Private-Sector Work-Study (PWS) Student Information

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The Private-Sector Work-Study (PWS) Program provides federal financial aid eligible students the opportunity to work part-time at area businesses to provide students the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience through relevant work experiences. These positions bridge the gap between the classroom and real-world knowledge and develop your career and academic interests. Private-sector employers are businesses that seek to generate profit by providing goods and services to paying customers.

PWS offers numerous benefits for students, you will:

  • enrich your academic knowledge
  • gain relevant career experience
  • acquire additional clarity on your career choice
  • understand the mission of a business that provides services or products to customers
  • make contacts with professionals who can help you later when seeking a job or an internship
  • build your resume to include work experience that is related to your field of study
  • improve your job prospects after graduation

PWS is available to work-study eligible students in all majors, although there may not always be positions available related to each major. Students are limited to applying only to positions that are aligned with or relevant to their field of study or major.

If you do not find a PWS position that aligns with or is related to your major, you can apply for a Community Work-Study (CWS) Program job.

Applying for a PWS position is a competitive process. Employers are looking for students with either some work experience or completed relevant course work, as well as students who are doing well academically, so GPA can be important.


How do I become ELIGIBLE for PWS?
  • Be eligible for Federal College Work-Study
  • Submit a Work-Study Application
  • the application for Spring 2022 opens January 4, 2022, and closes on March 4, 2022.
  • Remain enrolled in a minimum of six college hours, three hours at your home college, all of which must be required for your degree plan
  • Complete the Alamo Colleges District HR Hiring process (you will be emailed by the Alamo Colleges Human Resources Department); Failure to respond promptly to HR or submit incomplete requested information will delay your hiring process.
How do I see the PWS jobs available?
  1. Go to (ACES login required)
  2. Click on Work-Study and Internship Opportunities,
  3. Under Position Type select Private-Sector Work-Study
  4. Review the postings that end in PWS
How is PWS different from on–campus work-study?
  • Because employers are paying a portion of student wages, these positions tend to be highly competitive. Completion of relevant courses, work experience, and GPA are important considerations
  • Workplace etiquette, professionalism, and appropriate dress is expected
  • Employers depend on your reliability and consistency with your regular work schedule
What is the PWS Calendar?

PWS students may begin working on the first day of class through the last day of class each semester. PWS students may work through college breaks and holidays, if they chose, so long as the employer provides supervision, and remain work-study eligible.

What is my commitment and how will I be paid?

When you accept a PWS job, you are committing to remaining with the employer for a minimum of one semester. Your position can be extended if the employer invites you to remain with them for the next semester.

You will determine your weekly schedule with your supervisor on the first day of work. The employer is required to work around your class schedule.

You may work up to 19 hours per week, based on your funding available, at the pay rate (minimum of $15.33) the employer has indicated on the job posting.

You will be paid on the 1st and the 15th of each month.

What type of positions are available?

The following is a brief list of the over 100 positions available through the PWS program.

Accounting Asst
Administrative Asst
App Developer
Architecture Work-Study
Bookkeeping Asst
Cake Art Assistant
Catering Event Specialist
Civil Drafter Assistant


CNC Machinist
Design-Build Associate
Digital Media Marketer
Engineering Asst
Graphic/Visual Designer
HVAC Technician
Innovation Assistant
IT Support Asst, Mobile
Law Office Asst

Manufacturing Asst 
Marketing/Sales Asst
Math Instructor
Medical Asst
Ophthalmic Medical Tech
Personal Trainer
Tech Specialist
Vet Asst/Tech
Video Editing- Motion Graphics
Web and Social Media Specialist

To see the complete list of PWS positions, go to (via ACES).

Click on Work-Study and Internship Opportunities, under Position Type select Private-Sector Work-Study and review the postings that end in PWS.

Who are some of the employers offering jobs?

Below is a list of some of the SA employers eager to hire Alamo Colleges work-study students.

4 Paws Animal Hospital
Advanced Concepts in Plastic Surgery
aMAEzing Marketing Group
Armstrong, Vaughan & Associates
Ascend Nonprofit and Business Solutions
Brightway Insurance
Brit Incorporated
Business Lending Advocate Inc
Campanas Homecare
Cibolo Canyons Veterinary Hospital
Community Cultures Yeast Lab
Condra Artista Model and Talent Agency
Davidson Camp Ins

Delgado Law Firm
DNA Reference Lab
Double First Medical
Durahip LLC
Family Eye Care
from His garden
In the Weeds
Jenkins Air Conditioning
Kosmic Vegan Marketplace
M.A.R. Ins Group
Modern in San Antonio
Parra & Co

REEP Management
Ryese Hayashi Automotive
Reynoso Agency
Ridout Barrett & Co.
RVK Architects, Inc.
Sunshine House Coffee
Tejas Premier Building Contractor
TPA of Texas Investments
WGI, Inc.
Wire-Tech Manufacturing Corp
Zaniyah Wine
ZAVIYA Solutions Group


To see the complete list of PWS employers, go to (via ACES).

Click on Work-Study and Internship Opportunities, under Position Type select Private-Sector Work-Study and review the postings that end in PWS.

How do I APPLY?

Step 1. Submit Application

Step 2. Select Jobs

  • See the PWS jobs on the job board  (goes through ACES)
  • On the left, click on Work-Study Opportunities, then Employment Opportunities
  • Select Position Type: Private-Sector Work-Study, click Search
  • On the right margin, select Sort By option
  • Click Search
  • Navigate to the bottom of the page to load all CWS Positions
  • Select up to 3 PWS jobs

Step 3. Format your Resume

  • Create your resume, in this required format: CWS.PWS Resume EG
  • Write a cover letter for each selected job, in this required format: PWS Cover Letter
  • Email your resume and cover letter(s) (as a WORD attachment) and up to
  • Edit your resume and cover letter(s) as directed

Step 4. Complete the Human Resources process

  • Sign Documents
    • HR documents (Adobe Sign)
    • Background Check (email from HIRE Right)
    • ID verification (I9 Tracker)
  • Submit IDs/Bank information
    • Two current IDs (License or State ID or Alamo Student ID & Social Security Card or Official Birth Certificate or US Passport)
    • Direct deposit (A voided check, or direct deposit information from the bank)

Step 5. Interview; Start Job

  • Accept job when offered a position
  • Read the Off-Campus Work-Study Student Handbook
  • Start job

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