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Job Descriptions

Any employer wishing to request an In-Person Position

Any position posting that requires a student employee to physically go into work must be submitted together with an agency's COVID safety plan. The request will go through a detailed review process before being approved for posting. Safety plans must mirror Cornell's policies and be adhered to.

How to Submit a Job Description

Begin by downloading the Federal Work Study (FWS) Job Description Form. Review the instructions and complete the form in full. Return the FWS Job Description form CWSP Coordinator via email.

Work Hours

During the academic-year employment term, students’ work hours should be limited to 15–20 hours/week. We suggest not expecting more than 10 hours a week during high stress times. During breaks, with their supervisor’s approval, and during the summer, students may work full-time if not taking classes.

Hourly Pay/Wage Rates

Guidelines for Establishing Wage Rates

In accordance with Federal Work Study Guidelines, the following must be considered and taken into effect when establishing wage rates:

  • The skills needed to perform the job;
  • How much persons with those skills are paid in the local area for doing the same type of job;
  • Rates the school would normally pay similar non-FWS employees;
  • Any applicable federal, state, or local laws that require a specific wage rate.

It is not acceptable to base the wage rate on the student's need or any other factor not related to the student's skills or job description.

How to Post a Job

Before a job description is posted, there will be an approval process to ensure eligibility. The PSC and Cornell University may limit or restrict tasks based on agencies insurance liability coverage.

Once approved, the jobs are listed on Student Job and Internship Postings site.

Students choose jobs based on the appropriate term and region and by career field. The Public Service Center cross-posts all CWSP positions under the term “public-service,” in addition to career fields specific to the job.

Jobs are typically posted within five business days of their arrival and are posted until mid-semester for each fall, spring and summer term. If you fill an open position, please notify CWSP so the posting can be removed.

To Edit, Reactivate, or Remove a Job

Send an email to CWSP with the action to be taken: “edit” (with changes), “re-post” (with any changes), or “delete.”