Community-Based Federal Work-Study Program

The Alamo Colleges District Community-Based Federal Work-Study (CBFWS) Program provides federal financial aid eligible students the opportunity to work part-time at non-profit, governmental, and educational organizations that serve the public interest. These positions help develop student career and academic interests and increase commitment to participating in positive social change.

CBFWS offers numerous benefits, you:

  • have the opportunity to gain relevant career experience
  • may acquire additional clarity on your career choice
  • will see the community’s needs and contribute to the welfare of others
  • can make contacts with professionals who can help you later when seeking a job or an internship


How do I become eligible for a CBFWS job?
Once I am eligible, how do I get a CBFWS job?
  • Go to Careerprep
  • Review the job postings
  • Select up to two positions
  • Send selected postings with zip codes (max. 2), names of agencies and resume, in this format  to

CBFWS staff will review your request and resume and will send your resume to the selected agencies. The agencies, after reviewing your resume, will contact you, schedule an interview, interview you, and select and hire the students they believe are a good match for the position and for their agency.

How is CBFWS different from on–campus work-study?

You may find that working in the community has additional demands that perhaps an on-campus position may not have, including

  • Reliable transportation is needed
  • Travel time to work has to be considered
  • Workplace etiquette, professionalism and appropriate dress is expected
  • Agencies, generally understaffed, depend on your reliability and consistent and regular work schedule
  • You will be required to sign a CBFWS Code of Conduct (Code of Contact LINK)
  • You will be required to attend Orientation (4 hours, paid) and End-of-Semester Debrief (2 hours, paid) at the end of each semester

What is my commitment and how will I be paid?
You will work a maximum of 19 hours per week at $9.00 per hour, like on-campus work-study students, and you determine your weekly schedule with your supervisor. The agencies know that they must take your class schedule and occasional peak study times into consideration. In general, you will want to keep a regular working schedule.

You will be paid for work hours for orientation, training sessions, and work team meetings. You will be paid on the 1st and 15th of each month.

What is the CBFWS Calendar?

You will work only during the academic semesters and may not work during scheduled class times or events, nor during college breaks and holidays. In the fall, you may choose to begin their employment as early as July, 1 and will work through the last day of the semester.

What type of positions are available through the CBFWS Program?

The following is a brief list of the over 100 positions available through the CBFWS program. On occasion, students with special interests or skill sets may have a position created for them by an agency.

Accounting Assistant
Afterschool Program Assistant
Animal Care Receptionist
Archival Assistant
Business Administration Intern
Chemical Dependency Prevention Intern
Child Development Teacher
Community Kitchen Intern
Data and Records Assistant
Disability and Mental Health Assistant

Environmental Science Technician
Farmers Market Assistant
Finance Assistant
Garden Worker
Graphic Designer
Health Clinic Assistant
Hospital Community Liaison
HR Specialist
IT Specialist
Library Assistant

Marketing Associate
Media Intern
Radio Production Intern
Real Estate Leasing Assistant
Social Service Worker
STEM Club Assistant
Theater Scenic Assistant
Theater Box Office Attendant
Wellness Center Assistant
Youth Group Facilitator

To to for a complete listing of jobs.

What community agencies provide these work-study opportunities?

Below is a list of some of the agencies that are eager to hire Alamo Colleges District work-study students.

American Indians of Texas
American Volkssport Association
Any Baby Can of SA
Catholic Charities Services
Children's Bereavement Center
Chromosome 18 Registry/ Research
City of SA Public Library
City of Universal City

Communities in Schools
Daughters Of Charity Services of SA
Down Syndrome Association Texas
Family Service Association, Inc.
Girls Inc. of SA
Good Samaritan Community Svs
Methodist Healthcare Ministries
Mexican American Unity Council
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Playhouse SA
SA Council on Alcoholism/Drug Abuse
SA FoodBank
SA Lighthouse for the Blind
SA Works
San Antonio CAN High School
University Health System

To to for a complete listing of agencies.


The documents below are for CBFWS partnering agencies and students being considered, or who have been hired, for a CBFWS position. Most of these documents and forms are found in the CBFWS Handbooks.



Interview Tips
Student Handbook
Code of Conduct
Resume Updating


Employer Handbook
Program Overview

Student and Partnering Agency Documents and Forms

Student Agreement Form
Timesheet Form
Pay Periods
Holiday and Semester Transition Periods
Continuing Employment

Contact Us

Office of Experiential Learning

Alamo University Center
8300 Pat Booker Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78233




Martha L. Trevino, Ph.D., Director

Katherine Driscoll, Academic Program Specialist

Ashley Brooks, District Financial Aid