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If you're like a growing number of students, maintaining employment while attending college is no longer an option it's a must. Career Services is a campus resource that can help. We offer several different ways for you to connect with employers in the Central Ohio area to secure employment:

Career Quest

Career Quest is an online career management system that enables you to search for jobs, upload your resume, sign up for recruiting events and on-campus interviewing, and apply directly for on-campus jobs, off-campus jobs, and internships.

Career Quest

Career Coach

This web tool is designed to take some of the uncertainty out of choosing a career and a major. You can view the latest data on area jobs, salaries, employment trends as well as create your own resume.

Career Coach

Student Employment

As a part of Columbus State's Career Services office, Student Employment is a resource that helps currently enrolled students find part-time employment opportunities on-campus and off-campus through our network of non-profit partners. Some positions are open to all students, while others may require a type of Financial Aid known as Federal Work Study. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Columbus State Community College (see expandable section for enrollment requirements).

Eligibility does not guarantee employment, and pre-employment checks, including a criminal background check are required. Columbus State is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more details and related policies and procedures, see the Student Employment Handbook.

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Employment Types

The type of student employment you qualify for depends on your enrollment level at Columbus State and if you were awarded Federal Work Study as a portion of your Financial Aid.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) provides students with high financial need employment opportunities through part-time student employment.  Not all students receiving need based aid will qualify or be awarded FWS as funding for this aid program is limited.  If you are unsure if you have FWS or not, check your Financial Aid award letter via CougarWeb or contact the Student Employment Staff. 

Hired students earn their FWS award by working a regular work schedule and are paid twice a month through a regular paycheck.  Total earnings for the academic year are limited to the total dollar amount of the award, but most students, if working a moderate schedule of 10-12 hours per week, can make their FWS award last most of the academic year.  Earnings can be used by the student to off-set cost of living and/or other costs of attending Columbus State.  FWS earnings are not credited toward future tuition and fees charges or past due balances.  Six credit hours of enrollment or more at Columbus State are required at all times for a student to pursue and/or continue a FWS position.

Off-Campus Community Work Study

A subset of the Federal Work Study program, Community Work Study offers students the chance to pursue employment with any one of Columbus State's nonprofit and government partners. These partnerships offer students the unique opportunity to earn their Federal Work Study award in service to the local community. Positions are as varied as the community partners, and many students find positions related to their degree (e.g. Early Childhood Development).

View our Off-Campus Workplace Safety Statement.

Community Partners:

AIDS Resource Center Ohio
AVID - Columbus City Schools
Columbus Historical Society
Columbus Literacy Council
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
Council for Older Adults of Del. County
Delaware Co. Job and Family Services
Delaware  County Habitat for Humanity
Faith Mission

Girl Scouts of Central Ohio
Habitat for Humanity – MidOhio
HandsOn Central Ohio
New Directions Career Center
OH Chemical Dependency Professionals
Ohio History Connection
Salvation Army of Central Ohio
The Childhood League Center


College Work Study (regular student employment)

Some on-campus departments are able to hire students without Federal Work Study through College Work Study.  Financial Aid and a current FAFSA are not required. These regular student jobs are open to any student enrolled in three or more credit hours regardless of financial aid status.  If you were not awarded FWS as a part of your aid, you would default into this category of student employment.  College Work Study has no earning limit for the academic year as does FWS. 

Schedule Limitations

The maximum work schedule for any student employee is 20 hours per week during the academic term and 30 hours per week during the academic break. 

Pay Rates

Student Employee I - $8.10per hour 

Minimal to no prior work experience required. Basic duties completed under direct supervision.

Student Employee II - $8.10 per hour

Some prior work experience and/or education may be required. Duties completed independently and under direct supervision with a moderate amount of autonomy and situational decision making. May oversee Student Employee I's.

Student Employee III - $10.00 per hour

Work experience, education, or skill may be required. Duties largely completed with autonomy. Student responsible for high level decision making and interpretation of situations, policy, and department procedures. May oversee Student Employee I and II's.

International Students

International students are permitted to work part-time on the premises of Columbus State's campus and are welcome to apply for any student employment position as long as it does not require Federal Work Study eligibility.  International students per visa requirements must be enrolled full-time (12 credits hours or more) and are limited to no more than 20 hours per week.  For a full overview of eligibility requirements for employment as an international student visit International Enrollment Services in Madison Hall. Employers Students