Musicians as Leaders

Community Service Work Study Program

The Community Service Work-Study Program (CSWSP) provides Berklee students with community-based employment, through which they gain professional experience, educational enrichment, and the opportunity to share their skills and participate in the development of Boston’s multicultural communities.

The CSWSP is one of the most powerful means by which Berklee College of Music engages with communities in the Boston area. CSWSP provides employment to eligible students with financial need. Utilizing a budget provided by both the college and the federal government’s financial aid program, the CSWSP places student employees at partner organizations and pays them to work as part-time employees. Each CSWSP position is created not only to provide students with well-paid employment but also to enhance their education and develop their professional skills and intercultural competency. The CSWSP selects partner organizations based on their capacity to provide Berklee students with a meaningful employment experience as well as each organization's ability to positively impact the communities that they are designed to support. Every position, therefore, supports the development of both Berklee’s own students and the neighborhoods of the city that Berklee calls home. Students are often required to commute to off-campus work sites, so the CSWSP rate of pay is significantly higher than the rate for most on-campus positions.

Work-study employment can benefit a student in several ways. It can:
 • pay for a student's education and personal expenses;
 • improve a student's time management skills;
 • help build a student’s résumé; and
 • serve as a reference for a student's future employment.

To inquire about available positions in the Community Service Work-Study Program, please contact Eve Alpern.

Download job descriptions, eligibility requirements, and learn how to apply: Open Positions and FAQ Fall 2014.pdf

The Movement

The Movement @ Berklee is a powerful, student-led program that uses music as a catalyst for community building and social change. Student, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers collaborate with partner organizations to conduct a broad range of activities including youth mentorship, performance outreach, and musical instruction.

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