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We know this new program can bring up many questions so we developed FAQs for Employers and Students. Below you'll be able to find out more details and next steps.

Employer FAQ

Q: What is the FIT (Financed Individualized Training) program?
A: The FIT program is an employment-based pilot project for rising sophomores at RWU. RWU students will have the chance to build their resumes with meaningful, hands-on experience right on campus – and be paid to do it! This employment program will continue for three years until graduation, subject to the student’s continued adherence to the student code of conduct, being otherwise in good academic standing, favorable evaluation by the academic leaders and the employer and continuation of adequate funding.

Q: Is the FIT program based on financial need?
A: No, participation is not necessarily based on financial need.

Q: Will the student be graded on his/her performance?
A: The student will not receive a grade for this program. However, the student will be evaluated yearly by the supervisor in a formal written process that will be delivered to the student and submitted to the FIT program committee.

Q: How many positions will there be in the FIT program?
A: In this first year, the program will include up to 20 students and supervisors.

  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
  20 (class of 2017) 20 (class of 2018) 20 (class of 2019) 20 (class of 2020)
    20 (class of 2017) 20 (class of 2018) 20 (class of 2019)
      20 (class of 2017) 20 (class of 2018)
Total Participants 20 40 60 60

Q: How will the students know which jobs are available under this program?
A: The positions will be listed on the RWU website under both Financial Aid (Work Study) and Career Services (Hawks’ Hunt).

Q: How and when will the students be notified that they have been selected to participate in this program?
A: Selected students will be notified by either RWU email or a phone call by May 15.

Q: Is this program only offered to 2014-2015 sophomores?
A: Yes, this is a three-year continuous program offered to rising sophomores only.

Q: Can a student enrolled in the program have an additional job on campus?
A: Yes, a student may have a FIT position and an additional work study or payroll job. However, in order to adhere to the University Employment Policy, the total combined hours worked for the University cannot exceed 20 per week.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure he/she does not exceed 20 hours per week.   

Q: After acceptance into the program, what happens if the student changes majors and the current assignment is no longer relevant to student’s career path?
A: This program is designed to provide life skills that are transferrable to any major. As long as the student is still gaining relevant academic experience, the student may remain in the program.

Q: How will participating in this program benefit the student?
A: This program will help RWU students gain relevant work experience, form relationships with faculty and staff mentors and provide paid on-campus employment.

Q: How will participating in this program impact the students’ academic record?
A: At this time, the student will not receive credit for participation in the FIT program.

Q: If I create a FIT position, will I need to pay the student’s salary from my budget?
A: No, creating a FIT position will not affect your department’s budget.

Q: What would my role be if I created a FIT position?
A: Faculty and staff members participating in the FIT program will be responsible for creating a job description and supervising and evaluating the student in a mentorship role. You’ll have the opportunity to work with the student as he/she progresses in experience and coursework throughout the three-year process.

Q: How can I apply to create a FIT position?
A: Find out more details and apply to this program.

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Student FAQ

Q: What is the FIT (Financed Individualized Training) program?
A: The FIT program is three-year opportunity for rising sophomores at RWU. You’ll have the chance to build your resume with meaningful, hands-on experience right on campus – and be paid to do it! You’ll work with a faculty or staff mentor in a role related to your academic work, watching your role expand with your knowledge base and experience level.  This is a real job with realistic work expectations.  

Q: Do I have to qualify for work study or financial aid to apply to the FIT program?
A: No, this project/program is not necessarily based on financial need.

Q: Will I receive an academic grade for my work in the FIT program?
A: No. You will, however, be evaluated yearly by your supervisor in a formal written process, which will be delivered to the student and submitted to the program committee.

Q: How many students will be allowed to participate in this program?

  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
  20 (class of 2017) 20 (class of 2018) 20 (class of 2019) 20 (class of 2020)
    20 (class of 2017) 20 (class of 2018) 20 (class of 2019)
      20 (class of 2017) 20 (class of 2018)
Total Participants 20 40 60 60

Q: How can see a list of the available positions?
A: They will be listed on the RWU website under both Financial Aid (Work Study) and Career Services (Hawks’ Hunt).

Q: How will I know if I’ve been selected to participate?
A: Selected students will be notified by either RWU email or a phone call by May 15.

Q: s this program only available to 2014-2015 sophomores?
A: Yes, this is a three-year continuous program for rising sophomores only.

Q: Can I participate in the FIT program and still have another job on campus?
A: Yes, you can be part of the FIT program and maintain an additional work study or payroll position. However, the combined number of hours you work for the University cannot exceed 20 per week due to the University’s Employment Policy. You as the student are responsible for keeping track of your hours.

Q: After I’m accepted into the program, what happens if I change majors/career paths?
A: The FIT program is designed to provide life skills that are transferrable to any major. If you change majors while participating in the program, you may remain in your position as long as it’s providing you with academically relevant experience.

Q: How will participating in the FIT program benefit me as a student?
A: You’ll gain relevant work experience, a great relationship with a faculty/staff mentor and paid on-campus employment. Additionally, you’ll participate in seminars and planning sessions with faculty members on topics such as leadership, teamwork and career planning.

Q: How will participating impact my academic record?
A: You will not receive academic credit or a grade for your work with the FIT program.

Q: How can I apply?
A: Check out the available positions (to be posted) and apply here.

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