Work Study

Work study lets you explore career paths, build solid work references, and earn money toward tuition or living expenses. It’s no surprise that nearly three-quarters of Luther students choose to participate in work study each year.

Every Student Can Work on Campus

We want you to feel confident about life after college, which includes feeling prepared for getting a job. This is why we offer a work-study position to virtually every student who applies for one. We feel so strongly about the value of work study that the majority of our on-campus work-study positions are actually funded by Luther (we also participate in the federally funded work-study program). This means that if you’re legally eligible to work in the United States, you’ll be able to work on the Luther campus.

Finding the Right Job

There are lots of on-campus job options. For instance, if you're interested in:

  • sports–you might find a job assisting recruiters, officiating intramurals, managing a team, or supervising the climbing wall or ropes course.
  • computers or programming–you might work in tech support or with Luther’s Web Content Bureau.
  • the environment–you may want to consider working with the campus gardeners or as part of Luther’s recycling and waste-reduction programs.
  • academics–you may want to work as a research assistant or tutor within your major or minor.
  • media–you could take photographs for Luther’s Visual Media Department, DJ a show on campus station KWLC, or write a blog for Luther’s Admissions Department.

These are just a few examples of the many areas in which Luther students work on campus.

Students with federal work-study funding also have the option of off-campus jobs, such as tutoring at an area school or daycare, helping to harvest and cross-pollinate at Seed Savers Exchange, assisting with tours and collections at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, or working in the gallery at Decorah’s Art Haus, among many other positions.

First-Year Work Study

First-year students are usually assigned a position in dining services, facilities, or grounds maintenance, although a number of other positions are also available. Fill out an application to help us find your best match.

Need help deciding whether work study is right for you? Learn more about how it works, read about current student-worker experiences, or contact Luther’s Financial Aid Office for more information.