Work Study

  • Students in the federal work study (FWS) program are not permitted to work in a FWS position during scheduled class time. Every student should submit a class schedule to his/her employer before a work schedule is developed.
  • FWS must not displace employees or impair existing service contracts.
  • FWS positions must not involve constructing, operating or maintaining any part of a building used for religious worship or for any kind of sectarian instruction.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, prohibits employers from accepting voluntary services from any paid employee.
  • FWS is a program designed to provide part time employment, and students should not often work in excess of 40 hours in a single week.
  • Students are entitled to one 15-minute break for every 4 hours worked.
  • Work performed by a FWS student must be work related; it cannot be personal work for a supervisor

Workstudy Manual 2020-21

The following is a list of departments and locations on the Storm Lake campus that employ students through the Buena Vista University Federal Work Study Program.

Center For Academic Excellence: Donna Musel

1) General office work including filing, answering the phone, 
and creating some documents.
2) Academic Tutoring, primarily math, science, 
and business.
3) Writing tutors (rarely first-year students).
4) Scribes -- to attend class and take notes for a student with disabilities and/or to write for 
students with physical disabilities.

Admissions Office: Deb Willer

Typing, filing, computer work, mailings, phoning, assist counselors. Some night and weekend work. Looking for students with proper phone skills, data entry experience and who are prompt and reliable.

Athletics: Amy Maier

General office work, sell and take tickets at athletic events, laundry, managers for athletic teams, assist with recruiting, help at home athletic events (i.e. shagging balls at the volleyball or soccer games, scorekeeping), staff weight room desk and front desk in the fieldhouse lobby, wash wrestling mats.

Intramurals: Trevor Berneking

Scorekeepers, referees, people to assist with events

Sports Information: Steven Phelps

Keep game stats at home games, write and send out press releases, public address announcing, photography, office work with the Sports Information Director

Business Office

General office and computer work, data entry, filing, photocopying, shredding, stuffing envelopes, answer telephone, delivering supplies to other offices, running errands, and occasionally covering the office while other employees are at meetings. Must be prompt, reliable, and have good phone skills.

Career Planning and Personal Development

Career Peers will assist with resume/cover letter critique, guide students to relevant career information in Career Library and online; assist with preparations for career events and carry out general office duties. Career Peers will receive specialized training in career development that will be useful in planning their own career.

Event Production Services

Assist working with Academic and Cultural Events Series. Students can work a front of house (FOH) position. FOH entails working with ACES attendance forms, monitoring student behavior, coordinate activities, ushering, box office, and act as on-campus guides for the guests. Students will also have the choice to be involved back stage, assisting with lighting, sound and staging. They will help in implementing events from the ACES, SAB, the Intercultural Department, Music and any other event that needs technical services.

Facilities Management: Keith Schmidt

General office work (answer the telephone, file, data entry), grounds keeping (pick up trash, mow/trim, snow removal), and custodial work in academic buildings and residence halls (light duty cleaning, carry out trash.) Must have computer skills for office position. Valid driver's license along with knowledge of grounds equipment recommended to assist grounds and knowledge of light duty custodial equipment helpful to assist custodians.

Event Services

Greet and assist students and visitors, answer phones, and general office work as assigned.

Mail And Printing: Dan Newcomb

Greet and assist customers with their mail and printing needs, sort and distribute mail and packages, prepare outgoing mail and general office duties as assigned.

Information Desk

Greet and assist students and visitors to the Forum, answer BVU switchboard and direct calls to the appropriate departments and assist with distribution of event tickets, computer batteries, etc. Evening and weekend hours available.

Forum Maintenance

Assist with room setups and tear-downs in the Forum, clean classrooms and general maintenance duties as assigned. Evening and weekend hours available.

Online, Site and Graduate Programs Office: Jean Bral

Computer updates and some data entry, filing, mailings to centers and adjunct faculty, assisting with faculty development conferences, and general office work.

Student Leadership: Theresa Lullmann

Provide support for the Offices of Civic Engagement, Multicultural Engagement, and Student Activities. Responsibilities include receptionist duties and performing general office work such as conducting research, completing special projects, and assisting with the development of campus programs. The Geisinger Student Leadership Center (GSLC) is looking for students who will demonstrate excellent customer service skills on the phone and in person and who are comfortable with a fast-paced and flexible student-centered environment.

Health Services

Responsible for greeting students, providing student chart to the nurse, filing as appropriate, pick up and deliver mail/packages, place event posters around campus following posting policy, answer the telephone as needed, cleaning of massage chair as needed, assist with other daily duties as asked.

Human Resources: Melissa Butcher

General office work, computer work, data entry, mailings, filing, telephone, photocopying.

Institutional Advancement Office

General office work, answering the telephone, filing, shredding, assist with large mailings, creating spread sheets, photocopying, running errands on and off campus, etc.

Library: Kelly Olson

Students in Entry-level positions are Circulation Desk Assistants will support educational research needs of all library patrons. Specific duties will include: checking in/out books and Reserve items, shelving books and other materials, answering telephones, routine questions from library patrons, retrieving and sorting mail, assisting patrons with copiers, printers and other equipment. Responsibilities of students in Advanced-Level positions include: processing ILL requests, processing new materials, overseeing the building on evening and weekend shifts(including closing the library), assisting with special projects. Complete job descriptions and pay scales are available at the library. Desired: RELIABLE, highly motivated students with a positive and friendly attitude, a willingness to help others, good interpersonal skills and high attention to detail.

Equipment Program Supervisor: Trevor Berneking

Responsible for the daily operations of the Recreation House to include: opening and closing of the house, on-site responder for all medical emergencies, policy enforcement, and administrative support to full-time administrator team. Responsible for the distribution of sporting equipment, monitoring authorized access to the facility and equipment; provides general information regarding recreation facilities and programs. Strong emphasis is placed on customer service and interpersonal skills No other previous experience required. Must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Intramural Sports Site Supervisor: Trevor Berneking

Responsible for the on-site supervision of intramural contests, providing overall event management and support to Intramural Sports Officials. Veteran officials who have demonstrated skills, knowledge, and leadership preferred. Must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Intramural Sports Official: Trevor Berneking

Responsible for officiating and scorekeeping a variety of team sports throughout the course of the year. No experience necessary, but preferred. In-house training provided. Must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Group Fitness Instructor: Trevor Berneking

Responsible for designing and leading members through safe and effective group exercise classes. No experience necessary, but preferred. In-house training provided for: proper fitness programming, safety, participant motivation, communication. Nationally recognized group exercise certifications are required within 6 months.

ALPS Coordinator: Trevor Berneking

Provides program support for Outdoor Adventure programs, including program registration, marketing, facilitating equipment rentals, and general office and organizational tasks. Responsible for maintenance of all equipment for the Outdoor Adventure Experience (OAE) program, including taking inventory, repairing equipment, preparing equipment for OAE trips and rentals, and ensuring all equipment is returned from trips and rentals. Must be an ALPS participant. Experience working with outdoor equipment is preferred. Experience with Outdoor Adventure programs preferred and Microsoft Office skills preferred.

Administrative Assistant

Responsible for the planning and development of marketing materials and resources for departmental use to include social media avenues, the design and distribution of publications and other media formats as well as, photography assignments. Photography and/or graphic design experience preferred.

Videography Assistant

Responsible for the planning and development of marketing materials and resources for departmental use to include social media avenues, the design and distribution of videography and other media formats. Photography, videography and/or graphic design experience preferred.

Phonathon: Barbara Aiona

Looking for outgoing, friendly, and detail oriented students to supervisors and callers. Gain practical career experience and network with BVU Alumni with a flexible work schedule.

Registrar Office: Stephanie Wilhelm

Looking for prompt, reliable, courteous students to perform general office duties i.e. data entry, filing, run errands, answer telephones and assist students and office personnel. Confidentiality and attention to detail are a must.

School of Business:  Heidi Roland

Secretarial, answer telephone, photocopy, send faxes, run errands, and word processing. Looking for students who have the following skills: enthusiasm, courtesy, telephone skills, flexibility, dependability, and confidentiality.

School of Education: Margaret Carrington

Secretarial, typing, running errands, getting the mail, photocopying, designing bulletin boards and compiling packets for field experience.

School of Liberal Arts: Stacy Morehouse

This opportunity could involve working in any of the following departments: Innovation Video, English, Band, KBVU Radio, Choir, Theatre, Speech, Art, Writing Lab, Tack Newspaper or the Office. Looking for energetic students who enjoy thinking creatively and working with their hands. Will be taught various aspects of theatre.

School of Liberal Arts: Patricia Hampton

Secretarial, photocopy, run errands, typing, telephone responsibilities, etc. Monitor and assist students in the Mac Lab. Looking for students who are punctual and reliable.

School of Science

Office work; answering phone, making copies, filing, running errands for professors. Occasionally, the student may be asked to help out with laboratory setup.

Security: Jessica Garling

Answer telephones, handle dispatch complaints, assist with security facilities. Students assist with the special needs transportation program as well as other special events. Ability to deal with people in emergencies. Must be prompt, reliable and handle confidential information in an appropriate manner.

Office of Student Success 

Duties are that of an Office Assistant such as filing, telephone responsibilities for both the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Security, pick up the office mail, make copies, help prepare mailings, deliver items to other offices on campus, and help as needed with office projects. Students must be prompt, have a positive attitude, good customer service skills and a willingness to help.

Teaching and Leaning with Technology Center (TLTC): Jay Benedict

Primary responsibility includes assisting faculty and staff in their use of technology to support learning. This often includes one-on-one consulting or developing technology applications (such as Web pages, PowerPoint, and digital media conversion).

The Underground: 

Students working in this department will have the following duties: Supervise the Underground during scheduled hours, open all cabinets and ensure working order of video games, turn on rope lights and TV's, prepare popcorn upon request, ensure proper use of the property (the area will be swept, popcorn popper cleaned, all trash picked up and taken out and furniture moved back to the original spot), assist in sponsoring groups/organizations with completing the event closing checklist.

University Marketing & Communications

Primary responsibilities include news services, media relations, publications, internal communications, photography and advertising. Work-study students typically help prepare news releases and assist in other marketing communication services.

Community Service Employment

The following non-profit community service organizations offer federal work-study employment opportunities. The students that choose these positions may receive specialized, career-related experience that may enhance their employment possibilities in their career field.

These organizations are located off campus so students will need their own transportation.

All jobs are paid at current federal minimum wage.

Additional information, including terms of employment, can be found on the individual contract students will be asked to complete. 

Community Education (Alison Myrtue -  732.5711)

419 Lake Avenue
Storm Lake, IA 50588

Adventure Club--working with K-4 students. Supervising recreational activities for the community. Monthly calendar delivery. Office work--copies, database, pagemaker creative work, developing flyers, etc. Recreation Programs--soccer, bowling, basketball, skating, etc.

Community Schools

Performing duties as a reading/math tutors. (Assignments may actually be made with the assistance of the School of Education/BVU.)

  • Alta Elementary School (Shelley Koopman -  200.1400)
  • Storm Lake Community Schools
    • Elementary School (Melissa Loving -  732.8074)

Assignments may vary from each school. It is best to check with each individual school for required duties