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Career Services For Faculty and Staff

The Career Services Office wants to help Bloomberg School faculty and staff in areas like hiring a work study student or writing a powerful student recommendation.

If you have additional questions, you can contact the Career Services Office directly. If you are interested in working at the Bloomberg School as a faculty or staff member, be sure to review our current job openings.

How to Hire a Work Study Student

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides part-time employment for eligible students who need financial assistance. The program receives federal funds (75 percent) plus funds provided by the employer (25 percent). Most FWS employees work between 15 and 19 hours per week with salaries generally ranging from $15 to $20 per hour. Students are only eligible for FWS employment during their enrollment and must meet the criteria for need-based Title IV Federal Financial Assistance.

To establish an FWS position, you must fill out a Federal Work Study Position Posting form, which is available from the Financial Aid Office. Employers must fill out new forms each year. Signatures and SAP Cost Center numbers (which will be charged the 25 percent portion of the salary expense) must be included on posting forms. Send completed forms to the Financial Aid Office.

FWS positions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. If the position is approved, the Financial Aid Office will send a notification and additional instructions to the supervisor, and the position will be publicized as an FWS opportunity.

Interested students will then contact supervisors for interviews. A student who is eligible for FWS will present the supervisor with an FWS Authorization and Appointment Form. The supervisor then fills out Section 2 of the FWS Appointment and Authorization Form to hire the student.

How to Provide a Recommendation for a Student

If you need help writing recommendations for Bloomberg School students for graduate school, professional school or employment, you can contact the Career Services Office directly.

You can also review the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Guidelines for Reference Providers below, which include some useful tips.

Tips for Written References:

  • Provide a written reference only if a student has given your name as a reference.
  • If a “to whom it may concern” reference letter is requested, document that this is the type of reference requested and that the student or job applicant takes responsibility for disseminating the letter to the proper persons.
  • When you prepare reference letters, be factual; do not editorialize. Avoid vague statements. Respond to the specific inquiry about the student or job applicant.  Direct the response to the particular person who requested the information.  Relate references to the specific position for which the person applied and the work that the applicant will perform.
  • A good practice is to avoid giving personal opinions or feelings. However, if you make subjective statements or give opinions because they are requested, clearly identify them as opinions and not as fact.
  • If you give an opinion, explain the incident or circumstances upon which you base the opinion.
  • Be able to document all information you release.
  • If you prefer to write a confidential reference letter, state in the letter: “This information is confidential, should be treated as such, and is provided at the request of [name of student or applicant], who has asked me to serve as a reference.” Statements such as this give justification for the communication and leave no doubt that the information was not given to hurt a person's reputation.
  • Do not include information that might indicate the individuals race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, (unless by the individuals name it is obvious) or marital status.

Tips for Verbal References:

  • Do not disclose information regarding a student's education record without the written consent of the student.
  • Informal lunch discussions or off the record telephone conversations with prospective employers regarding a student’s performance should be avoided unless the student is aware of the discussions and has given approval for such conversation.
  • Information given should be factual, based upon personal knowledge/observation of the student through direct contact with the student.
  • If any employer contacts you and advises you that a student has given permission for you to give a verbal reference, verification of this permission should be obtained from the student before giving any information to the employer. Such verification can include a copy of the students signed employment application listing the faculty as a reference, or a verbal confirmation by the student, followed by written confirmation.
  • When giving verbal references, the guidelines regarding written references also should be followed.