Civic Engagement Center
Markim Hall, Third Floor
651-696-6040
651-696-6030 (fax)

Academic-Year Hours
Monday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

What is the Off-Campus Student Employment Program?

Include your resume with your application. Applications will not be considered without a resume.

Off-Campus Student Employment (OCSE) is an opportunity for students to earn their financial aid awards (work-study) while working at a local nonprofit organization or elementary school. The program is designed to create institutional partnerships between Macalester and local community organizations.  Thus, the focus of the program is to encourage students to serve as a bridge between the local organization and Macalester, enabling both to build on the varied resources of the other.  Students in the program learn about community issues and develop new skills while providing a needed service.  In addition, they share their insights with each other at monthly training workshops.  Community organizations receive assistance from a college student approximately 8-10 hours per week

The program provides an opportunity to contribute to community change by dedicating a significant amount of time to a local project.  Typically one to three students work at the same community site.  All of the students in the program are required to attend a monthly training workshop on nonprofit issues, models of social change, and skill building techniques.  Workshops are held on the second Monday of each month from 5:00-7:00pm.   Workshops are mandatory and considered paid time.

Who is eligible?

  • Students who will be Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors and who have been granted a work-study award as part of their financial aid.
  • Students must make a commitment to being reliable and responsible at their site.
  • Students are required to attend monthly training workshops (see above) on campus.  Missing a meeting will be considered the same as missing work, and will be handled accordingly.
  • Students may have the option to participate in the program for more than one year if it is approved by their current community site and the Civic Engagement Center.
  • Preference will be given to students who can articulate how they will serve as a bridge between Macalester and the local organization where they will work.  The Civic Engagement Center can help students brainstorm ways to further develop a partnership between the two organizations
  • Students are required to submit a resume with their application.  Sample resumes  are available in the Career Development Center and on their website www.macalester.edu/cdc.

Where do students work?

Local nonprofit organizations and elementary schools apply to participate in the program.  The Civic Engagement Center selects sites where students can do significant and meaningful work that contributes to the organization.  Due to the long term partnership focus of the program, preference is given to organizations that have a history with Macalester and those which have an emphasis on institutional collaboration.  Sites must provide training, supervision, and evaluation of student workers.

Earning the financial aid award:

  • Awards cannot be split between off-campus and on-campus positions.  The entire award must be earned off-campus.
  • A student generally works 8-10 hours each week, depending on the amount of his or her financial aid award.
  • Macalester pays students monthly at the rate of $8.50 per hour (2012-2013 range).
  • The program does not operate during the summer.
  • Preference is given to students who can work the entire academic year.  However, one semester participants will be considered.
  • Students may earn up to, but not more than, their annual student employment award.
  • Participants are responsible for filling out their time card and submitting it electronically.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to the sites and are encouraged to think through the logistics of transportation before applying to the program.

How to apply:

Read through the summary of available OCSE positions. Each summary will be linked to a more complete job description.

Complete an online application. Include your resume with your application. Applications will not be considered without a resume.

Application deadline for the 2014/2015 academic year is 8:00 am, February 10, 2014.

If you are approved to participate in the program, you will be contacted by interested organizations to set up an interview.  

After the interview, organizations will contact you to let you know if they would like to hire you.

Please contact the Civic Engagement Center once you have accepted a position so that we may complete your hiring information within JobX.

Contact Ruth Janisch Lake at ocse@macalester.edu or call 651-696-6040.

2014/15 Application Deadline
8am Monday, February 10, 2014

Available Positions

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