Luther Works / Work Study

At Luther College, work-study opportunities are available to all students through the Luther Works program. Luther Works will help you:

  • Earn money to help pay for your tuition and/or have spending money while attending Luther
  • Discover how every job is an opportunity to serve your community
  • Actively learn through the professional, technical, and interpersonal dynamics of work-study roles
  • Build values, skills, and character

When you graduate from Luther, you’ll possess both a college degree and the skills to make a difference in your workplace, your community, and the broader world.

Learn more about Luther Works

Luther provides many opportunities to work in a variety of positions, including positions with increased responsibility and wages. Some of these positions are on campus and serve the Luther community, while others are off campus and serve the greater Decorah area community.

All on- and off-campus work study positions are posted on Handshake. This tutorial will assist you in logging into Handshake and looking for open positions.

You must have federal work-study to participate in off-campus work-study positions. You will need to verify that you have federal work-study before inquiring about open positions by sending an email, or calling ext. 1072.

Log in to Handshake

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Submit your W-4s securely online. Do not email them. Your I-9 must be completed in person in our office and your Direct Deposit must be delivered to us in person.


Federal I9 Form – This form is available on campus and must be completed before you can begin work on campus. Please see this list of acceptable ORIGINAL documents that must be presented to the Student Employment Office when completing this form.
Federal W-4 Form – necessary to calculate withholding for federal taxes.
Iowa W4 Form – necessary to calculate withholding for state taxes.

Illinois Residents Only

Illinois W4 Form – necessary to calculate tax withholding for Illinois residents only.
Non-residence Iowa Tax Form – necessary for Illinois residents for tax reciprocity.


Work Study Payment Agreement – required if you plan to have earnings applied towards institutional charges.
Direct Deposit of Wages – required if participating in electronic deposit of wages into your bank account.

Looking to work at Luther College this summer? We have many, engaging opportunities to earn money while you grow personally and professionally, all while serving your community.

How do I sign up for summer employment?

  • Review the Student Summer Employment guidelines
  • Complete the Intent to Work Summer Employment form to let us know you are interested in summer employment at Luther
  • Fill out employment and Direct Deposit forms and bring them to the Student Employment Office (Main 25). If you are a Luther student who has worked in a work-study job this year, you have completed employment documents.
  • Check out Handshake to find available summer employment positions. This tutorial will help you find Luther College Summer positions.
  • Some summer positions are open to non-Luther applicants. These positions and their supervisors are:
    • Lifeguards (Aaron
    • Ground Maintenance (Paul at
    • Custodial Support (Cindy at
    • Dining services (Leah at
    • Student Employment (Michelle at

If you have further questions or are not a Luther student, contact Student Employment at, 563-387-1072, or stop into Main 25.

Every work study supervisor is a Luther Works Leader. As a student employee, you will have a Luther Works Leader that you will work alongside, some directly (in an office) and some in conjunction with (mentoring, dining services, custodial). These leaders challenge and support you to work to the best of your ability and facilitate your development through:

  • Formal and informal mentoring to help you develop personal, interpersonal, and career readiness skills.
  • Supervision which helps you fulfill the duties of a job and work towards excellence in all you do.
  • Time for self-reflection and performance evaluation. You’ll look back on the impact of your work experience and identify opportunities for continued growth.

This team of Luther faculty, staff, and students serve Luther Works by providing oversight, collaborative leadership, resource development, and management of the Luther Works program.

  • Toby Snow ’24, Exercise Science/Psychology
  • Miriam Skrade, assistant director of the Career Center
  • Erin Zidlicky, Technology Help Desk co-lead
  • Gwen Strand, biology instructor
  • Sarah Crose, director of the Career Center
  • Matt Bills, director of Human Resources
  • Michelle Gebel, student employment coordinator

The Luther Works Study Experience

Luther Works Success Stories

Read this post to learn about the many benefits of having a work-study position in college.

February 24 2021

In this post, coordinator Paul Hemenway shares how work study can be more than just earning a paycheck-it can also teach you valuable life skills.

May 17 2021

Read a current student's experience with her work-study positions and how it may help her in her future career.

April 16 2019

If you’re looking for a way to make money while going to college, work study may be a great option for you. Here are some answers to common questions about the program.

May 23 2018