Corporate Work Study

Become a Corporate Partner

"The relationship with Cristo Rey Newark reminds Holy Name of who we are as an institution — a community of caregivers, committed to the pursuit of excellence."

Michael Maron, President & CEO, Holy Name Medical Center

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"The short-term benefits are rooted in providing valued experience to the students with the aim of cultivating long-term relationships and building a future for them within our company."

Catina Jackson, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology, CHUBB

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"The young adults we have the privilege of working with are intelligent, inquisitive and prepared to contribute."

Maryanne Spatola, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, RWJBarnabas Health

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"Our investment in Cristo Rey Newark students has come back full circle. Three students have returned to Railroad Construction Company, interviewed and have been hired into full-time positions."

Al Daloisio, President,
Railroad Construction Company, Inc.

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"At KPMG, Cristo Rey Newark interns work side-by-side with employees and leaders at multiple levels, and are provided with the opportunity to learn highly marketable job skills."

Joseph Maiorano, Executive Director, Human Resources, KPMG, LLC

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Ready to become a corporate partner?

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Teresa Austin
973.483.0033, x317

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) work?

The CWSP is a separately incorporated entity that functions as a temporary employment agency within Cristo Rey Newark High School. For a competitive annual fee, corporate partners contract with the CWSP to receive one full-time work study team for a contract period that spans approximately 10 months (September–June). Students are employees of the CWSP, not of the corporate partner.

What are the advantages of hiring a Cristo Rey Newark High School student?

The CWSP is a cost-effective solution for businesses that need entry-level work. Since students are employed by the Corporate Work Study Program, businesses save time on paperwork and money on taxes, health benefits and other employment-related expenditures. Employing Cristo Rey Newark students also boosts employee diversity, supports the local community and helps build the area’s future workforce.

What is the annual fee?

Corporate partners pay a flat annual fee directly to the Cristo Rey Newark CWSP office for each team of four students, which covers one full-time, entry-level position. The corporate partner is not responsible for any additional expenses (payroll taxes, benefits, etc).

What kind of work can students perform?

Students generally perform entry-level work. They answer telephones, maintain files, sort and deliver mail, scan and fax documents, perform data entry and create documents with Microsoft Office. Some of our students are bilingual and may be able to help with translation. As students develop professionally, they are able to handle more complex projects and tasks.

How are students prepared for their work study jobs?

All incoming freshmen and transfer students attend a rigorous summer Business Training Institute before beginning their first CWSP assignment. Returning students attend a refresher course at the beginning of the school year. Students also receive ongoing feedback, performance reviews and training from corporate partners and the CWSP staff throughout the school year.

How large does a corporate partnering organization need to be to participate?

Corporate partners range in size from small companies to large multinational, publicly-traded corporations.

What are the responsibilities of the corporate partner?

Corporate partners have the following responsibilities: 1) Provide a positive working environment for each student, with clear instructions and regular feedback. 2) Assign an on-site supervisor who believes in the program to oversee the students. 3) Identify meaningful work for the students and communicate the importance of their role.

What are the expectations of students in the CWSP?

Students are expected to meet or exceed the level of professionalism and dedication demanded of their adult colleagues in the workplace.

How do students get to work each week?

Cristo Rey Newark High School provides transportation for all students to and from their jobs.

Who supervises the students at work?

An on-site supervisor at the corporate partner will guide and support students at work. Cristo Rey Newark High School CWSP staff will coordinate with on-site supervisors to provide the necessary guidance and training that students need to succeed in the workplace.

Are there any labor issues with hiring students under 16?

Cristo Rey Newark High School has a special provision from the U.S. Department of Labor, which allows the school’s CWSP to employ students 14 years and older.

Is it possible to hire the students for school breaks?

Yes, it is possible to hire the students during certain school breaks (Christmas and summer). School break or summer employment can be arranged through the CWSP office. The students remain on the CWSP payroll and the corporate partner continues to pay CWSP. However, during these special times, CWSP will issue a check to the student worker, much like any other holiday or summer employer.

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