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: 10/11)

Youth Tutor at Catholic Community Services (x2 Federal)

15 hours each starting at $14/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 (State)

290 hours starting at $14/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

Music Department Design Intern (x1 State)

68 hours starting at $14/hr
  • Design posters, flyers, web content, print pieces, programs, etc for Cornish productions.

  • Work in cooperation with Designers, Department Coordinators and/or the Communications Office to create pieces that accurately represent the production's purpose in a manner that positively reflects on the College.

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

    • This position will allow the student to design in a real-world environment and develop skills such as client communications and the production of usable print products.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • Must be familiar with MS Publisher and Office suite; preference given to Design majors.

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


Playhouse Front of House Manager (State)

200 hours starting at $14/hr

  • Help the House Manager ensure the safety and comfort of patrons

  • Maintain a well functioning, professional, and customer service oriented Front of House experience for Cornish Playhouse productions, events, and rentals

  • Assist with communication between Rental Clients, Stage Management, Ticket Office, and Volunteer Ushers on the day of the event.

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

    • Students will gain first-hand experience in House Management and Crowd Management

Shift lengths are typically 5 hours, weekend nights and days, and we will have shifts available beginning September 22nd. 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 Jason Sharp at jsharp@cornish.edu


Human Resources Office Assistant (Federal)

204 hours starting at $14/hr

  • Data entry, posting notices, providing copy support when needed (Scanning and filing documents)

  • Assisting with bulk mailings - Other duties as assigned

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

    • The student in this position will gain interpersonal skills by working with a variety of students, staff and faculty.

    • They will also have an opportunity to learn organizational skills that may be applied throughout their educational and professional careers.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • Experience with computers

    • Good organizational and interpersonal skills

    • Able to maintain confidentiality and work independently

    • Knowledge of basic alphabetical file systems

    • Attention to detail

    • Professional demeanor and sense of humor


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 Audra Vasquez avasquez@cornish.edu


Theater Lead House Manager (x4 Federal)

24 hours each starting at $14/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

Student Life Desk Assistant (State)

136 hours each starting at $14/hr

  • Provide courteous reception and service to hall residents and guests  

  • Collaborate with on-site staff and Resident Assistants to create a healthy and vibrant living/learning environment and positive campus experience  

  • Accurately record equipment check-in/out

  • Assist with mail and message processing and distribution

  • Process petty cash transactions (sale of stamps, key card replacements, etc) as needed

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

    • Gain a greater understanding of the effects of a positive and professional atmosphere in an educational setting

    • Improve communication and collaboration skills with a variety of students/staff

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


Poncho Assistant (x1 Federal / x1 State)

Fed - 57.8 hours starting at $14/hr

State - 140.8 hours each starting at $14/hr


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

  • Maintenance and repair of theatre space and equipment.

  • Assist 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:

    • To be 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


Advancement Campus Outreach Coordinator (x2 Federal)

18.75 hours starting at $15/hr

  • Provides organizational and administrative support including:

    • Helping to organize and manage student outreach for Cornish Giving Week Managing promotion for the event - posting and removing flyers around campus

    • Soliciting, tracking, and managing student volunteers Creating social media plan geared toward students Organizing, scheduling, and staffing 2 campus outreach locations at Kerry Hall and MCC Working shifts at outreach locations

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

    • This position will allow students to learn skills in management, organization, and outreach for the event that will be beneficial to their personal and professional advancement.

  • Minimum Qualifications: Skilled in:

    • 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 Iris Calpo at icalpo@cornish.edu

Advancement Exhibition Receptionist (x2 Federal)

20hrs each - Adjust to pay $15/hr

  • Provides organizational and administrative support including:

    • Greeting visitors & answering questions about the exhibit/art/artists

    • Assisting with publicity & communications

    • Maintaining the presentation of artwork during the exhibit & reporting any damages

  • 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 museum-quality work.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • Skilled in: 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 Iris Calpo at icalpo@cornish.edu

Box Office Assistant Supervisor (State)

153 hours each starting at $14/hr

  • Oversee and be responsible for greeting patrons and selling tickets, in addition, to accurately receiving, tendering and reporting all ticket transactions for ticketed Cornish events.

  • Additionally, the role will include access to/responsibility for keys and the Petty Cash box and set up the iPad(s) & equipment necessary for the Box Office shift in absence of the Box Office Supervisor.

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

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

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • Proven track record of assuming additional responsibilities in a similar, security conscious role.

    • Proven experience serving customers and handling cash in a fast-paced environment

    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate and problem-solve.

    • Strong organizational skills and proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities


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 Brenda Larson at blarson@cornish.edu

Box Office Representative (x2 Federal)

51 hours each starting at $14/hr

  • The Box Office Representative is primarily responsible for greeting patrons and selling tickets, in addition, to accurately receiving, tendering and reporting all ticket transactions for ticketed Cornish events.

  • Staffing the Box Office at performance venues both on-campus and off-campus and selling tickets for various ticketed Cornish events.

  • Greeting and providing exceptional customer service for all Cornish patrons, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public.

  • Accurately receiving, tendering and reporting all ticket transactions. Liaising with Front-Of-House Management to ensure ADA compliance regarding ADA seating and access.

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

    • Students will learn customer service skills in addition to learning the intricacies of box office operations and all aspects of ticketing for ticketed performance events including administering general admission ticket sales as well as administering complimentary ticket reservations. Furthermore, students will develop business acumen in relation to providing exceptional customer service to both internal and external patrons, selling tickets and accounting for and reporting on total ticket sales.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • Basic Cash Handling & Math Skills (.e. addition/subtraction)

    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

    • Proven experience serving customers and handling cash in a fast-paced environment.

    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate and problem-solve.

    • Strong organizational skills and proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.


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 Brenda Larson at blarson@cornish.edu

Hedgebrook Development and Outreach Assistant (Federal)

135 hours each starting at $14/hr

  • Provides organizational and administrative support including:

    • Support a new website and social media initiative

    • Researching and writing social media posts

    • Helping to build a sizable collection of notable quotes from Hedgebrook authors

    • Proofreading and editing email communications

    • Organizing and labeling digital files such as photos and photo releases

    • Designing graphic images

    • Helping to resolve bounced emails and other maintenance tasks

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

    • This position will allow students to have to opportunity to be a contributing member of the Development and Outreach team whose scope of work is to implement fundraising initiatives and external communications and marketing programs to engage alumnae communities and inspire strong partnerships

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • A motivated student who demonstrates an interest in the Hedgebrook mission, has experience in the literary arts, graphic design, and/or social justice endeavors.

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 Gabrielle James at gabriellej@hedgebrook.org