Get hired! Student Employment Program – Student Information

The Student Employment Program provides excellent opportunities for students to develop skills and experiences that will better promote their career readiness.  Interested students should follow the steps below:

Step 1 | Verify Your Eligibility

Eligibility requires that you:

  • are a currently enrolled Brookdale student within a degree-seeking program.
  • are registered with at least 6 credits* during the semester employed.
  • hold a GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • have a current resume and Handshake account.
  • determine if you have been awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) by emailing the Financial Aid Office at faoffice@brookdalecc.edu. All students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to determine their FWS eligibility. If not FWS eligible, you can only apply to Student Help (SH) labeled positions.

*For Federal Work Student students, you must be registered for and maintain an enrollment status of half time (six-degree credits). Courses taken that are not part of your degree do not count toward your eligibility for federal student aid.

Step 2 | Activate Your Handshake Account

All student employment positions are posted on Handshake so you will need to activate your account and create a profile.

Step 3 | Make A Resume Review Appointment

Contact the Career Center office at career@brookdalecc.edu to make an appointment to have your resume reviewed. You will need a resume to apply for all student employment positions.

Step 4 | Explore Student Employment Positions

If have any questions or need further assistance, please contact career@brookdalecc.edu

Student Employment Program FAQs 

Are eligible students guaranteed a position?

  • Unfortunately, students are not guaranteed positions even if they have been awarded FWS.

What is the current pay rate?

  • Currently, the pay rate for student employment positions is $15.13 per hour

What type of positions are available?

How many hours can a student employee work?

  • Student employees cannot work more than 20 hours per week.

A student employee’s class was canceled, can they pick up a shift?

  • No, a student cannot work a shift that conflicts with their class schedule even if a class has been canceled.

If a student employee drops classes for the semester can they continue to work?

  • Student employees cannot work if they are not registered with a minimum of 6-credits within a degree-seeking program.

Can a student employee work during winter break?

  • Yes, if student is registered for at least 6-credits for the Spring Term and has maintained a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA within a degree-seeking program.

Can a student employee work during the summer?

Federal Work Study (FWS) students may work after the Spring Term last day of instruction to June 30th if:

  • Student has remaining FWS funding
  • Registered for at least 1 credit during any Summer Term (1,2, and/or 3) or registered for at least 6-credits in subsequent Fall Term
  • Has maintained a 2.5 cumulative GPA within a degree-seeking program
  • Has confirmed eligibility with the Career Center

Federal Work Study (FWS) students may work after July 1st if:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for upcoming academic year has been completed
  • Eligible for FWS offer for the upcoming academic year
  • Registered for at least 6-credits in Fall Term
  • Has maintained a 2.5 cumulative GPA within a degree-seeking program
  • Has confirmed eligibility with the Career Center and completed a Student Employment Agreement for the academic year of employment

Student Help (SH) student employees may work after the Spring Term last day of Instruction to June 30th if:

  • Registered for at least 1 credit during any Summer Term (1,2, and/or 3) or registered for at least 6-credits in subsequent Fall Term
  • Has maintained a 2.5 cumulative GPA within a degree-seeking program
  • Has confirmed eligibility with the Career Center

Student Help (SH) student employees may work after July 1st if:

  • Registered for at least 6-credits in Fall Term
  • Has maintained a 2.5 cumulative GPA within a degree-seeking program
  • Has confirmed eligibility with the Career Center and completed a Student Employment Agreement for the academic year of employment

How many positions can a student employee hold?

  • A student can hold two positions, but both combined cannot exceed 20 hours per week.

When and how do student employees get paid?  

  • Students are paid bi-weekly (15th and 30th/31st) via direct deposit. Students will submit time worked via self service time entry.

Student Help vs. Federal Work-Study | What is the difference?

  • The main difference between a Federal Work-Study (FWS) and a Student Help (SH) classification is where your student employment payment funds originate.
  • Student Help positions are funded through a department’s budget and all eligible students with or without a FWS award can apply.
  • Federal Work-Study position funding is earned through a student’s financial aid award and students must have been awarded FWS in order to apply.
  • If you are not sure if you are FWS eligible, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
  • All students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to determine their FWS eligibility.
  • A FWS status also provides opportunities for students to work with non-profit community agencies within Monmouth County.