The work study program is carried out through the regular Upward Bound Program and gives students selected the opportunity to explore, discover, and experience professional fields in real life settings. Students will be selected to participate based on a predetermined criteria. Students selected will be expected to work an average of twelve (12) hours per week in addition to attending a senior seminar class one day per week. The seminar class exposes students to a host of non-cognitive skills while also working on resume building, interviewing skills, professionalism in the workplace, etc.


The purpose of the work study program is to prepare Upward Bound Students for the professional work force while exposing them to professional fields of employment in a hands-on environment. Students selected will gain and improve knowledge of a specific field, acquire and utilize skills and competencies necessary to be productive in a professional setting, familiarize themselves with proper procedures and ethical guidelines, and experience the process of gaining employment in a professional work place.


Students selected must meet all of the following requirements before beginning their work-study experience.

  1. At the beginning of the summer have a classification as a bridge or graduated senior unless otherwise approved by the Director of Programs.

  2. Be selected (based on a point system) by Upward Bound Staff using the Work Study Selection Form.

  3. Successfully gain employment with a work site approved by the Upward Bound Staff.

  4. Sign a contract with the Upward Bound Program

  5. Be in good standing and a full time member of the Upward Bound Program.

QUALIFICATIONS (refer to page 19 of the student handbook)

Work study positions are very limited. Students are selected using a rubric. The formula used to determine a student's work study score is as follows:

# of months the student has been enrolled in the Upward Bound program


# of summer programs the student has completed (multiplied by 5)




# of Eagle Day absences the student has accrued this year for any reason (multiplied by 1.5)





Listed below are the required items that must be placed in your portfolio and submitted at the end of the program. Items or articles may be added to this list throughout the work study program.

  • Handbook

  • Syllabus

  • Time Logs

  • Student Contract

  • UB Supervisor Evaluation of student

  • Supervisor Evaluation of Student

  • Exit Interview

  • Handouts/Notes for Seminars & Workshops

  • 3 Additional Assignments

  • Resume

  • Career Exploration Assignment

  • Final Exam

  • Analysis of mock interview

                                                                                                                                        Pictured:Upward Bound Work-Study Candidates 2017


Due to COVID-19, the work study program will be an all online format this summer. Instead of sending students into the field to work and gain actual job experience, students will instead complete their hours learning about a host of career related topics and completing projects during 38 (1.5 hour) work study classes. These classes will be held each day, Monday through Friday. The work study program is usually available only to recently graduated seniors, but this year it is available to all students wishing to participate.


Below are the tentative topics which will be covered. An official syllabus for the course will be posted in the coming weeks.

Week 1 - Class Introduction, Syllabus, Google Docs & Classroom Training, Mind Mapping Activity, Students Intro Videos, and Online Discussion Board Post

Week 2 - 3 Types of Resumes, Resume Do's and Don'ts, Draft Your Resume, Polish Your Resume, Critical Thinking, and Online Discussion Board Post

Week 3 - Jobs Requiring Degrees, Realistic Salaries, Initiative & Self Direction, Leadership, Teamwork, Time Management, Finalize Your Resume, Post on the Online Discussion Board

Week 4 - Public Speaking and Why It's Important, Draft a 5 Minute Presentation, TED Talks, Professional Appearance and Why - How We Look Matters, Post on the Online Discussion Board

Week 5 - Midterm, Career Explorations & Research, Career Explorations Results Paper, Navigating Job Search Websites, Hot Jobs 2020, Post on the Online Discussion Board

Week 6 - Interview Skills, What the Interviewer Wants to See in a Job Candidate, Interviewing with Confidence, Tips for Digital Interviews, Mock Interviews, Analysis of Mock Interviews, Post on the Online Discussion Board

Week 7 - What Happens After the Interview, How to Send a Professional Email, Good Habits for a Successful Career, Work Ethics, Professionalism, Employee Mindset, Flexibility, Post on the Online Discussion Board

Week 8 - Personal and Professional Growth, You Got the Job, What's Next? W4's, I9's, Benefits, and a Stack of Decisions to Make, Review, Final

Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education & sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Inc.