Federal Work-Study

Students with proven financial need are eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program. Students MUST complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible for work-study funding. The total award for on-campus work-study is $2,500 annually. In return, students are required to work a minimum 10 hours each week for the academic year. Students will be paid the federal minimum wage for their work on campus.

Institutional policies for the Federal Work-Study Program allow eligible work-study students to apply for a position of their choice. Each academic year, ALL eligible work-study students must apply online for work-study positions by viewing the job openings and completing an online application beginning the first Monday in August. Students may earn up to the amount awarded on the award letter and are paid by check twice a month. The amount of each check will be based on the number of hours the student worked within the pay period (a minimum of 10 hours each week required).

Eligible Students

  1. Must be awarded Federal Work-Study
  2. Must be full-time, degree-seeking, and maintain satisfactory academic progress
  3. Must complete verification process

To Apply

Eligible students should go to WebAdvisor, then Work-Study application to view available work-study positions.

Please note: The number of positions is limited and positions are competitive; therefore, work-study positions are not guaranteed.

Features of Participating with the Federal Work-Study Program

  1. The opportunity to select from a listing of job openings.
  2. Develop experience outside of the classroom while being paid.
  3. Related work experience gained may be listed on your resume.
  4. Develop professional and personal friendships with their Team Leaders and co-workers.
  5. Team Leaders will generally offer a work reference for growth opportunities after graduation.
  6. Some Community Services positions offer work experience off-campus (must have transportation, driver's license, and proof of insurance).

Available Positions

Biology- Greenhouse

This person would help in the greenhouse.

Please contact Dr. Eric Johnson at ejohnson@vwu.edu.

Birdsong/Watts Schools Student Assistant

This position is for 10-12 hours per week. The position involves assisting faculty in the Watts and Birdsong schools.

Possible projects and tasks include:

  • General Office Duties: scanning, filing, data entry, copying, and shredding
  • On-Campus Errands: Delivery and pickup of mail, packages, and other items
  • Light cleaning/organizing of office supplies, faculty work rooms, and other spaces, as needed
  • Project Research
  • Answering the phone and taking messages
  • Updating academics-focused bulletin boards on campus
  • Assist office with special projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications for the Position:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and follow directions
  • Ability to complete assignments in a timely manner
  • Attention to detail 
  • Discretion regarding confidential information

For more information, please contact Dr. Leslie Caughell at lcaughell@vwu.edu.

Chemistry- Lab Assistant

This position requires a student who is able to perform the following: Prepare solutions for lab experiments, set up and take down equipment used in lab experiments, consolidate waste materials in appropriate storage containers, maintain the stockroom in working order, maintain an up to date chemical inventory. Student is expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.  Interested students should be or planning to be a science major and completion of a year of general chemistry is preferred.

Please contact Dr. Kevin Kittredge at kkittredge@vwu.edu

Physics- Lab Assistant

A primary task is setting up physics labs:   After being instructed on the function of one laboratory station the student will set up the remaining 7 (identical) stations  and check the equipment for operation before laboratories.  The student will then take down the lab stations, and put the equipment away, and set up the next weeks lab.  The student will communicate with the physics instructors in person, and via email.   Additional responsibilities include: keeping the lab tidy, helping with copying/scanning, proofreading labs, and aiding the physics instructors as requested.  STEM major preferred.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kevin Kittredge at kkittredge@vwu.edu

Athletics, Sports Information

Student worker will be expected to perform a variety of traditional sports information and newer multimedia assignments.

These will include:

  • webcasting
  • broadcasting
  • filming and editing
  • photography
  • on-field/court duties
  • public address announcing
  • statistical work
  • operating a scoreboard, game clock, shot clock
  • and other administrative duties as assigned.

Applicants should have a knowledge of athletics along with their rules and regulations as well as a flexible schedule and the ability to work nights and weekends. Those with photography experience as well as experience with Stat Crew software, video editing software, and/or broadcasting are highly encouraged to apply, but are not requirements for employment.

Athletic Training Student Worker

Athletic trainers, in the collegiate setting, are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians and other allied health care professionals in the care of the student-athletes on campus. 

The services provided by the athletic training department comprise of:

  • prevention
  • emergency care
  • clinical diagnosis
  • and therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions for VWU varsity athletes.

As a student aid, it is your responsibility to assist the athletic training staff with the daily duties and tasks of the athletic training facility in an attempt to create an efficient and effective health care facility. 

The student aid will be charged with duties including, but not limited to:

  • laundry
  • cleaning
  • restocking
  • water preparation
  • practice and game set-up
  • and administrative tasks

Some lifting is required.  In this position you will in no way be helping with athletic training services (as listed above).  You will only be responsible for assisting the staff in non-athletic training duties that support the facility's daily function.

Hours are available in the morning and afternoon.  Applicants should be very reliable, responsible, independent, dependable and capable of taking initiative.  Non-student-athletes are preferred.

Enrollment, Office Assistant(s)

The student would be responsible but not limited to:

  • data entry
  • typing
  • answering the phone
  • filing
  • making copies
  • running errands
  • and packing mailings for prospects and applicants.

Attention to detail is a must. Please contact Charline Bess at cbess@vwu.edu.

Enrollment, Leadership and Events

The student worker will assist the Office of Enrollment Services’ leadership team through administrative and event planning responsibilities. The student will engage in clerical functions such as:

  • answering phones
  • taking messages
  • labeling and stuffing envelopes
  • filing
  • and running small errands around campus

The student worker should be proficient with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Publisher and should also be comfortable texting with students on behalf of the University.

Looking for an energetic student worker with a “can do attitude” and love for Virginia Wesleyan University. Upperclassmen only, please.

Campus Life, Student Engagement Assistant

The Student Engagement Assistant provides friendly service and accurate information to student leaders, clubs, and organizations.

Typical duties include:

  • staffing the office desk
  • teaching student leaders to plan events
  • confirming logistics for events
  • marketing upcoming activities
  • maintaining records
  • and monitoring supplies

Duties are divided among six Student Engagement Assistants.


  • proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • strong customer service skills
  • ability to communicate effectively and professionally, orally and in writing

Successful candidates will be curious, motivated, assertive in managing the office space, comfortable with technology, and capable of completing multi-step tasks the same way each time.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Guzzo sguzzo@vwu.edu.

Office Manager

The Office Manager anchors the Office, represents the office at college functions, maintains office appearance, provides hospitality to visitors, facilitates volunteer sign ups, plans and implements projects, and keeps the volunteer database and social media accounts.

Professionalism, creativity, and proficiency with Excel, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms is required. The Office Manager reports to the Director of Wesleyan Engaged.
Wesleyan Engaged has 10 functional areas that our programs fall under.  Outside of these positions, workers will work in the office completing tasks as directed by the Director and Office Manager.

Please contact the Wesleyan Engaged Office at wesleyanengaged@vwu.edu.


The director of the functional area regarding Animals works on projects focusing on aiding animals.  The individual will work with the Chesapeake 10 Billion partnership to add 10 billion oysters to the Chesapeake Bay by 2024 among other projects (including the Norfolk SPCA and other agencies). 

Please contact the Wesleyan Engaged Office at wesleyanengaged@vwu.edu.

Community Development

The director of the functional area regarding Community Development will work on projects that focus on the communities surrounding the Virginia Wesleyan University campus and throughout Hampton Roads, including the Western Bayside Community Partnership, Tranquility by the Lakes Home, and hurricane clean-up.

Please contact the Wesleyan Engaged Office at wesleyanengaged@vwu.edu.


The director will develop and implement a comprehensive environmental awareness campaign that creates a commitment to stewardship through sustainable practices in all facets of campus life. The individual will also work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynnhaven River Now, Elizabeth River Project, and local organizations to arrange clean-ups of beaches, environmental programs, as well as hurricane clean-ups.

Please contact the Wesleyan Engaged Office at wesleyanengaged@vwu.edu.

Hampton Roads Public Schools

The director will oversee the Marlins Read Program and Marlins Count Program and the school site(s) where the program is offered and serve as a mentor to one child in the program. Other responsibilities include record keeping for the program, recruitment and training of a volunteer team(s), communication with the school(s) Marlins Read/Count Coordinators, and driving the van. A valid driver’s license is required and you must also pass a background check to be able to drive the Wesleyan Engaged van. Only upperclassmen will be considered.

Please contact the Wesleyan Engaged Office at wesleyanengaged@vwu.edu.

Health and Human Services

The director will develop and implement programs that focus on housing, hunger, and health related issues, which could include working at CHKD, Sentara, and other local hospitals.  The individual will aid in the oversight of the campus blood drives and any other potential volunteer health initiatives on the campus.  The director will also work with local organizations, such as Heritage United Methodist Church, soup kitchens, and FoodBank of SW Virginia, to develop volunteer opportunities that meet the hunger needs in our community, namely: assistance in the church food pantry, including at scheduled weekend distributions; and, development of a regularly offered community supper which the applicant will coordinate and manage on site. The other area will be working with Shelter during January session in the area of housing, as well as other opportunities throughout Virginia Beach and through the Western Bayside Community Partnership. 

Please contact the Wesleyan Engaged Office at wesleyanengaged@vwu.edu.

Facilities Management, Technician

The position will serve as a student maintenance technician and provide support to the Facilities Management department under the supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor. This is a hands on position, assisting with all aspects of the University’s maintenance plan.

Facility Management- Sustainability

The position will serve as a work study sustainability administrator and provide support to the Physical Plant department under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Physical Plant Operations. The work study student will be eager about sharing information about energy efficiency, recycling and transportation while combining research methods to assist VWU’s sustainability efforts.


  • minimum 3.0 GPA
  • savvy in Microsoft excel
  • needs organization skills
  • time management skills
  • be in the sciences department or business department
  • have research skills
  • be proactive
  • has basic math skills
  • can use an electronic calculator


  • Report to work as scheduled (this schedule will be coordinated by the student and the supervisor).
  • This position will be responsible for:
    • Keeping track of the greenhouse gas inventory that includes purchased electricity for all buildings, natural gas used on campus,collect information on faculty and staff commuting modes of transportation to get to and from campus.
    • Can calculate distances in travel.
    • Be able to conduct surveys and work with various departments on campus
    • Work close with the PEIC committee on campus and the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Greer Environmental Sciences Center.
    • Be eager to know more about reducing the carbon footprint on campus
    • attend meetings
    • Be responsible for streamlining processes in acquiring viable information for sustainability practices at VWU.
    • Will assist the staff with other administrative needs as needed.

Learning Center, Office Assistant

The Learning Center is recruiting responsible Work Study eligible students who:

  • exhibit discretion in dealing with student information
  • trustworthiness when handling tests
  • professionalism when interacting with professors
  • and a positive "Go-Getter" attitude towards fulfilling any task that is thrown at them during their shift

The work study may be asked to perform the following duties:

  • staffing the front desk
  • answering phones
  • sitting in while students are taking tests
  • delivery and pick up of testing materials
  • typing up various documents for the other Learning Center Administrative Staff
  • serving as a scribe (note-taker) for students with disabilities
  • and/or recording tests and texts, copying of materials and assisting in light cleaning

Greer Center, Landscaping and Plant Support

Students will work with staff to help maintain the extensive landscaping around the Greer Environmental Sciences Center, including the green roof and the plantings around the building and the stormwater ponds. Students will work in a team to pull weeds, water plants, and maintain the gardens. Secondary responsibilities could include the maintenance of the greenhouse plants, assisting with maintenance of the aquatics facility, special event setup, or additional Greer Center support, as needed. Students will report to Brian O'Neill, Director of Living Landscapes, and to Elizabeth Malcolm.

Greer Center, Aquatic Support

The student will work to help maintain the Aquatic Lab in the GreerEnvironmental Sciences Center.  Responsibilities will include feeding animals, cleaning tanks, daily monitoring of water quality for bothfreshwater and saltwater systems, and monthly maintenance of pumps and filters.  Some weekend hours will be necessary for animalmaintenance.Secondary responsibilities could include giving tours to prospective students, special event setup, or additional Greer Center support, as needed. The student will report to Dr. Soraya Bartol.

Hofheimer Library, Librarian/Interlibrary Loan Coordinator

Student needed to assist Librarian/Interlibrary Loan Coordinator in processing interlibrary loans between VWU library and other institutions.

Tasks include:

  • processing incoming and outgoing loans
  • preparing items for shipment
  • checking out/in library materials
  • scanning items for electronic shipment

Computer skills are required (intermediate level preferred), with the ability to have attention to detail and enough self-discipline to occasionally work independently.

Preference is for a first-year student who can learn the system progressively over time to achieve an advanced level of expertise, with the idea that they would occupy the position, if possible, over a 4-year period.

Contact Stephen Leist at sleist@vwu.edu.

Hofheimer Library, Library Technical Services Student Assistant

This position will involve assisting with a variety of library technical services activities, including the following:

  • Digital collections (digitization, file management, inventory, social media, and metadata).
  • Stacks maintenance for special collections. Basic book repair and processing.
  • Assist with various technical services projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Willingness to learn new skills;
  • Ability to learn and work with a variety of technologies and software;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Good communication skills;

Work schedule: Part-time schedule determined in collaboration with the Technical Services Librarian. Must be available to work daytime hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), Monday-Friday. Students must consult with the Technical Services Librarian when schedule changes are needed. Work schedules begin the first week of the semester, and run through exam week.
Environmental Conditions: 98% of work time is inside.

Physical Demands: Requires applicants to be able to transport books and other library materials over short distances.  May involve extended hours of sitting at a desk.

Hofheimer Library, Office Assistant(s)

  • Each assistant must work a weekly schedule of 6.5-7 hours. 
  • The weekday hours will be scheduled sometime between 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. each day.
  • Weekend hours are scheduled between 4pm & 10pm Sunday.
  • Work schedules are usually 1 hour to 1½ hour shifts.  Work schedules begin the first week of the semester, and run through exam week.
  • Each assistant works during exam week.

Duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • shelving
  • shelf reading
  • helping patrons
  • printer maintenance
  • and data entry


The candidate should:

  • possess good customer service skills
  • be a good communicator
  • display a positive attitude
  • be dependable, conscientious, and a good team person
  • reach shelving within a height range of 3" to 75"
  • lift 30 pounds
  • push a loaded book truck
  • alphabetize and maintain sustained visual concentration

Office Assistant

Responsibilities include a variety of daily tasks, including:

  • Greeting visitors to The Lighthouse
  • Managing The Lighthouse common area and setting up and assisting with events
  • Creating and posting flyers
  • Data entry
  • Being a resource for other VWU students
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Marketing (e.g. web design, writing, graphic design, video), depending on qualifications.  
  • Ability to be assigned specific projects/duties related to Global Engagement and/or Career Development 
    • Could include: Managing Marlin Boutique, Initial Resume Reviews, Study Away Presentations, Designing Events, etc.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail
  • Creativity and willingness to ask questions and learn
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to changing office needs
  • If a returning student, must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

For more information, contact Brooke Novkovic at blnovkovic@vwu.edu or Alice Jones at ajones@vwu.edu

Computer Services, Help Desk Technician

This position will report to the User Support Manager and will assist faculty, staff and students with computer related issues. The student will answer telephone questions and direct contact in the lab. Must be dependable and courteous.

This position requires:

  • attention to detail
  • a basic knowledge of computers and common software packages
  • good communication skills both in person and over the phone
  • and an ability to work without constant supervision

Student must be willing to learn on the job. Work hours include daylight, evening, and weekends.

Please contact James Jones (jjones@vwu.edu) for more information.

Computer Services, IT Field Technician

This position will report to the User Support Manager and will assist in maintaining/repairing the fleet of computers and technology assets owned by VWU. The student should have a working knowledge of computers and be familiar with common PC and Mac applications including Microsoft Office and Google Apps. This position will require some walking to support student, faculty, and staff computers. Student should be dependable and courteous. Student must be willing to learn on the job.

Please contact James Jones (jjones@vwu.edu) for more information.

Marketing and Communications, Photographer

Virginia Wesleyan University’s Office of Marketing & Communications supports the mission of the College by leading and promoting its marketing and branding initiatives, utilizing a variety of platforms to distinguish the University in the higher education marketplace and communicate the VWU story to key constituencies including prospective and current students, alumni, donors and friends, faculty and staff, the broader public and the media.

Here's how we do it: CREATE and effectively communicate messages and imagery that reflect the University's mission, vision, strategic priorities and core values in a compelling and consistent way; COORDINATE and manage the University's primary communication channels and media opportunities; COLLABORATE with VWU offices and individuals, offering creative services and support for the University's marketing and communications goals.

As a photographer in the Office of Marketing & Communications, you will have an opportunity to build your portfolio through collaboration on a variety of projects while helping to tell the Virginia Wesleyan story.


  • Photograph campus events as assigned
  • Edit, upload and/or caption photos as needed in a timely fashion
  • Maintain a professional appearance and conduct at events
  • Assist with other Marketing and Communications duties as assigned or determined appropriate to the student’s skill set or career goals. These could include:
    • writing
    • editing
    • researching
    • social media
    • or graphic design
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

  • An interest in and at least a basic skill level in photography, willingness to take direction and continually improve photographic skills
  • Majors in communication, art, theater, business, English, or related areas preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including Saturdays and some evenings
  • Writing, editing and communications skills a plus
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of public/social settings and campus events

Candidates should submit examples of their photography directly to dbrandt@vwu.edu.

Optional: you may also submit writing, creative/communication work/design etc. Access to an SLR camera preferred

Financial Aid, Office Assistant

The student will assist the Financial Aid staff.

The student will:

  • greet students and families
  • answer telephones and take messages
  • label and stuff envelopes
  • organize and file student files
  • and pick up supplies and print shop orders

Some preferred skills include pleasant phone manner, computer keyboard/typewriter skills, organizational skills, promptness, and the ability to handle confidential information.

Please contact Teresa Rhyne at trhyne@vwu.edu.

Robert Nusbaum Center, Office Assistant

In addition to having interest in--and being open to--cultural and religious diversity, the office assistant needs to be energetic, flexible, curious, and organized, with good communication skills (in terms of both writing and interaction with others).  Experience with social and online media, with Excel, or with marketing would be helpful.

Contact Dr. Craig Wansink at cwansink@vwu.edu

Dining Service Assistant(s)

How would you like to be in the middle of student activities...get paid...and FREE FOOD?  We have positions available in our Coastal Market, Harbor Grill, Boyd Dining Center, catering, food preparation, utility, and office staff.  We train for all positions; will work around your class schedule; flexible hours. 

For more information, please contact Matthew Smith at jsmith@vwu.edu.

Goode Center, Theatre Technical Assistant(s)

Duties include:

  • Assists in the construction, painting, and installation of scenery
  • Setting up seating equipment and stage sets
  • Installing and focusing lighting equipment
  • Sewing costumes and creating accessories
  • Construction of props
  • Operations of lighting, sound, projection, and recording equipment
  • Scenic painting
  • Assists in running Goode Center events (including Music, Theatre, and Special Events) as scheduled.
  • Assists in supporting all areas of the Fine and Performing Arts Department (Music, Theatre, Fine Art) as needed.


Must be able and willing to work flexible hours with night or weekend hours as scheduled by the supervisor.

Skills required are:

  • ability to climb a 14 foot ladder
  • ability to lift and carry a minimum of 25 pounds
  • and a knowledge of basic construction principles

Prior theatrical experience is helpful but not required if you are willing to learn.

For more information, please contact Trey Delpo at jmdelpo@vwu.edu.

University Store, Store Clerks

Students must be able to or posses the following:

  • Friendly, honest and outgoing personality.
  • Outstanding customer service to the entire VWU community.
  • The ability to process sales/returns accurately and efficiently.
  • Basic PC knowledge and familiarity with electronic equipment (POS cash register, scanners, calculator, copier)
  • Lifting (50+ lbs), bending, stooping and the ability to retrieve and unpack boxes and stock textbooks, merchandise and clothes.
  • Process and pack online orders.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills (in person and on the telephone).
  • Strong mathematical skills.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and productively.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends.

Please contact Kim Brown @ kbrown@vwu.edu.

University Store, Duplication & Postal Services

Students will help with all aspects of duplication and postal services operations to include but not limited to: sorting U.S. and campus mail, receiving and delivering campus mail, operating postage meter and scale, and preparing outgoing mail; folding and sorting copies, binding, and making copies.

Please contact Tia Caffee @ tcaffee@vwu.edu