Work Opportunities

JCCP Federal Work Study Internships

All students interested in community engagement during the 2020-2021 school year must read the Allbritton Center Guidelines for Community Engagement.

Generally, to be eligible to 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 registration process through our JCCP Employment Registration Form on WesNest. This process includes a Mandated Reporter Video and some other steps you must complete. 

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 OCS Student Groups are listed here.

JCCP Literacy Intern:

  • The Jewett Center for Community Partnerships is looking to build a cohort of Literacy Interns who will support our 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 Literacy Internship would be placed with one or more of our literacy/tutoring programs, which can be found 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 non-literacy 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 registration process through our JCCP Employment Registration Form on WesNest. This process includes a Mandated Reporter Video and some other steps you must complete. 

3) Set up a meeting with Diana Martinez (dmmartinez@wesleyan.edu)

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:

  • 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!

  • Oddfellows Playhouse-Assistant

    This position offers an opportunity to support a local playhouse that focuses on children's programming. Support Oddfellows courses and teaching assistants, help with their administrative needs, or help them market their work to the community. 

    5-10 hours a week.

  • Middlesex Coalition for Children--Assistant

    The Middlesex Coalition for Children’s mission is to improve the lives of children growing up in Middletown and Middlesex County. The Coalition holds public meetings monthly on issues important to children. It convenes task forces to mobilize and coordinate community efforts to address specific children’s issues, and advocates for children at the local, state and national levels. 

    This student would work directly with Coalition staff on projects designed to further their goals for 5-10 hours a week. The student will also help with website, social media, and graphic design. We are specifically looking for someone with strong computer and administrative skills, design skills a plus. 

  • Free Center-Intern
    Learn about community organizing, arts and wellness-related work all while supporting the work of this community space. Interns serve in positions that focus on these needs: administration, marketing, graphic design, data collection, database building, programming and event support, and grant research. 

    These students would work directly with Free Center staff for 5-10 hours a week. 

OCS 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 registration process through our JCCP Employment Registration Form on WesNest. This process includes a Mandated Reporter Video and some other steps you must complete. 

3) Contact Diana Martinez for information on available positions.

 

Click jobs below for more information:

  • Van Driver
    Please note, we are not hiring student van drivers for the 2020-2021 school year.

    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 OCS

    • 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

  • OCS Program Coordinator
    Our Program Coordinators do the work of managing our Office of Community Service 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 Office of Community Service. 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 Office of Community Service once you have: 

  • Completed our registration process through our JCCP Employment Registration Form on WesNest.
  • Received an e-mail from our office stating you have been approved to work. 

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 OCS Registration Process, including Non-Work Study students who get paid as Van Drivers.

 

 

Payroll

Once you have gone through the approval process and start working, you can record your time as you work using Workforce Time System


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, however, you couldn't or forgot to record a shift, forgot to punch out, or made a mistake on your Workforce Time, you can fill out our JCCP Time Correction Form and we will correct your hours manually.
*Any corrections are due by Sunday at 5pm.*
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

Work-study students are granted a certain allocation each semester. OCS 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.

 

The Role of the Office of Community Service

OCS primarily serves as a resource to connect students interested in volunteering in a community service position with agencies or programs in need of assistance.


If you have questions about the employment process or submitting timesheets, please watch our Working with the JCCP Webinar. If you have program-specific questions, please start by going to the program supervisor. If you have questions or concerns that remain unanswered, you are encouraged to set up an appointment with the OCS director.