Learning By Doing

Your work experience here goes beyond just filling a need for labor on campus and includes learning outcomes for every crew. These will include general skills like:

  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Crew-specific skills such as carpentry, animal husbandry, plumbing or photography.

Your work will support your academics directly, sometimes through a clear connection like working on a Craft Crew to complete the Craft Minor, or in more indirect ways like learning the intense focus required to fell a large tree on the Landscape Crew and then applying that to taking your MCAT exam.

In all cases your experiences in academics, work, and community engagement will integrate to produce the graduate outcomes you seek.

How You’ll Do It

Our Work Program develops your skills purposefully over your four years, allowing you to create a professional resume of experiences that set you apart.

  • Focus on the Basics (Year One, 10 hours per week):
    Develop your work ethic, be part of a team, and learn new skills.
  • Exercise Skills (Year Two, 10-15 hours per week):
    Master your craft and communication, be a problem solver, and engage in projects
  • Solidify your Pathway (Year Three, 10-20 hours per week):
    Become a crew leader, share your knowledge on campus, explore off-campus connections
  • Be an Expert (Year Four, 10-20 hours per week):
    Train new crew members, hone your leadership style, and work in an internship
Locksmith Crew

Can I Choose My Crew?

First-year students do not choose their crew. Rather, they are matched with a crew after completing our Work Survey, an inventory that asks you to share your work interests and previous experiences. In subsequent years, you will work directly with the Work Program Office on your crew placement. Crew placements are never guaranteed, but we partner with you to ensure your work experience is furthering your goals.