Federal work-study is a program that offers students flexible part-time jobs (usually on-campus) to help pay for college costs. When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will be asked if you are interested in participating in work-study. Students often have questions about the work-study program, so we decided to ask our own StepUp to Higher Education work-study employees – Marcella and Max – about their experience.

Work-study jobs are offered for many different fields, including laboaratory sciences.


Do you have tips for interviewing for a work-study job?

Maxwell: Interviews can be scary, but the key to being successful is to always research the job so you can speak about it effectively. Also, be yourself during the interview. Identify your personal and technical skills and use them to answer your interview questions – this will help you be successful and hopefully land the job.

Marcella: Interviews are not nearly as stressful as you think. You just want to be prepared to answer why you would be a good candidate for the job you are applying. These types of questions should be easy for you to answer because you know yourself and your abilities. Also, dress appropriately for the job! Evaluate if a t-shirt and jeans are really the best thing to wear when interviewing for an office job. An interviewer is trying to get to know you and learn if your abilities are a good fit for the position available. Be yourself, dress well, and think about what your answers would be in advance so you aren’t caught off guard and struggle with your responses.

This interview is part 4 of our 4-part #WhyWorkStudy series. Visit stepuputah.com to read the whole series.


University of Utah student and StepUp federal work-study employee, Maxwell Ayeliya


University of Utah student and StepUp federal work-study employee, Marcella Sweet