Many UNC students work part-time jobs while taking classes. Although the effects of COVID-19 on on-campus and off-campus jobs is not clear yet, work-study will still be available.
“We're going to try our best to get every student a part-time job who wants one or at least some type of part-time experience while they're at Carolina,” Casey Lowe, job location and development coordinator at University Career Services, said.
Lowe said she is currently in the process of surveying campus employers to gauge what part-time employment opportunities will be available. She said she knows Carolina Dining Services will have jobs for students, but is unsure about the positions in libraries, Carolina Performing Arts and Makerspaces that are generally available.
As businesses reopen off campus, Lowe said she expects grocery stores, restaurants and gyms to be big employers for students this fall but thinks places likely won’t expand their staff quickly.
Since in-person jobs may be more limited this fall, Lowe said she is expecting to see remote work opportunities increase.
The University’s work-study programs are a major employer for UNC students. Federal Work-Study is a financial aid program that provides part-time employment to students with demonstrated financial need. The University also offers Carolina Works, an institutional work-study program to employ those who do not qualify for the federal program but still have financial need.
Rachelle Feldman, associate provost and director of UNC’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, said in an email that each year between 2,000 and 2,500 students choose to participate in the work-study program. Feldman said that it is estimated that around 1,200 incoming students will be offered to participate in the program this year.
Feldman said while she does not yet know the effect of COVID-19 on the fall term and work-study jobs, she said her office is preparing the work-study program for many possibilities.