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Engagement Beyond the Classroom


Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
  • It’s available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need.
  • It’s available to full-time or part-time students.
  • It’s administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program. Check with your school's financial aid office to find out if your school participates.

The Federal Work-Study Program emphasizes employment in civic education and work related to your course of study whenever possible.

Everything You Need to Know About Work-Study

Next Steps Program

(Tucson | Education)

The Next Steps Program recruits, trains and deploys postsecondary students to provide access advising to high school students located in communities who want to increase their postsecondary-going rates. Advisors will support students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary pathways, helping them through the complex steps toward postsecondary enrollment, admission and the financial aid process.


  • Networking
  • Education Award
  • Biweekly Living Stipend
  • Training and Professional Experience

Arizona Serve & AmeriCorps

(Tucson, National | Community Service, Varies)

When every person contributes to a sustainable and just future, communities become vibrant and flourish. Our mission is to connect passionate people with transformative community projects to fight poverty.

Poverty affects us all; it threatens public health, limits children’s ability to learn in school, and prevents communities from achieving their full potential. Arizona Serve, a program of Prescott College, places AmeriCorps members with local organizations to increase their capacity to address poverty. Our AmeriCorps members develop the skills and experience to become the next generation of leaders working for a more just society. Our service-learning opportunities are catered for individuals who are wondering what to do after college, looking for volunteer options for retirement, and everything in between. Our openings boost your resume and spark community civic engagement to widen volunteer opportunities in Arizona.

Arizona Serve


Education Forward Arizona

(Arizona | Education)

Through our AdviseAZ AmeriCorps program, Education Forward Arizona places current college students or recent college graduates in high schools to act as near-peer advisers. They work alongside high school counselors and staff helping students navigate the complex college exploration process, take college admissions tests, apply to college, complete the FAFSA, and secure financial aid in order to pursue a postsecondary education.


(National | Education)

Matriculate trains undergraduate college students to guide high school juniors and seniors through their college application, enrollment, and transition process over the course of 18 months. Advising Fellows support high schoolers, join a campus and national network of peers, and gain leadership, organizational, and communications skills.

Matriculate is looking for undergraduates who are:

  • Committed to and passionate about Matriculate’s mission and values
  • Able to commit 5-6 hours a week during the school year
  • Comfortable conducting self-directed, independent work
  • Invested in supporting and building the Fellowship community
  • Sensitive, supportive allies to under-represented communities
  • Curious and eager to grow!

Teach For America

(National | Education)

Teach For America is a leadership development organization for those who want to co-create a more just world alongside young people in their communities. Today we are a network of nearly 70,000 leaders who started in the classroom and remain in lifelong pursuit of the vision that one day, all children will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

National Park Service

(National | Varies)

The National Park Service preserves the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. You can make a difference by bringing your unique experience, background, and perspective to our work.

We offer opportunities to work in more than 400 national parks and offices—from Maine to Guam, the Virgin Islands to Alaska, and anyplace in between. We partner with communities across the country to preserve their history and create places for outdoor fun.

There are many different ways you can become involved. Are you looking for a full-time, permanent job? We’ve got those. Or maybe you’d prefer to work in parks for a few months as a seasonal ranger? We’ve got some of those, too. (See USAJOBs for listings of both permanent and seasonal jobs.) Are you a student looking for a meaningful internship or someone with some extra time who’d like to volunteer? You can find internship and volunteer opportunities to suit your needs and interests. Come work with us—in an "office" like no other.

Peace Corps

(International | Community Service)

In more than 60 countries, Peace Corps Volunteers are putting their purpose, passion, and skills to work in partnership with welcoming host communities – growing, teaching, learning, and making change. Together.

As a Volunteer, you will live and work alongside community members on locally prioritized projects, receiving a living wage and other support as you immerse yourself in a new culture. You’ll build relationships, exchange knowledge, and help transform lives for generations. You will also receive transition funds to help you resettle upon your close of service.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

(International | Varies)

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program expands perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue. Fulbright creates connections in a complex and changing world. In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals from all backgrounds. Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, individuals will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.


As an undergraduate student, taking advantage of the unique access you have to professors leading cutting-edge research in their field of interest can set you apart from your peers and make you more competitive for post-graduation opportunities. The University of Arizona is a research-1 institution, meaning that all tenure-track faculty are required to conduct research. Many professors have funds available to pay undergraduate researchers to support their projects.

Access to these research opportunities is not centralized and requires that you actively seek available positions. Follow these easy steps to gain research experience before graduation.

  • Step 1:

    Find a professor or graduate student whose work interests you. This could someone you took a class from, attended a special lecture with, or you have encountered elsewhere.

  • Step 2:

    Reach out. All it takes is an email or stopping by during office hours to signal to a professor or graduate student that you are interested in taking advantage of research opportunities they may have available. Ask if they have any opportunities available to undergraduate students. Inquire as to whether these positions offer funding and what tasks they would entail.

  • Step 3:
    Follow up. Provide any additional information requested by the professor or graduate student and possibly participate in an interview.