The CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs (COVA) has expanded its involvement in the Department of Veteran Affairs – Student Veteran Work Study Allowance Program.  The program allows student-veterans and dependents who are receiving education benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs to work in a veteran related office at CUNY.  Participation in the VA work-study program provides the student with valuable work experience and additional financial support for their tuition.  Students may participate in the VA work-study program if they are enrolled full-time or ¾ time in a college degree, vocational, or professional program.

Program Highlights

  • Participants earn an hourly wage equal to the federal minimum wage or the state minimum wage, whichever is greater, in addition to their education benefits.
  • Students preform duties in support of veteran affairs initiatives while gaining significant hands on workforce preparation and professional development.
  • Intern responsibilities (which vary depending on work-site location) range from administrative, mentorship, admissions assistance, research & statistics assistance, social media/outreach apprentice, special event support as well as tutoring and academic counseling, as well as significant work experience that can help foster post-graduation employment.

Fast Facts

  • CUNY has 16 approved work-study sites across the university including Central Office.
  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, over 50 student veterans participated in VA work-study.

Impact

The expansion of the VA internship/work study program is an effort to promote student retention and informal experiential learning.