Work Study

What is work study?  It is a need-based program that provides eligibility to work part-time on or off-campus while pursuing your studies at Cornish.

How is it funded?  If you are a legal resident, it is funded by the State of Washington and your employer, and your award is called State Work Study. Otherwise, it is funded by the federal government and your employer, and your award is called Federal Work Study.

What is the difference between a work study job and a regular part-time job?  Some of the benefits of a work study job are scheduling flexibility, working in your field of study, work study earnings typically not increasing your FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC), a possible eligibility for the State of Washington Food Stamp Program while you maintain your work study job, whether you are a legal resident or not.

How do I get paid?  For an on-campus job, you and your supervisor keep track of hours worked on a timesheet you both sign on the 19th of the month and submit to the Office of Financial Aid. At Cornish, you receive a paycheck once a month at the end of the month. For an off-campus job, you do the same but according to your employer's payroll and timeline. You must be paid at least once a month.

How much can I earn?  You can earn up to your award amount. You must be paid an hourly wage that is equal to an entry level non work study position performing similar duties with the organization and, never less than Washington State minimum wage, $14.00 starting January 1, 2018. You can work a maximum of 19 hours per week during enrollment periods and breaks.

For more information about the work study program, please visit the Work Study Program DefinitionWork Study Residency Classification Information and Rate of Pay and Benefits Paid to Work Study Students.

Work Study Job Postings

  1. Check to see if you're eligible for work study. On Compass in the 'Financial Aid' tab under 'Your Financial Aid Award' you can see if you are eligible for work study and view whether you have a State or Federal award (you must be eligible for the program to participate in it and can only apply for jobs within your designated award).
  2. Look through the posted jobs. The jobs posted below are currently in the hiring process. Read through the criteria and description to see if the job is the right fit for you. 
  •             Each job title specifies next to it how many positions are available for hire and whether those positions are State or Federal
  •             i.e. (x2 Federal) means there are two positions available and they are both Federal work study positions

        3. If you find a position you qualify for and are interested in, follow the instructions at the bottom of the posting for how to apply for the position. 


(UPDATED: 2/14)

Front of House Assistant (x2 Federal)

100 hours each starting at $15/hr

Provide organizational and administrative assistance including:

  • Helping the House Manager ensure the safety and comfort of patrons
  • Maintaining a well functioning, professional, and customer service oriented Front of House Assisting with communications between Rental Clients, Stage Management, Ticket Office, and Volunteer Ushers for events. 

Educational benefits to be derived by students in this job:

  • This position will allow students to gain first-hand experience in house and crowd management

Minimum qualifications:

  • Skilled in: organization, interpersonal communication & time management, customer service
  • Basic understanding of Front of House performing arts terminology and equipment
  • Need to be able to lift 50+ lbs

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Andrew Murray at amurray@cornish.edu

Youth Tutor at Catholic Community Services (x2 Federal)

15 hours each starting at $15/hr - one position available at Yesler Terrace, one at Rainier Vista

  • Help student(s) with homework, reading and skill building in language arts and math
  • Involve students in fun learning activities 
  • Make learning exciting, relevant and creative
  • Commit to a weekly tutoring session at the time you have chosen. If you are unable to come to your session, please notify the tutoring center staff at least 24hrs in advance and schedule a substitution day for any missed session
  • Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:
               Gain satisfaction from positively impacting students both academically and personally. Work with staff and other motivated volunteers in a group setting. Free tutor training to improve your skills. Support from center staff. 
  • Minimum Qualifications
               Ability to work with youth in a respectful and caring manner; Ability and desire to motivate youth to improve their academic skills; Effective communication skills; Dependability and patience; Ability to set academic and personal goals with students

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Alaina Boyle (Rainier Vista) at alainab@ccsww.org or Terrin Day (Yesler Terrace) at terrind@ccsww.org


Extended Day Teacher at Spruce Street School (Federal)

Starting at $15/hr

  • Be responsible for developing project ideas for daily or weekly theme-based projects for 5-10 year old students
  • Work with a team of teachers to meet the needs of 40 students in diverse after-school program
  • Be responsible for direct supervision of children
  • Need to be able to work an average of 10hrs/week
  • Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

      This position will allow the student to develop and implement creative projects and serve as a role model to young students. Student will work with highly capable staff and a diverse group of students. 

  • Minimum Qualifications:

      Experience working with a diverse student body and experience working with children - must be responsible and reliable.

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Briel Schmitz  at briels@sprucestreetschool.org

Theater House Manager (x1 Federal)

28.5 hours starting at $15/hr

  • Ensure proper house management of all departmental productions.

  • Assist with the hiring and scheduling of house managers.

  • Provide a professional image of Cornish to the community.

  • Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

    • Front of house management experience

    • Improved customer service and leadership skills

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • Strong organizational, communication, and customer service skills needed

    • Available on weekends and evenings and to occasionally travel off-site

    • Able to be a leader and to stay calm under pressure


To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Shawn Belyea sbelyea@cornish.edu

Admissions Event Assistant (x4 State)

45 hours starting at $15/hr

Provides organizational and administrative support including:

  • Mailing - stuffing envelopes, delivering to security/FedEx
  • Helping with open house and other events - directing parking, helping with tours, interacting with incoming students and families
  • Helping clean and organize the office
  • Helping pack for trips
  • Answering the main phone and directing calls

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow students to gain interpersonal skills by working with students, staff and faculty in a fast paced office environment. They will gain organizational & customer service skills that may be applied throughout their educational and professional careers.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Computer & technical competency - including Microsoft Office, Google's G Suite, and basic understanding of databases
  • Skilled in: data entry, organizational and interpersonal communication
  • Ability to work independently, previous customer service experience preferred

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Randy Wood at rwood@cornish.edu


Box Office Representative (x1 Federal)

46.25 hours starting at $15/hr

Provides organizational and administrative assistance including:

  • Greeting patrons and selling tickets
  • Receiving, tendering and reporting all ticket transactions for events
  • Responsibility for keys and petty cash box
  • Setting up technical equipment necessary for the box office to run

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow students to learn customer service skills in addition to learning the intricacies of box office operations and all aspects ticketing for performance events. Students will develop business acumen in relation to selling tickets and accounting for and reporting on total ticket sales. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Skilled in: organizational and interpersonal communication, customer service, handling cash, basic math skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple responsibilities at a time and problem-solve

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Andrew Murray at amurray@cornish.edu


Gallery BFA Assistant (x4 Federal)

48 hours starting at $15/hr

Provides organizational and administrative assistance including:

  • Organization of the exhibit, art handling & condition reporting, installation & de-installation
  • Assist with lighting, audio-visual set up, wall repair and painting
  • Completion of loan forms 
  • Arrangements for shipping and transportation of artwork
  • Scheduling and organizing educational programs
  • Copy-editing and production of object labels

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow students to learn the inner workings of non-commercial, contemporary art gallery showing work as well as installation and de-installation of exhibits.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Skilled in: organizational and interpersonal communication
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience with lighting art exhibitions and setting up audio-visual equipment is a plus

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Kristin Swenson-Lintault at kswenson-lintault@cornish.edu


Housing Desk Assistant (x2 Federal)

102 & 77.5 hours starting at $15/hr

Provides organizational and administrative assistance including:

  • Serving as front office support
  • Answering the phone, greeting/assisting visitors, posting to social media, responding to emails
  • Creating posters/advertising for events and programs
  • Assist in the creation of audio recording of texts or conversion of text to alternative formats
  • Other duties as assigned

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow students to experience working in a professional office setting and improve their customer service skills. Student will also improve their communication and collaboration skills. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Skilled in: Organization, interpersonal communication & time management, customer service, leadership, computer competency, confidentiality

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Emily Eskridge at ejune@cocm.com


IT Assistant (x1 State)

120 hours starting at $15/hr

Provides organizational and administrative assistance including:

  • Light technical troubleshooting various technical components
  • Data entry, inventory
  • Special projects as assigned

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow students to grasp and understanding of technology in a work environment, identify hardware/software issues, build troubleshooting skills and be involved in day-to-day workings of an IT office. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Skilled in: Computer competency, familiarity with MS Office, strong interpersonal communication and customer service, time efficiency & ability to manage time appropriately 

    Must be able to lift 25lbs

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Arrien Hoogendoorn at ahoogendoorn@cornish.edu


Music Office Assistant (x1 Federal)

52 hours starting at $15/hr

Provides organizational and administrative assistance including:

  • Data entry
  • Posting notices
  • Providing copy support
  • Scanning and filing documents
  • Assisting with bulk mailings
  • Other duties as assigned

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow students to gain interpersonal skills by working with students, staff, and faculty in a fast-paced office environment. They will gain organizational skills that may be applied throughout their educational and professional careers.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Computer & technical competency - including Microsoft Office, Google's G Suite, and basic understanding of databases, confidentiality and filing systems
  • Skilled in: data entry, organizational and interpersonal communication
  • Ability to work independently

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Claire Biringer at cbiringer@cornish.edu


Music Tutor (x1 Federal)

33.75 hours starting at $15/hr

Assists students individually or in small groups with technique or text materials

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow the individual to gain experience working in an educational capacity with college-level students,  deepening of the individual's own knowledge and command of the materials and/or technique. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced skills in subject matter to be taught

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Claire Biringer at cbiringer@cornish.edu


Poncho Assistant (x1 State)

State - 140.8 hours starting at $15/hr

  • Assists with maintenance and repair of theatre space and equipment. 
  • Assists with the set-up, run, and strike of events in PONCHO Concert Hall

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • Students will gain hands-on experience in all positions of venue staffing: house managing, stage managing, lighting and sound

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Responsible, punctual, and able to work with minimal supervision. 
  • Able to lift 50#, use basic hand and power tools, and move/climb ladders

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Frank Phillips at fphillips@cornish.edu


Student Life Desk Assistant (x1 State)

113 hours starting at $15/

Provides organizational and administrative assistance including:

  • Serving as front office support
  • Answering the phone, greeting/assisting visitors, posting to social media, responding to emails
  • Creating posters/advertising for events and programs
  • Assist in the creation of audio recording of texts or conversion of text to alternative formats
  • Other duties as assigned

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow students to experience working in a professional office setting and improve their customer service skills. Student will also improve their communication and collaboration skills. 

  • Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Skilled in: Organization, interpersonal communication & time management, customer service, leadership, computer competency, confidentiality
    To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Brittany Henderson at bhenderson@cornish.edu


Theater Tutor (x1 State)

30 hours starting at $15/hr

Assists students individually or in small groups with technique or text materials

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow the individual to gain experience working in an educational capacity with college-level students,  deepening of the individual's own knowledge and command of the materials and/or technique. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced skills in subject matter to be taught

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Claire Biringer at cbiringer@cornish.edu


Visual Arts Lab Assistant (x2 State)

204 & 198 hours starting at $15/hr

  • Maintains a safe and efficient studio/lab environment and provides customer service for individuals using the facility.
  • Duties may include classroom organization and equipment cleanup, troubleshooting/maintenance and inventory

Educational Benefits to be Derived by Students in this Job:

  • This position will allow students to gain a greater understanding of studio process and procedure. Student will also play a part in establishing a safe, creative, educational and efficient learning environment. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Skilled in: organizational and interpersonal communication, experience with production studio applications, knowledge in operating and troubleshooting lab equipment, basic

    computer skills and excellent customer service skills.

To apply please email a copy of your updated resume and a brief paragraph on why you are interested and qualified for the position to Alistair McMeekin at amcmeekin@cornish.edu