A federally-funded work program based on financial need. Depending on availability, some students may be able to work in community service-related positions.
The amount of your FWS is the maximum amount you may earn during the academic year. Working up to seven hours a week will allow you to earn your maximum award. Earnings are paid bi-weekly, usually via direct deposit. An offer of FWS is not a guarantee of a job. Your job assignment information will be posted to SIS under the Special Messages tab prior to the start of the semester.
As there is no guarantee that the money will be earned, the potential earnings from your work award will not be credited to your student account or considered as an anticipated payment for billing purposes. Earnings are paid directly to students for hours worked; therefore, we advise you not to consider any Federal Work Study award as money available to pay for school expenses at the beginning of each semester. Federal Work Study earnings may be used at your discretion.
Special notes for the job listing below
* Denotes a Community Service position
** For students assigned to one of these departments, it will be listed as "Rensselaer Union Administration Office" on their Work Study placement notification due to departmental merges.
*** For students assigned to one of these departments, it will be listed as "HASS-Deans Office" on their Work Study placement notification due to departmental merges.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing, stuffing envelopes for mailing, labeling, running campus errands, opening and sorting incoming mail, etc. May include light moving of supplies to and from the basement storage area.
Skills: Attention to detail, strong work ethic.
Job Description: Data entry, running errands, answering phones, and general office duties.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include general office work such as typing, working with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents, running campus errands, and working with confidential information. Also may provide assistance during events.
Skills: Must use discretion and judgment when reviewing confidential information.
Job Description: Tutoring and mentoring children in grades pre-K through 9 in math skills. Students work with teachers in public, private and parochial schools in Troy helping youngsters to become proficient in math skills. Tutoring will take place in local schools during school hours or in local libraries and museums in early evening or on Saturdays in the Tutor Time program, depending on student's schedule. Training occurs in early September and support is given all year to all Work Study student tutors. Hired students are paid for their training and for preparation time each week, as well as for the traveling and tutoring time each session.
Skills: Students must value math, like children, and have some prior experience working with children, such as with siblings, in schools, or on campus. Applicants will be interviewed by program director.
Job Description: Tutoring and mentoring children in grades pre-K through 3 in reading skills. Students work with teachers in public, private and parochial schools in Troy helping youngsters learn basic reading skills and to love reading. Tutoring will take place in local schools during school hours or in local libraries and museums in early evening or on Saturdays in the Tutor Time program, depending on student's schedule. Training occurs in early September and support is given all year to all Work Study student tutors. Hired students are paid for their training and for preparation time each week, as well as for the traveling and tutoring time each session.
Skills: Students must value reading, like children, and have some prior experience working with children, such as with siblings, in schools, or on campus. Applicants will be interviewed by program director.
Job Description: Office duties including telephone support, assistance with registration for various programs, assistance with planning special events, light data entry, organizing materials as needed, and greeting visitors and customers.
Job Description: Clerical position with some research and maintenance duties. Specifics include providing service and support at circulation/reserve desk, checking in/out library materials, answering the phone, providing directional/reference assistance, organizing class reserve materials, fulfilling interlibrary loan requests, recording statistics, maintaining copy machine and printers, typing, and other clerical duties. Maintaining stacks includes shelving books, journals, videos, maps and slides in the correct order. Position also involves dusting and light cleaning of the library, arranging and moving materials within the library, and helping with daily campus deliveries.
Skills: Excellent customer service and communication skills needed, consistent attendance required, willingness to learn basic library policies.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include general office work such as light typing, filing, mail distribution, and researching information for faculty, etc, as well as general building clean-up and light moving of furniture.
Job Description: Audio and video equipment rental service, checking audio- and video-related equipment in and out to Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff. General related duties include answering the main office phone, making copies, scanning documents and doing data entry, as well as assisting with completing printing projects and delivering promotional materials for department events. Job may also involve helping to setup and breakdown events for the department such as performances, faculty meetings and lectures. Will also assist in maintaining office upkeep such as watering plants, wiping off tables and equipment, helping with weekly lab/classrooms maintenance, and assisting in audio and video equipment maintenance. May occasionally be required to operate video and/or audio equipment for special events when needed.
Skills: Basic knowledge of audio and video equipment required, but not necessary. Attention to detail a must. Excellent customer service required. General office duties, data entry skills, Organization, Verbal, Communication, customer focus, multi-tasking. Must also have strong communication skills, basic computer knowledge, and an ability to follow multi-step directions; must also be personable and maintain a business casual appearance.
Job Description: Positon 1 - Clerical duties include general office tasks, computer work, photocopying, running errands, etc. Positon 2 - Help administer the web page/web server. Knowledge of software packages or ability to write code for updating the web page required. Knowledge of Windows servers helpful but not required.
Skills: Reliable attendance necessary. Some computer experience helpful for Position 1, but will train. Web authoring software knowledge required and knowledge of Windows server helpful for Position 2.
Job Description: Clerical and computer work. Duties include filing, data entry, alphabetizing, typing, helping with campus deliveries, mailings and other clerical tasks as assigned.
Skills: Must be good with numbers, and have an attention to detail.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing ID and R.A.D. deposit slips, and making RAD deposits on the cash register.
Skills: Ability to decipher illegible handwriting a plus.
Job Description: Duties include pricing merchandise, stocking shelves, assisting customers, answering phones, making departmental deliveries on campus, general cleaning and other related tasks as assigned.
Skills: Must be honest, dependable, and able to lift up to 50 pounds. A driver's license is also required.
Job Description: Data entry of motor vehicle permits, parking tickets and ticket appeals. Job also involves answering routine phone and in-person inquiries regarding the campus parking and shuttle bus system, as well as filing and any required or miscellaneous office duties as assigned. Will also assist with traffic control for events at EMPAC, ECAV, Armory. Lot attendants to let vehicles through parking gates. Many work assignments will occur on weekends.
Skills: Excellent customer service skills and ability to perform duties in accordance with Institute and department policies and procedures.
Job Description: General office work and serving as career assistant. Duties include answering telephones, filing, typing, computer work, photocopying, etc, and helping promote CDC events. Professional conduct is required for working the CDC recruiting area and in the CDC.
Skills: Customer service skills required for dealing with students and visiting employers. Computer skills needed, especially knowledge of MS Word and Excel.
Job Description: Mechanical or electrical student with hands-on skills who is interested in designing and building devices.
Skills: Has interest in robotics. Programming experience or interest a plus.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include replenishing paper in both second-floor copy machines and BT 3005 machine at beginning and end of shifts, sorting mail, copying and scanning documents, filing and sorting, running campus errands, replenishing of safety glasses in labs, replenishing hand sanitizer in dispensers throughout the building and lab corridors, posting flyers, replenishing and arranging mailroom and shipping supplies, and distributing CBIS information packets and brochures and Core brochures and flyers.
Skills: Ability to follow instructions and to use office equipment such as a copier, printer, fax machine and scanner.
Job Description: Lab Assistant. Duties include copying, filing/sorting, running campus errands, posting flyers, maintaining interactive technologies and related equipment, and tracking various equipment needed for program success. Assistance also needed with curriculum development, project design and program setup and closing.
Skills: Ability to follow instructions. Ability to use office equipment; copier, printer, fax and scanner. Ability to learn various programming software for interactive technologies. (ex. Robolab and Scratch)
Job Description: Clerical and other duties as needed, including copying, filing, answering phones, running errands, scanning reports, etc.
Job Description: Position involves performing security, maintenance, public relations and clerical functions. Security duties include supervision of various group meetings, building lock-up (if working the night shift), periodic check-up of doors and windows, supervision of grounds. Maintenance duties include cleanup of the Center, cleanup after group meetings, grounds cleanup, and control of lights, heat, and air conditioning. Public relations duties include helping run events, poster distribution, act as host for all groups who are scheduled at the Center, answer telephone in a courteous and responsible manner. Other duties may be assigned. Some weekend work occasionally required.
Skills: Must be personable and have good communication skills.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing, photocopying, running campus errands, etc.
Job Description: Clerical and research work. Duties include doing inventory, making repairs and improvements, preparing electrical apparatus and equipment, standardizing instruments, transfering chemicals and supplies, preparing solutions and reference standards, and performing general office and computer work.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing, running errands on campus, copying, answering phones, light typing, preparing bulletin boards, helping professors as needed, etc. Also involves straightening up labs and office spaces.
Job Description: Duties include assisting in the expediting of receiving/distribution of parts to Rensselaer Computer Repair's technical team, as well as helping with delivery and pick-up of completed repaired computers and peripherals to various locations on campus. Must provide general computer support to all members of campus community, and be able to respond to questions in person, via telephone and online.
Skills: Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and be organized.
Job Description: Student Help Desk computer consultant, providing general computer support to all members of campus community, and responding to questions in person, via telephone and online.
Skills: Good communication skills and general computing knowledge, especially regarding RPI computing and setup. Must be available to meet an assigned schedule and willing to learn new computer skills. Training will be provided.
Job Description: Duties include bar service, table waiting, checking IDs at the door, cleaning, re-stocking, and closing. Work includes handling cash. “TIPS” training required for new staff. Training sessions offered in early fall.
Skills: Good communication and interpersonal skills, reliability, loyalty; restaurant experience helpful but not required. Must be a team player.
Job Description: Copying, shredding, filing, retrieving mail, delivering and picking up various items on campus, and conducting general office duties as assigned with a high level of confidentiality. There may be an occasional need to edit documents and perform computer work.
Skills: General office skills and a willingness to pitch in.
Job Description: Clerical and technical positions. Clerical duties include running errands, photocopying, distributing mail, posting notices on seminar/conferences, maintaining employment and education bulletin boards, recycling, unloading and stocking copy paper, answering telephones, covering/closing the main office and other rooms when the department secretary is not available, and assisting with weekly colloquium and bulk mailings when required. Technical position offers a variety of tasks suiting different skill levels. In addition to daily maintenance tasks such as stocking printers, qualified students will have the opportunity to aid the department in tasks such as troubleshooting, networking installation, programming and web development, as well as other miscellaneous system work as needed.
Skills: Typing and telephone skills needed for clerical positions. Computer knowledge needed for technical positions.
Job Description: Clerical and laboratory positions. Clerical duties include copying, filing, running campus errands, doing computer work, shredding, helping with on- and off-campus mailings, and other projects as needed. Laboratory duties involve supporting classes and student project work in one of the following shops: the Advanced Manufacturing Lab, the JEC Student Shop, or the MDL Fabrication and Prototyping Area. Under the direct supervision of shop staff, the student will operate various manufacturing equipment, instruct students on safe operation of equipment, and deliver laboratory modules as needed. The student will also assist in following classes: ENGR-1100 IEA, ENGR-1200, EG & CAD, ENGR-1300, ENG. Processes, ENGR-1400 ENG. Communications, ENGR-2050 IED, ENGR-2350 Embedded Control
Skills: Use of machines relating to engineering processes class. Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior level engineering student.
Job Description: Lab field. Duties include assisting in preparation of media, solutions, sterilization of glassware and other materials for molecular biology. Majority of work will be in preparation of materials for experiments; however, highly motivated students will have some opportunity to assist in scientific experimentation.
Job Description: Duties include supporting the Institute's Advancement office in a variety of ways, including researching the Web, working on databases, organizing materials for special campus-wide and donor recognition events, helping with paperwork and filing associated with donor relations and research materials, all of which will enable the work-study student to learn several aspects of academic fundraising. This work would be located off-campus in the Hedley Building.
Skills: Microsoft Word and Excel experience helpful.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include working at the reception desk, filing, preparing mass mailings, running errands, doing some data entry and performing other general office tasks as assigned.
Skills: Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Web knowledge a plus, but not required.
Job Description: Student Programmer position. Involves coding, testing and troubleshooting programs utilizing existing hardware, database and programming technology. Student will maintain and modify existing programs, make approved changes and amend flow charts, analyze performance of programs and correct deficiencies based on consultation with users and approval of superviosr. Student will also confer with users to gain understanding of needed changes or modifications of existing programs, and write and maintain programming documentation.
Skills: Able to work a minimum of six hours a week and commit to at least two full years of student emplyment. Demonstrated commitment to quality and dependable attendance. Knowledge of progamming procedures and languages including ASP, MSSQL, Jquery, CSS and JSON. Ability to process data and to format and generate reports. Ability to write technical instructions in the use of programs and/or program modifications.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing, distributing mail, copying, running campus errands, answering phones, working on computer projects, and helping organize labs. Lab Assistant - Some students will have the opportunity to work in faculty research labs.
Skills: Basic office skills, minor Excel and Word computer skills and a friendly disposition desired. Lab assistants must be able to follow instructions, have an attention to detail, and practice careful and accurate lab techniques.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include answering phones, photocopying, running errands, doing computer work, typing, conducting library research, etc.
Skills: Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Job Description: Clerical and technical positions. Clerical duties include preparing course materials for faculty, delivering mail to different offices on campus, answering phones and other office duties as assigned. Technical duties include assisting in networking and teaching labs when needed.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include answering phones, photocopying, helping with mailings, filing, shredding, cycling, assisting with campus deliveries, and helping with occasional moving and reorganizing of boxes and/or materials for conferences and events. Computer position.
Skills: Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Access would be helpful for assisting with routine correspondence mailings, creating lists and labels.
Job Description: Help with general outdoor maintenance such as watering and maintaining plant and flower beds, shoveling (including snow), assisting with greenhouse duties and daily trash debris pick-up, raking leaves, etc.
Skills: Ability to lift, push, and pull average weights (up to 70lbs.), with occasional handling of heavy weights over 70lbs. Required Safety Training (EHS online Work-study Student Training).
Job Description: Supervise/officiate intramural team sports including flag football, volleyball, indoor soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, hockey and other activities. Responsible for overseeing and managing a safe pleasant atmosphere for intramural participants and for assisting the professional staff when needed.
Skills: General knowledge of recreational sports programs, good leadership skills, available to work afternoons, evenings and weekends. Strong interpersonal skills.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include general office work, filing, running errands, helping with mailings, doing data entry, etc. Students with IT experience also needed to assist Lally's IT manager.
Skills: We would like to have two ITEC or CSCI students assigned to assist with our IT dept.
Job Description: Clerical, maintenance, technical positions. Clerical duties include photocopying, word processing, assisting with campus deliveries, pulling and re-shelving of materials, providing directional assistance, answering phones, doing data entry, verifying documents, and filing. Maintenance duties include making minor repairs, cleaning and moving materials. Technical duties include providing basic technical assistance for laptops, network printers and RensSearch workstations. Will also need to answer basic questions involving the library catalog, RensSearch and First Search databases.
Skills: Various skills required for different jobs. Some of these include general familiarity with a library, knowledge of computer applications such as Windows, Word, etc, ability to lift up heavy items, attention to detail, and ability to work independently, excellent communication skills. Technical position requires computer skills, ability to work with spreadsheets and databases, PDF formats, and network printing knowledge.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include general office work such as copying, assembling conference materials, doing data entry of lab results and library work. Lab Help. As needed, help assemble lighting test apparatus. Support research projects with computer support.
Skills: Must be able to come to downtown Troy between 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Job Description: Clerical, web site, maintenance and research positions. Clerical duties include photocopying, running errands, assisting with mailings and party set-up, doing computer data entry using Access, etc. Web site positions include setting up web pages for department labs. Maintenance duties include working in laboratories, cleaning, setting up experiments, and assisting with recording data/results.
Skills: Conscientious work attitude and reliability. Computer skills needed for certain positions.
Job Description: Clerical and laboratory maintenance positions. Clerical duties include various office tasks, such as working on graduate recruitment admissions program, doing computer work, photocopying, running errands, etc. Laboratory/maintenance duties include cleaning and upkeep of labs, moving equipment, stocking supplies, etc.
Skills: Reliable attendance necessary. Some computer experience helpful for clerical position, but will train. For lab position, general ability to understand process technology and related lab procedures is needed.
Job Description: Clerical, research and maintenance positions. Duties include scanning of course materials, cataloging and shelving books in the Math library, posting, running campus errands, assisting with mass mailings, photocopying, gathering statistics for professors, helping with computer projects, and assisting staff with computer knowledge.
Job Description: Fitness consulting, maintenance and reception duties. Duties include ensuring that participants are using equipment in a safe and considerate fashion. Must also be familiar with Mueller Center emergency procedures, and understand and enforce all Mueller Center policies and procedures. Job also involves cleaning fitness center and equipment, interacting with patrons in person and over the phone, and demonstrating a willingness to answer questions or direct questions to appropriate persons. Duties also include reporting broken and out-of-order equipment, following all building opening and closing procedures, cooperating with other staff members and working as a team, and checking patrons' ID cards as they enter the fitness center.
Skills: Need an active email account. Requires a current CPR and first aid certification. Training will be provided. Must attend all staff meetings and participate in staff training.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include assembling packets and reports, updating databases, typing, photocopying, distributing mail, filing, running campus errands, and working on office projects as required.
Skills: Computer skills necessary. Dependable to work on assigned days.
Job Description: Clerical tasks including photocopying, filing, distributing mailings, delivering mail around campus, posting flyers and other clerical tasks. Job also involves updating spreadsheets using Excel, updating documents using Word, and serving as receptionist for the suite of offices by greeting students and other visitors and answering phones.
Skills: Ability to greet students and visitors professionally and to interact with faculty, staff, students on a professional level. Excellent communication skills. Confidentiality required as student may have access to student records/applications (when filing). Excel/Word skills. Attention to detail.
Job Description: Student Facilities Planner: Project scheduling/Critical Path Method-develop and update macro level project schedules for deferred maintenance and capital projects, Life cycle calculations, Cost Estimating and evaluation of contractor proposals, Deferred maintenance project defelopment-10 year maintenance planning and roof maintenance program, Research deferred maintenance database (Sightlines) to develop projects and update data in the database, Documenting repairs through photographs, measurements, etc., Verification of existing campus building condition, assistance with infrastructure planning, Engineering review of proposed energy usage and possible energy conservation ideas including lighting retrofit projects, and develop and update service contract scopes of work.
Skills: Word, Excel knowledge required; Powerpoint, Outlook preferred. Any engineering or architecture major is preferred. Student must have the ability to work with minimal direction, be self-motivated, and have strong interpersonal skills to interact with staff.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include office support for the department, such as copying, filing, distributing mail, answering phones, etc.
Job Description: Clerical position in a highly confidential area. Duties include shredding paperwork, photocopying, filing, assisting with weekly mailings, doing data entry, assisting with preparation for monthly Board of Trustees meetings, and covering the front desk as needed.
Skills: Confidentiality is very important. Student is expected to show up on time, work for designated hours, and call in when not able to come to work. Also, familiarity with the Institute, familiarity with the Web, knowledge of Rensselaer’s phone system, and knowledge of office equipment and Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Access) are all important.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing, doing data entry, copying, shredding, helping with deliveries on campus, and answering phones.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing, running errands, light typing, or assisting with Library Security Watch detail in the evenings.
Skills: Must be able or want to work evenings for Library Security Watch detail.
Job Description: Clerical and computer work. Duties include filing, doing data entry, electronic scanning and filing, alphabetizing, typing, assisting with campus deliveries and mailings, and performing other clerical tasks as assigned.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include greeting office visitors, answering phones, filing, doing light data entry, assisting with campus deliveries, disseminating information, distributing mailings, handling keys and card access, and doing some computer projects as assigned. May also assist in lock-outs and escorting non-Rensselaer employees through the residence halls.
Skills: Must be customer service oriented with basic office skills. Must be discreet and be able to communicate well with a diverse population of students. Computer skills a plus, including knowledge of PCs, Word, Excel and Photoshop.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include assisting in the daily operations of the Dean's Office by answering telephones, photocopying, running errands, filing, updating data bases, etc.
Job Description: Clerical position. Clerical duties include doing computer work, keyboarding, copying, collating, scanning documents, running errands, doing library work, moving furniture, cleaning, and other miscellaneous office work as assigned.
Skills: Computer software and hardware knowledge helpful. Ability to scan documents or ability to learn desired.
Job Description: Research position. Duties include working directly with research staff on assigned projects (programming applications, Web page maintenance, etc.), assisting with maintenance and upkeep of computer labs and equipment (cleaning, stocking supplies, etc.).
Skills: Basic computer skills needed, knowledge of programming in various languages desired, advanced computer skills are a definite asset. Must have an interest in participating in research projects.
Job Description: Performing clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and running campus errands.
Skills: Needs great organizational and computer skills.
Job Description: Students will work on developing and implementing new sites and brainstorming ideas, under the guidance of the Student Experience and FirstYear Experience staff. Duties also include general office work, such as answering phones, taking messages, mailing, posting flyers, running campus errands, working with confidential information, learning the timeline and process for upcoming FYE programs, and helping with various projects as assigned. Must attend a bi-weekly meeting in order to work in this office.
Skills: Must be dependable and have excellent customer service/phone skills, computer skills, attention to detail, and ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced environment.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing and other general office tasks such as alphabetizing paperwork, scanning documents, and doing data entry in Excel format. Involves working in a highly confidential environment.
Skills: Computer skills and general knowledge of use of office equipment. HTML web design desired.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include filing, answering phones and doing computer work.
Job Description: Research and clerical positions -- Duties include copying, filing and organizing income and expense documents associated with patenting and licensing and entering data in Excel spreadsheets. Support marketing research efforts -- Duties include identifying uses of a technology and size of the associated major markets and generating a list of companies that could potentially benefit from the technology.
Job Description: Clerical work such as filing, doing data entry, and picking up/dropping off campus deliveries.
Job Description: Clerical position. Duties include general office work such as doing data entry, filing, running campus errands, working with confidential information, copying, assisting with phones, helping with special events, and other duties as assigned.
Skills: Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access. Engineering or Science students preferred.