What is Student Employment?
Student Employment at Pratt is a program that allows students on-campus employment opportunities while engaging in their studies. Student Employment consists of Federal Work Study (FWS), Student Help (SH), and Graduate Assistantship (GA). FWS also includes the America Reads program. Federal Work Study is funded by the federal government for students with financial need. Pratt finances Student Help and Graduate Assistantship positions. At Pratt, student employment is a partnership between the following offices: Budget, Financial Aid, the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD), Human Resources, Payroll, the Bursar, and the supervisors in each department or office who oversee student employees.
A student wishing to be employed during their time at Pratt should contact CCPD. CCPD is a resource for job-seeking students. It maintains an online jobs database, PrattJobs, accessible to all enrolled Pratt graduate and undergraduate students. All students have access and can search and apply for jobs, subscribe to JobMail, and post a resume through the site. Once a student is chosen by the supervisor for employment, The Office of Human Resources assists students with completing all employment forms. Timesheets are managed online by students and supervisors, with support from the Payroll office. Please do not hesitate to email any questions to Student Employment, at email@example.com.
A Student Employment position is defined as temporary, part-time employment. Students are not eligible for fringe benefits, overtime, holiday, or compensatory pay. Students must meet eligibility requirements and this employment is intended to give students with financial need an opportunity to earn money to help pay for their educational expenses. It also encourages students to gain valuable career-related experience as well as promotes community-service employment opportunities.
Student Employment is an option to work, not a requirement. If a student chooses not to work, no additional action is necessary. Students who do not want to work under FWS may apply for additional loans, if they have not yet reached their maximum loan borrowing limit for a particular year.
Federal Work Study (FWS)
Federal Work Study is a program that is funded by the federal government, and is part of a student’s Financial Aid package. In order for a student to participate in the FWS Program you have to be eligible for Financial Aid and complete the FAFSA and enrolled for at least six (6) credits for the current semester.
Student Help (SH)
Student Help is a program that allows students employment opportunities while continuing their studies here at Pratt. Students do not need to be eligible for financial aid to participate in SH.
At Pratt Institute's Brooklyn Campus, work study and volunteer tutors participating in the America Reads/Counts Challenge are part of a long-standing institutional commitment to community service. Documented outcomes of the program illustrate significant improvement in the literacy and math skills of the children whom we are tutoring. Our students and neighborhood children are benefiting from this relationship. Pratt Institute is proud to be a part of the America Reads/Counts Challenge.
America Reads/Counts at Pratt is unique because we have over 30 public and private community tutoring sites for our tutors to work in including special needs sites such as hospitals, and nursing homes. Additional special needs partnerships include: St. Francis De Sales School for the Deaf, The Helen Keller School, and The Light House school for the visually impaired and the Manhattan school for Autistic children and Hale House. Most sites are in walking distance while others require a short bus or train ride to get there. All tutoring services provided by the Institute through the America Reads/Counts program are free of charge to the community. Students can work one hour per week, or twenty hours per week reading to children and helping them with their homework. Work-study students who speak a language other than English can share the gift of language or sign language with children. International students can volunteer one Saturday per month to share their gift of language with children and receive community service credits at the Pratt outside scholarship workshop. (See outside scholarship work-shop web page). The America Reads/Counts program has over 30 weekly tutoring sites and over 100 children who meet once per month at Pratt Institute to Read, Calculate, learn Sign Language, Foreign Languages, and Braille and perform Reader's Theatre. All tutoring is free of charge to the parents of accepted children. To assist with the Saturday program we have volunteers who read to the children and lend their expertise to the program in the form of motivational speeches, sign language training, Braille training, Author visits, Storytelling, Children's Bookmaking, Puppetry, Costume making, Photography, Vidiography, Animation, and professional training sessions run by teachers and professionals from various walks of life. All free of charge.
With this fantastic workforce of Pratt students and volunteers, the America Reads/Counts program at Pratt institute has become one of the leading colleges providing mathematics and literacy services to over 3000 children and their families each year. The program has grown to provide these services to 32 sites in Brooklyn and the metropolitan New York area including sites with special needs.
Family members and early caregivers like Pratt tutors must build a foundation for literacy by talking and reading daily to babies and toddlers. Long before a baby babbles or says a first word she is beginning to develop skills necessary to learn how to talk and read. In addition, caregivers and we must ensure that ALL children enter school ready to read. Learning to read and write is critical for success in school and throughout life. By starting early, we recognize learning to read begins long before a child enters school. Reading to a young child, even before a baby can hold a book, creates an appreciation for what books offer. Parents and caregivers will find that talking, singing, and reading will help their young children be ready for school.
FAQs about the program
How do I qualify?
Open to all students on campus, regardless of major.
- Must be available to work a minimum of five hours per week on site (preferably in the morning hours) during club hour (no classes).
- Must be Registered at Pratt institute and have work-study
- Must attend monthly Paid training meetings
- Must submit Bi-weekly Tutor Logs
How am I assigned to a school site?
The Program Coordinator, Peggy Feagin, meets with each prospective tutor to establish the most appropriate site to meet the need of the community, whether they are geographic or age-specific. A list of sites profiles are on file for students to review with Peggy. Though every effort is made to pair tutors with sites they are interested in. Availability of sites is limited due to the large number of applicants for positions. Final site placement is up to the Coordinator. Students who have a year or more service with the program will be given first preference.
How am I paid?
Tutors are paid bi-weekly on Fridays after 10:30 AM.
How do I enroll?
Contact Peggy Feagin at: 718-399-4489 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet with a Financial Aid Representative on campus (sixth floor, Myrtle Hall) to make sure that you are qualified to receive Federal Work Study funds.
Complete an application and schedule an appointment to meet with the Peggy Feagin. Bring your application to the meeting. If hired, you will be asked to complete additional paperwork.
Volunteers and Language volunteers are also welcome.