Work Study Supervisors

Are you looking for a dedicated student to become a member of your team/staff? Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.  The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

While the Financial Aid Office determines eligibility and allocates Work Study funds to students, the MU Career Center develops employment opportunities, assists students with the selection of positions, conducts Work Study Employment workshops during Summer Welcome, and provides training for employers. At this time, the Work Study Employment Office has developed a database of 2,000 opportunities and referred approximately 1,000 students to positions.

Supervisors Encouraging Excellence & Development

Students are a core part of our mission at the University. Supervisors can play a pivotal role in the satisfaction, retention and development of students. Research suggest that early and continued institutional commitment will impact both their academic and social integration. You, as a work study supervisor, help your student employees become more socially integrated to at MU when you take an interest in them, find out who they are, and let them know that we are happy they chose MU. Campus employment offers exceptional advantages for them, including: necessary income, workplace skills, professional development, mentorship, and geographic convenience.

The MU Career Center staff gathered together tools and materials for supervisors to use that can help enrich the student workers’ experience. You may access these resources online at:

These web pages include a wide array of resources to help with all aspects of your supervisory role, including: recruitment materials and orientation checklists, employee expectations, ideas for creating a positive work climate, and ways to motivate students. There are also tools to help supervisors provide feedback and performance reviews, as well as guidance and resources regarding disciplinary action. We encourage supervisors to use these online materials to help students be successful at work, especially if they are new to a professional work setting.

Contact Work Study

You may or may not be able to answer all of your student employees’ questions about work study, etc. We are here to help!  Please feel free to call (573-882-6801), email ( or or refer them to visit the MU Career Center (lower level of the Student Success Center) and we will be happy to assist.