What is Work-Study?

Work-Study is federal student aid that is based on need and awarded as part of the total financial aid package.  Most students positions on campus require work-study funding for eligibility.

  • Students must complete the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) to see if they qualify for work-study. If they do qualify, it will be listed on their PRISM Student Center page under financial aid. Students must accept work-study on their PRISM account before they inquire about jobs.  Contact the campus Solution Center with questions.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits during the semester that they want to work. If their enrollment falls below 6 credits, the student is immediately terminated from their student job(s).
  • A student must be enrolled in classes in order to work. If a student withdraws from school, the student is terminated from their student job(s) on the last day of enrollment.
  • A student must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP). In other words, a work-study student needs to keep moving toward degree completion by earning passing grades and completing at least 2/3 of their classes. If a student has a SAP hold (financial aid suspension) placed on their record, the student may not work until the hold is removed. Contact the campus Solution Center with questions about reinstatement.

Work-Study Positions for 2018-2019

Library/Circulation Desk Worker 

Position Summary

The circulation desk worker is the face of the Gary Lenox Library, as s/he is the person patrons interact with most often. A circulation desk worker is responsible for manning the desk, shelving books, answering non-reference questions about the library, such as “Where can I find___?” and “What are the library hours today?” and keeping the library’s books and media in order. Circulation desk workers are also responsible for helping patrons in need of assistance, such as those who cannot find a book or who are having trouble with computer/printers. A circulation should be prompt and energetic, accommodating to those in need, and be able to complete tasks in an orderly fashion. Knowledge of the Library of Congress System of Classification in not required to obtain the position; however, it is imperative that this skill is learned on the job.


For more information about the Circulation Desk position, contact Julie Orvis (608-758-6565 ext. 420) at the library.

Solution Center Office Assistant

Position Summary

This is a part-time student worker position in the Solution Center reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The primary responsibilities include student ambassador, peer leader, placement test proctoring and general office functions. This person will work closely with the office staff and students. This person will have a basic understanding of (and training regarding) admissions, advising, financial aid, veterans, accessibility and enrollment services as well as a basic understanding of the software programs utilized by the above areas listed. Typical hours for this position will vary weekly between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (and are workable around your class schedule). (Please note that each student worker will not be required to do all of these jobs).

Position attributes include organizational and communication skills, accuracy, ability to work independently under general supervision, work with confidential information with great discretion and in compliance with regulations.


Must be a currently enrolled student in good standing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse students, staff and the community. Demonstrate detail oriented, organizational, problem solving, decision making, and follow through skills. Excellent oral, written, and listening communication skills.


Ashley Mallu                                Pat Ellis
Information Specialist                    Information Specialist
608-758-6565 x205                        608.758.6565 x260             

UW-Rock County Peer Mentor 

Position Summary

The peer mentor is a student who provides leadership to underclassmen at UW-Rock County. Mentors assist in achieving the goals of the program which are: to help build a wider support network for new college freshmen, to support new students as they navigate their first semester on campus, and to help freshmen utilize the many resources available on at UW-Rock County. The Peer Mentor Program is a year-long commitment for the academic school year. Each mentor will serve as a role model and will help between 1-5 new students in making the transition to college life.


For consideration, candidates must possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Must have upperclassman status
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Self-motivation
  • Be an effective and efficient communicator


Peer Mentors at UW-Rock County will have the following responsibilities:

  • Meet for 60 minutes, once per week, with the program coordinator (Erin Ellison) and fellow mentors.
  • Meet for 15 minutes, once per week, with each of your assigned freshmen students.
  • Help students become familiar with university resources; advise and refer residents to appropriate university resources, as the need arises

Application Process

Please contact the program coordinator, Erin Ellison, for an official application. Submit two reference letters with the application. Following review of all applications, interviews will be scheduled.


Questions about the peer mentor position or the application process should be directed to:

Erin Ellison
Peer Mentor Program Coordinator 
608.758.6565 x 769

Student Ambassadors

Position Summary

Ambassadors are students who will best represent our university to prospective students, visitors, and VIPs. This person must have excellent time management, attention to detail, and enthusiasm. Ambassadors may give tours during the day, be on student panels for Campus Previews, participate in media activities, serve as ushers for performances, and help out with campus events. (Please note that each student worker will not be required to do all of these jobs).


Must be a currently enrolled student who was registered for 9 or more credits 1 semester prior to application and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Demonstrate positive attitude about UW-Rock County, relate well to all ages, think on your feet, and be comfortable with public speaking. Must be dependable, reliable, prompt, and flexible with schedule.


Janine Peterson
Student Life & Events Coordinator
608-758-6565 x 250

Campus Administration Office Assistant

Position Summary

Assist campus administration office with mail, phone calls, miscellaneous projects, light clerical work, and assign key fobs.


Campus Administrative Specialist
608.758.6565 x 310


Position Summary

UW-Rock County's Rattler mascot represents the University of Wisconsin-Rock County as an ambassador and entertainer at campus and off-campus (community) events.


Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 credits) with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Must be enthusiastic, spontaneous, creative, and physically capable of performing required activities. Mascots must also demonstrate responsibility, self-discipline, and positively interact with children.


Janine Peterson
 Student Life & Events Coordinator
 608-758-6565 x250

Community Work Study Opportunities

Stateline Boys and Girls Club

Assist with after school programming

Janesville Boys and Girls Club

Assist with after school programming

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Become a lunch buddy with elementary school students

Healthnet of Janesville

Assist with clerical work for the Healthnet clinic in Janesville


Information Specialist
608.758.6565 x 260