Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


Work-study provides work and learning opportunities

Work-study jobs help our students pay their living expenses and can provide valuable professional experience.


The Institute has two work-study programs, Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Institute Work-Study. All students are eligible to apply to on-campus Institute Work-Study positions, while students with the FWS award may apply to on- and off-campus work-study positions.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program allows students who have been awarded FWS to work part-time, as a paid position, either on- or off-campus. Federal work-study earnings are partially funded by federal monies which are intended to help pay for educational expenses such as housing and transportation while in school.

Institute Work-Study

If you are not eligible for federal financial aid or did not receive the FWS award, you may work on campus through Institute Work-Study. As an international student, you may be eligible to work on campus under Institute Work-Study, if you have either an F-1 or a J-1 Visa. No FAFSA is required for participation in the Institute Work-Study program.

Applying for a Work-Study Job

Beginning this Fall, all currently available on-campus job postings are managed by the Center for Academic Advising and Career Services (CACS), and can be found on the Zocalo website.  The Off-Campus Federal Work-Study job postings are still available on our website under "Off Campus Job Postings".

Jobs on campus are within administrative and academic departments offering convenient hours and locations. Please remember that if you are looking for an off-campus job position, you must have the Federal Work-Study (FWS) award to be eligible for the position.

Once you receive a job offer, you will need to report to the Human Resources office to complete the work-study packet.  When this paperwork is complete, you will receive your blue authorization card and instructions on how to submit your timesheet.

Work-Study Pay

For Federal Work-Study students, the maximum amount you may earn is determined by the total amount listed on your student financial aid award letter with an annual academic year limit of $2,500. For Institute Work-Study, earnings are decided by the hiring supervisor and the amount earned depends on the number of hours a student works and the hourly pay rate. The minimum hourly rate is $10.50.

Student employment positions are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Work-Study students will receive an ID number and password to log into BannerWeb to record the number of hours worked. Students may pick up their paychecks at the Cashier's Office on payday or request direct deposit with Human Resources.

Work-Study Hours

Students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students may have more than one job, but the total hours for both jobs must not exceed this 20 hours per week limit. During winter (Dec. 18 - 22) and spring break, students may work up to 37.5 hours a week. If not enrolled for courses in J-Term, students may also work up to 37.5 hours per week during that term. If you are a new student, you may not begin working until after your first day of class.