Why work off-campus?
The organizations we work with are thoroughly vetted employers who are invested in working with students in a way that enhances their education outside of the classroom. The experiences students gain through their work off-campus is unique and often builds marketable skills which students can later speak to in their professional pursuits.
How do I know if I'm eligible to work off-campus?
Log in to your financial aid portal.
Click on Menu in the upper left-hand corner of the page. Then click on Financial Aid Offer.
Scroll down until you see the Student Employment sub-section.
If you see an award titled Federal Work Study, congratulations! You are eligible to work off-campus.
If you're unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Student Employment Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are my options for working off-campus?
All available positions are posted in Workday, but students aren't limited to these options. If you connect with a non-profit that you'd like to utilize your federal work study award with please reach out to email@example.com.
Can I work for an organization outside of Massachusetts?
Because federal funds are limited, we aim to support our local community partners first and foremost with this program. If local needs have been met, rare approvals for working with out-of-state organizations can be made on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Student Employment Office.
Amherst College participates in the federal government's "America Reads Challenge," a nation-wide program designed to employ college students as reading tutors to help insure that all children will read independently and on grade level by third grade. More information about the program can be found here: America Reads/Counts
Apply to the position in Workday.
Send an email indicating your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your work eligibility is confirmed, make an in-person appointment to complete a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) authorization form at https://student-employment-office.youcanbook.me/. If you completed a CORI in the last three years, please confirm with the Student Employment Office that your certification hasn't expired.
To your appointment, please bring an original and unexpired government-issued ID (such as a state-issued driver's license, state-issued identification card with photo, passport, permanent resident ID card, or military identification card).
Once your CORI authorization form has been submitted, you will receive an email alerting you to the next step through our Five College/Amherst College Minor Safety coordinator.
You must complete this in order to complete the CORI check. Once complete, your Minor Safety Certification will be good for three years. Please note that most tutoring sites will also require you to complete a CORI.
Every America Reads/Counts Tutor is required to attend 2 trainings. An overview training and extended training workshop.
Overview training sessions for America Reads are about one to one and a half hours long, paid, and designed to educate students on the America Reads objective as well as reasonable exceptions of them as tutors out in the community. Attendance for one of these sessions is mandatory.
The extended training workshop is held once a semester on a Saturday.
Dates for required trainings are announced at the beginning of each semester.
Securing a Tutoring Position
As part of a Five College cooperative effort, Amherst College has partnerships with several agencies and area schools to assist students in gaining reading tutor positions. Tutoring placements are not guaranteed. Students are also encouraged to seek their own tutoring experiences in agencies or schools that meet the criteria for the America Reads program.
Schools and programs that might qualify include those that serve children of pre-school age through grade six and family literacy programs where participating adults have children who are also receiving tutoring under the program.
Once a tutoring position has been secured with a local school or agency, a contract will be drawn outlining the terms of your employment with the school. Once the contract has been signed by you and the agency, you will be able to begin working as a tutor.
In addition to hours worked as a tutor, in order to be paid for time spent in the initial orientation session, extended training sessions, time sheets must be submitted in Workday. Money earned as an America Reads or America Counts tutor counts towards your authorized term-time Work-Study earning eligibility.