About the Program
Cristo Rey helped me understand that I could go to college and eventually reach my dream of becoming an attorney. Cristo Rey guided me by assigning me to work at law firms once a week and seeing what my future life could be like. Those experiences truly helped me with my resume for college and even helped me with my resume for law school."
- Angelika Arias, Assistant District Attorney for the State of New York
The Cristo Rey Network’s Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) breaks down the socioeconomic and cultural barriers that often inhibit the future success of individuals like Angelika. In each of our Cristo Rey high schools, CWSP places every student in a professional job (on-site or remote) five full days a month, all four years of high school. Student workers connect classroom to career, while earning up to 50% of their own tuition cost. These young men and women contribute and strengthen their social and technical acumen as they develop newfound awareness to pursue and excel in careers or industries they may not have otherwise considered.
How Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) Works
Students work in a four-person job sharing team to fill one full-time equivalent position during standard daily business hours, Monday through Friday, for the entire academic year. Academic schedules are structured so that students work without ever missing class. Our integrated academic and CWSP experience is widely recognized as the hallmark of a Cristo Rey education.
Employed in fields of Finance, Communications, Engineering, Human Resources, Legal, Medical, and Tax Services, student workers perform a wide range of responsibilities on the job, such as data entry, translation services, IT support, project research, and computer-based tasks. In these professional job placements students provide a workforce solution to the companies they work for as well as creating a pipeline of future talent in industries that value a diverse workforce. Students gain valuable skills, confidence, and aspirations, along with professional mentorships that cannot be accessed in the traditional classroom.