Work-Study Program Overview

VanderCook offers a wide range of candidate apprenticeships and job opportunities. Positions become available at different times during the year and may be open to most students. 

The Work-Study Program objective is to:

Provide need-based financial assistance for students to help with the educational costs of college.
Provide students with valuable job skills and experience benefiting the growth of their career goals.

Work-Study Positions

Work Study Positions are subject to change from semester to semester, however positions are concentrated in the following areas:


Library student staff assist in general office duties, checking library materials in and out, shelving read and shift books, basic data entry, performing music catalog searches, and helping with archive projects.

Ensembles Office 

Ensembles staff members assist in music library management; music and instrument distribution and inventory; and logistical operations for concerts, festivals, and outreach events.


AV staff provide technical assistance and manage audio and video recording of concerts, lectures, and special events.

Continuing Education

Continuing Ed staff members assist in the operational needs of the continuing education program.  Candidates must be available on weekends and have means of travel for early morning arrivals.

General Office Assistant

The general office assistant aids in clerical duties and helps to manage mailings through positions in the offices of Admissions, Development, Business, Professional Education, Registrar, Front Office, and College President. (Offices may be combined for a shared position.)

Building Lock-Up

Under the supervision of the evening receptionist, the building lock-up crew secures the building, vacuums and washes white boards. 


Through a series of partnerships, VanderCook provides community outreach services to neighboring schools and establishments.  Students assist with drum circles or guitar instruction.
Applications for these and other positions will be available and interviews will take place the first week of each semester.

Other Employment Opportunities

VanderCook College of Music offers music lessons to students of all ages and levels through the Community Music Program.  Students may participate in this program by providing private or group instructions to students in their primary area of study. CMP operates independently from the Work-Study Program and runs year long.

Summer Employment

Undergraduate students serve as the summer student staff for the 6-week Graduate Program and 8-week MECA program. Summer candidate job lists are published and distributed in April. Summer employment does not operate under the Work-Study Program.  Students are selected by merit and experience and not necessarily by financial need. Graduate students and non-undergraduate students are not eligible for summer employment.

Work Study Payment Process

All work study students are paid by the hour. 

Hourly Pay Mode

The hourly wage for work-study position starts at $10.25 per hour. Paperwork required for any hourly pay position will include:
I-9 and any photocopies of the documents used for the I-9 verification
Direct Deposit (optional)
Drug Free Workplace Agreement
Confidentiality Statement
These documents must be completed and submitted to the business office prior to a student's first day of work.

Federal Work Study

Students eligible through financial aid for the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) will be identified at the beginning of each semester.  To be eligible for FWS a student must have completed a FASFA form and have unmet need after all other financial aid need based awards have been taken into account.  Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for funding.  The FWS amount may not exceed the student’s cost of attendance. Students must meet satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for any federal funds. Once enrolled in the FWS Program, students will complete paperwork accordingly and are paid as hourly employees.

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