Work Opportunities

JCCP Federal Work-Study Internships

Generally, to be eligible for a paid internship with the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships you must be a Federal Work-Study student and complete the following steps:

1) Apply for the position(s) you’re interested in on Handshake

2) Complete our JCCP Engagement Registration Form.

3) Contact the respective program coordinators about placement with their program.

4) Let JCCP know once you secure a position with a program.

There are a few positions where we will pay students whether or not they have Federal Work-Study, like Program Coordinator. Our positions on Handshake indicate eligibility requirements. 

All JCCP Student Groups are listed here.

JCCP Civic Engagement Intern:

  • The Jewett Center for Community Partnerships is looking to build a cohort of Civic Engagement Interns who will support our non-literacy based programs, provide our office with weekly reflections and feedback, attend required trainings and meetings, and assist the JCCP with weekly administrative duties. The Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) is the home of community engagement at Wesleyan University. Guided by the principles of mutual respect and collective responsibility, the JCCP focuses on developing and maintaining local partnerships with schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the community at large through the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism, the Center for Prison Education, and WESU 88.1FM. Students in this position would be furthering our mission, gathering data on our programs and initiatives, and assisting with our general operation. Students in the Civic Engagement Internship would be placed with one or more of our programs, which can be found here

Nonprofit Community Positions

To apply to work for the following Middletown Nonprofit Organizations you must be a federal work-study student and complete the following steps:

1) Apply for the position(s) you’re interested in on Handshake

2) Complete our JCCP Engagement Registration Form.

3) Set up a meeting with Diana Martinez (

4) If you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, our staff will refer you to the hiring agency.

5) Interview with hiring agency.

6) Agency will make the official hire.


Click jobs below for more information:

  • Oddfellows Playhouse-Assistant

    After-School Teaching Assistants: Assist in after-school arts programs with kids ages 6 - 14; coordinate Oddbridge activities with Middletown Public School kids, including preparing & serving snacks, helping with homework; lead games and other activities; assist professional teaching artists in classes in theater, dance, circus and visual arts; establish strong relationships with elementary & middle school youth.
    Hours: Weekdays, 3:30 - 6 pm and Saturdays, 8:45 am  - 1:30 pm
    Number needed: 5-8. Need 2-3 W/S students each weekday & 1 on Saturdays.

    Administrative Assistants: Assist in the office of a busy non-profit youth theater. Tasks will depend on skills - some creative, some more mundane. Book keeping, data entry, organizing, program evaluation, mailings, odd jobs as needed.
    Hours: Weekdays, 11 am - 4 pm
    Number needed: 1-2

    Graphic Designer/Website Manager: Design flyers, posters, mailings, etc as needed. Create signage around building. Keep website up to date and looking good; upgrade and improve website as agreed upon.
    Hours: 6 - 8 hours per week. As scheduled with staff.
    Number needed: 1

    Technical Theater Assistant/Shop Manager: Work with our technical director to organize and maintain theater, shop, prop and costume storage. Provide technical support for classes and productions. Maintain tools and equipment. Could use one person with more technical focus (carpentry, lighting, etc) and one focusing more on costumes and props.
    Hours: 6 - 8 hours per week, as scheduled with staff.
    Number needed: 1-2

    Assistant to Program Manager/Publicity & Social Media Intern: Work with Program Manager to market events through press, websites and social media. Assist Program Director with other tasks as needed.
    Hours: 5-6 hours per week, as scheduled with Program Director
    Number needed: 1

    Assistant to the Executive Artistic Director: Work on special projects, fundraising, program development, event preparation and other tasks needed to assist Executive Artistic Director.
    Hours: 3 - 6 hours per week as scheduled with EAD.
    Number needed: 1

    Neighborhood Troupes Assistants: Work as  part of a team to plan and carry out weekly theater and dance troupes at Traverse Square and Maplewood Terrace.
    Hours: 4 - 6 hours per week, late afternoons/evenings
    Number needed: 4

    Costume Shop Manager: Manage and upkeep Oddfellows’ collection of costumes and props, including keeping the collections organized, managing loans and returns, and working with Costumers and Directors to help navigate the collections.
    Hours: 3 - 5 hours per week
    Number needed: 1

    Assistant to the Managing Director: Work with the Playhouse’s Managing Director on various elements of office management, including basic bookkeeping, maintenance of records, accounts receivable and payable, filing, financial aid requests, fundraising etc. A great opportunity for someone looking to get involved in non-profit arts management.
    Hours: 5 - 7 hours per week as scheduled with MD
    Number needed: 1

  • Middletown Family Learning (Even Start)--Classroom Workers

    Middletown Family Learning (Even Start) provides Adult Education, Early Childhood Education (ages six weeks to three years) and Parenting classes for low-income families in which one parent is in need of a high school diploma or instruction in English as a Second Language. The program is located at 398 Main Street.

    Classroom workers will assist teachers and paraprofessionals in all aspects of the Early Childhood Program: talking, reading, singing, and playing with children, activity set up and clean up. (No diaper changing). There are also some opportunities for interaction with parents. Interested students must be able to work well with others and have an interest in and enjoyment of children.

    Hours are flexible, the program needs assistance: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-12:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-2:30pm

  • The Buttonwood Tree--Outreach/Events Assistant

    The Buttonwood Tree is a nonprofit arts organization within walking distance to Wesleyan, next to It's Only Natural market. We were started by a Wesleyan alumna in 1989 as a grass-routes community Arts space and are still growing! We focus on supporting the creative endeavors of emerging and professional artists and those in our community in a myriad of ways. We work to uplift and unite people by maintaining an energetically positive space with eclectic performances. We offer a relaxed and fun atmosphere where you can personally learn and grow and meet many interesting people and we aim to increase our availability to Wesleyan students by offering an alternative performance space and work-study / internship positions.

    We are seeking 2 - 3 students who have good to above-average computer and interpersonal skills. Jobs would be in the creative writing, graphic design, marketing, data analysis, and nonprofit administration areas. Training is available. Daytime, evening, and weekend hours possible, you may work at The Buttonwood Tree (a really cool space downtown), remotely, or both, and we can work around your school schedule. Consider joining our team!

JCCP Office Staff and Van Drivers

These are paid positions for any student (work-study allotment or not).


To apply for an Office Staff position:

1) Apply for the position(s) you’re interested in on Handshake

2) Complete our JCCP Engagement Registration Form.

3) Contact Diana Martinez for information on available positions.


Click jobs below for more information:

  • Van Driver
    Student van drivers are responsible for transporting students to and from volunteer and service-learning opportunities.  The driver will need to:
    • Drive a seven or eight passenger vehicle to transport students

    • Obey all traffic laws

    • Maintain regular schedule at JCCP

    • Be at least 20 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license for at least 2 years

    • Pass driving test at Transportation Department, contact the Manager - Joe Martocci at 860-685-3788

    Hours per week: will vary depending on availability and schedule
    Hours needed: any time between 7am and 9pm, Monday - Friday; some weekend hours available
    Direct supervisor: Diana Martinez, JCCP Assistant Director

  • JCCP Program Coordinator
    Our Program Coordinators do the work of managing our Jewett Center for Community Partnerships Programs. They recruit volunteers, coordinate program details with community partners, manage the day-to-day operation of their programs, and report their progress to the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships. Being a coordinator is the highest level of student engagement within the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships. Coordinators are generally hired at the end of the spring semester for the following fall. The best way to be considered for a Coordinator position is to develop a history of working as a volunteer or paid staff with a group. When positions become available, we will post them on our website and/or on Handshake.

Approval for Positions

You will be officially approved to work through the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships once you have: 

You will only get paid for work completed AFTER all of the steps are complete.  


Note: All students interested in volunteering or working through our office must complete The JCCP Registration Process, including Non-Work Study students who get paid as Van Drivers.




Once you have gone through the approval process and start working, you can record your time as you work using Workforce Time System which can be found in your WesPortal. 

Workforce requires you to punch in and punch out during work shifts. If you work for multiple programs, be sure to select the correct program before you punch in or out.

Time sheets are processed weekly at the end of the respective work week.  All time reported will be verified and approved by your on-site supervisor.  The goal of punching in and out is to record work in real time and help avoid late timesheets. 
If you submit your hours or corrections late once, you will receive a warning. If you submit hours or corrections late two or more times, you will be terminated from your position.  Depending on the supervisor, you may be able to continue on a voluntary basis, but you will no longer be compensated by the JCCP.


Individual Work Study Limits

Federal work-study students are granted a certain allocation each semester. JCCP will pay you up until you utilize your allotment. We will try to inform you if you are coming close to your reaching your allocation but ultimately it is your responsibility to track your earnings.

If you have questions about submitting timesheets please watch the Workforce tutorials in your WesPortal. If you have program-specific questions, please start by going to the program coordinator. If you have questions or concerns that remain unanswered, you are encouraged to set up an appointment with Diana Martinez, .