Community Work-Study Program

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement values the partnerships and relationships with our community partners. In order for our students to enhance their collegiate experience, they are encouraged to go beyond the gates of TAMIU, network with the community, and give back. Since 2016, the Community Work Study Program (CWS) provides federal and state financial aid eligible students the opportunity to work part-time at non-profit organizations that serve the public interest. 

Goals of this program include:


  • Develop interest in public service through employment with TAMIU and be assigned to local non-profit, government, or community-based organizations.
  • Apply skills and theories gained through coursework to solve problems and explore issues outside the classroom. 
  • Enhance career competencies, such as critical thinking, work ethic, teamwork, communication, and leadership. 
  • Articulate how experiences will shape personal, academic, and professional pursuits.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Be eligible for  College Work-Study.
  • Submit a Work-Study Application.
  • Be a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Be willing to work with the organization during both the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Have a great work ethic, professional attitude, and willingness to learn.
CWS staff will review your job application and resume. After reviewing your resume, a CWS staff member will contact you to schedule an interview. If you are chosen as the selected candidate, you will receive a call from the Financial Aid office.
  • Workplace etiquette, professionalism, and appropriate attire is expected.
  • Agencies, generally understaffed, depend on your reliability and consistency with your regular work schedule.
  • You will be required to attend one professional development training (1 hour, paid) each semester of employment.

What is my commitment and how will I be paid?

You will work a maximum of 15 hours per week at $9.50 - $10.00 per hour. You will determine your weekly work schedule with your supervisor.

Current Signature Partners

  • Laredo Area Community Foundation
  • Laredo Chamber of Commerce
  • Laredo Crime Stoppers
  • United Way of Laredo
  • Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center
  • CASA Voz de Niños
  • Diocese of Laredo
  • Cultural Institute of Mexico in Laredo
  • NeighborWorks Laredo
  • Rio Grande International Study Center
  • Southwest Key Programs, Inc. Las Promesas de Laredo
  • Workforce Solutions of South Texas
  • Dusty's Food Pantry

Apply for Partnership TAMIU

Collaborating with TAMIU as a Signature Partner provides many incentives for your agency! Launched in Fall 2014, Partnership TAMIU is a nomination-based community engagement agreement designed to enhance existing relationships between TAMIU and external agencies by: helping community partners to meet its agency's mission and goals, promote the exchange of resources between the University and community agency, and exhibit a commitment to social responsibility by address issues of public concern. The selected Signature Partners sign a two-year Memorandum of Agreement with TAMIU for exclusive collaborative efforts.

For more information on Partnership TAMIU, please visit https://www.tamiu.edu/scce/cea.shtml.

If you have questions about the Community Work Study Program, please contact Priscilla Martinez at PriscillaA.Martinez@tamiu.edu or at 956.326.2286.

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Lucia Macias

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