Community Impact Corps

Get connected with the community and earn hands-on experience through the community service component of the federal work study program called Community Impact Corps. Students who choose to participate in this program have the opportunity to gain valuable skills, network with nonprofit leaders in Atlanta and participate in professional development sessions.

One of the primary focal points of Georgia State University is to prepare students for their careers through their college experience which is defined in the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Civic Engagement supports the university’s mission by providing federal work-study opportunities for students who are dedicated to creating change and maintaining positive change. This is done by placing those students who are eligible for federal work-study with our community partners in efforts to ensure they have the theoretical and practical experience needed upon graduation to obtain and secure their ideal career.

Am I Eligible?
Students must contact Financial Aid to determine eligibility for federal work-study.

Getting Started
Students need to bring a copy of their class schedule and award letter (showing they have been awarded federal work-study, which can be accessed in their PAWS Account) to Civic Engagement where they can browse through a hard copy list of job openings or view the job openings on Handshake.

Upon becoming a work-study student within the program, students will receive the following: five-minute orientation on what is required for participation in this program, Student Rights and Responsibilities handout to review and sign, guidance with entering time into OneUSG Connect for payroll, customer service training techniques to assist while on the job or in everyday life and information about Reflection Session events and more.

Handshake is an innovative way for students to connect with thousands of employers, make appointments with career counselors and search for jobs and internships on and off campus. Handshake allows students to personalize career recommendations based on interests and connections, helping students discover exciting new opportunities. This user-friendly version of job hunting can assist the everyday student to navigate their way to discover the convenience of job research, creating profiles, sign up for campus career events and more.

Handshake provides multiple online resources, such as virtual training videos on how to apply for jobs, save specific job searches and editing documents. With their friendly team of experts, all applicants can be guaranteed a reliable and effective experience to assist with any addressed concerns.

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We have over 30 sites that we collaborate with which include but are not limited to:

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Atlanta Victim Assistance
  • Board of Regents
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
  • Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Dekalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • East Atlanta Kids Club
  • Emmaus House
  • Empowerment Resource Center
  • Hands on Atlanta
  • Jumpstart!
  • Literacy Action, Inc.
  • Operation P.E.A.C.E.
  • Project Healthy Grandparents
  • Trinity Community Ministries
  • United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
  • Wings for Kids
  • Y.E.S. Inc.

Federal work-study is a part of the financial aid package. The community service component of this program gives students the chance to participate in meaningful service while earning their federal work-study awards.

The program was initiated in 1994 with three work sites and 24 students. The program continues to gather momentum, serving over 30 work sites and 50 student employees. Civic Engagement looks forward to serving students and the community as the twenty-third year of this program begins!

Background Checks
All Georgia State students who work at sites where children are present will have a background check performed. For further information regarding background checks or questions about the Federal Work Study program, please contact Paula Brisco or call 404-413-1550.

Civic Engagement holds monthly Reflection Sessions, which offer students professional development workshops with seasoned professionals and the opportunity to share their work-study experience and community impact with others. Reflection Sessions take place on the second Friday of each month.