (Cff Campus Federal Work Study)

Community Works provides position matching, supports, training, and resources to Brown students who are accessing their work study funding through off campus assignments. Through the program, students are placed with non-profit organizations based in the greater Providence area and are part of a structured and supportive cohort that builds skills and competencies for community engagement.

Through Community Works, community agencies are able to hire Brown students at a reduced cost. Community agencies should contact for more information. 

The goals of Community Works are to:

* Provide a valuable work experience that, when coupled with training, can contribute to the educational experience of students and encourage them to make connections between their academic and career aspirations.

* Provide a means for students who are eligible for off campus work study to earn money over the summer and during the academic year.

* Create a learning community of students engaged in thinking about the nature of nonprofit work, the dynamics of community change, connections and overlaps between academic and community work, and active citizenship.

* Enhance the capacity of nonprofit community organizations to use student positions effectively.

* Strengthen partnerships between the Swearer Center and community organizations and expand Brown’s support of community organizations and the City of Providence.

** Note that funds for this program are limited and some applications may not be approved

2016-17 Academic Year Information

Applications for the 2016-17 academic year are still being accepted. Eligible students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please click here for the current Off Campus Federal Work Study application. All applications should be emailed to

Summer Program Expectations
*Students are expected to complete a minimum of 180 hours of supervised work (equivalent of 6 weeks/30 hours/week).

*Students must be available for all dates required by their site organization.

*Program Dates: July 1 – August 31. Students are eligible to earn up to $3,600 in gross wages through this program during this time frame. If students work before or after these dates, their site organization will be responsible for paying 100% of earnings. Work must be completed by August 31, 2017.

*Students are required to attend an orientation in early May, two group meetings during the summer, and a closing event. The Swearer Center will provide informal community building events over the summer, which will be optional.  Time that students spend participating in training may be logged in Workday for payment.

*Students will create an account on BrownEngage, the volunteer recruitment and management web platform that Brown shares with its partner organizations. Though this portal, students will submit a Community Learning Agreement by May 30th and a written reflective piece due no later than September 1st.

Summer Requirements
*Students must have a federal work-study (FWS) component included in their financial aid award for the next academic year (2017-2018). If you received FWS for the 2016-2017 academic year, you are very likely to receive it again in 2017-2018.  Before applying please contact the Student Employment Office to confirm your eligibility. Be sure to include your Banner ID in the e-mail.

*Students must be in good academic standing to participate in Off-Campus Federal Work-Study. If your academic status for the 2017-2018 academic year is in question, you may not be eligible for summer funding.  If you have questions about your academic standing, please contact the Office of the Dean of the College.

*Students taking a leave of absence for the fall semester are not eligible to apply.

*This program cannot be combined with a LINK/SEW award.

Summer Placement Process
Students first must apply to and be accepted in the Community Works program before they are placed with an organization. On the application, students will indicate up to three preferences for specific positions from the folder of posted opportunities and will submit resumes and cover letters for each position of interest to a Dropbox folder no later than April 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm (name your cover letters "your last name_organization name_cover letter" and your resume "your last name_ resume").  Swearer Center staff will forward student applications to participating community organizations, who will then interview and rank students for specific positions. Swearer staff will make every effort to match students and organizations with their first choices, but by accepting admission into the Community Works program, students are agreeing to be placed with organizations that may not be their first choice.

Community Works applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting March 22, 2017.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible - but no later than April 21st at 5:00 pm.  Students will be notified of their application decision and placement by May 8, 2017.  

Note: If a student's financial aid or academic standing status changes, they may no longer be eligible for participation in this program.  Final determination of financial aid eligibility and student placement will be made by May 8, 2017.  

Summer Housing
The Swearer Center has rooms on campus reserved for students participating in Swearer-sponsored summer programs at a rate of approximately $12/night.  Students who wish to stay in one of these rooms will be billed directly to their student accounts.  If you are planning to stay in on-campus housing, please fill out the form as soon as possible before May 8, 2017.

Summer Housing Stipends
The Swearer Center has a limited number of $500 housing allowance stipends, which provide students with a stipend to cover most of the on-campus housing costs for students choosing to live on-campus or to defray rental costs for students who live off-campus.  This stipend is only available to students who are eligible to participate in off campus federal work study or are fellows in the Bonner Community Fellows program.

Summer Application Process Summary
Apply to the Community Works Summer 2017 program

  1. Review the folder of position descriptions

  2. Upload a cover letter and resume for each position you are applying to fill to this dropbox folder by April 21, 2017

  3. If you would like to live in Swearer-sponsored on-campus summer housing, fill out this summer housing form by May 1, 2017

To apply for the $500 summer housing allowance stipend from the Swearer Center, fill out this stipend application by May 1, 2017 

If you have questions about Community Works (off-campus work study), please contact Betsy Shimberg, Swearer Center Director of Student Development, at If you have questions about your financial aid eligibility, please contact Melanie Neves, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at If you are unsure of your academic standing, please be in touch with the Dean of the College office.