Community Corps & Off-Campus Federal Work-Study

More than 500 Brown University students participate in the Community Corps program. Students in this program lead after-school enrichment, connect health resources to patients, engage with adult learners, provide one-on-one tutoring, assist classroom teachers, support and advocate for people who are homeless and engage in other ways. Strong, long-term relationships between the Swearer Center, Brown University students, and community partner organizations are an essential component of this program. Eligible Brown University undergraduate students may access Off-Campus Federal Work-Study funding through select Community Corps placements.


Through this program, students join a cohort of engaged individuals and build on their skills, knowledge, and experience as they address issues of social injustice and inequality. While engaging in meaningful community engagement, students learn first-hand about the assets and strengths of the Providence community and our community partner organizations. Through meaningful community partnerships, these students contribute to the programmatic capacity of our partners and help make an impact by creating a more just and equal society. Through our co-curricular workshop series, students in Community Corps have access to a learning community of students who are engaged in thinking about the connections between community work, active citizenship, social justice, and academic learning. To learn more about Community Corps, see our Community Corps handbook. For more information, visit the FAQ section below.

Community Corps Requirements

The following information summarizes Community Corps program expectations members:

  • Community Corps (CC) members are required to participate in Community Corps for a minimum of one semester and are encouraged to commit to a full academic year or longer.
  • CC members are expected to complete 2-3 hours of community engagement per week with their Community Corp group or partner organization. 
    • This excludes the time taken to travel to and from their placement.
  • CC members are required to attend and participate in Community Corps Orientation.
  • CC members are required to attend and participate in a minimum of two Swearer Center co-curriculum workshops for each semester they are enrolled in CC.
  • CC members are required to log hours on BrownEngage. They are also encouraged to post a brief reflection on BrownEngage to accompany their logged hours at least two times per semester.
  • Brown University students must be in good academic standing in order to be considered for the Community Corps program. 

Off-Campus Federal Work-Study (OCFWS)

Eligible Brown University undergraduate students may access their federal work-study funding through select Community Corps placements. Students participating in Off-Campus Federal Work-Study (OCFWS) are considered part of the Community Corps and have access to support within the Swearer Center, including advising, mentoring and workshop opportunities. Through this program, eligible students can earn up to a possible $2,000 in gross wages during the academic year. The total amount of the award depends on a student's award package. Student earnings are paid by the University via federal work study funding. Brown’s Office of Financial Aid determines student eligibility. To learn more about the OCFWS program see the OCFWS section in the Community Corps handbook.

Note that funds for this program are limited and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Students not accepted are placed on a waiting list.

Off Campus Federal Work Study Requirements

  • CC students interested in OCFWS must be participating in one of the qualifying CC partner organizations or CC groups.
  • CC students interested in OCFWS must have a federal work-study award included in their financial aid award for the qualifying academic year.
  • CC students interested in OCFWS must be enrolled in Brown University for the qualifying semester. CC students taking a leave of absence during the spring or fall semester are not eligible to participate for the semester they are on leave.
  • CC students approved for OCFWS are required to log hours into Workday (instead of BrownEngage) in order to receive payment for completed hours.
  • CC students interested in OCFWS are not able to use more than one CC placement for employment.
  • CC students interested in OCFWS can not combine this award with a LINK or SEW award.

All Brown University students are eligible to apply. Community Corps enrollment begins in the fall semester and continues through the spring semester. Most community Corps groups and partner organizations complete enrollment within the first few months of the fall and spring semesters.


To join the Community Corp program students should apply into one of the available community engagement opportunities for either the fall or spring semester. Interested students are directed to review our list of available opportunities and apply via the Community Corp Opportunities List.

Students interested in applying for Off Campus Federal Work Study (OCFWS) are directed to apply via the Off Campus Federal Work Study Application. In order to apply for OCFWS interested students need to first apply to a Community Corp community engagement opportunity. 


Joshua Rodriguez, Program Manager, Student Development: [email protected] or 401-863-1825.