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BEST Program: On-Campus and Federal Community Service Positions

"Bloomfield Educates Students for Tomorrow through Career Experiences Today."

The Federal Work-Study Program provides need-based funds for students to earn money while working on-campus or at approved off-campus sites. Through this program, students work and gain career related experience on campus or at off-campus not-for-profit organizations through the Federal Community Service Program.  Bloomfield College is committed to student employment and provides supplemental funding for student jobs through the Bloomfield Student Employment Program

“What sets Bloomfield College’s work-study program apart from others is that we view work-study as a career development program. We take this program seriously.”

Student employees in the BEST Program are presented with challenging work assignments and play important roles in the departments where they work. As a result, our BEST students not only “earn”, but they also “learn and serve.” Our supervisors take on the roles of mentors, coaches, and trainers.

Through the B.E.S.T. Program, students can:

  • Learn a great deal about themselves
  • Develop professional and technical skills
  • Learn best practices
  • Gain an understanding of workplace standards and ethics
  • Participate in an internship experience either on or off-campus through the BEST S.I.T.E. Program
  • Begin to develop a professional network

General Overview

This program is funded through the Federal Work Study Program and the Bloomfield College Student Employment Fund.  Allocation of these resources is managed under the overall direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration. 

  • Since each student’s financial situation is different, eligibility to work as a BEST student is determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • The BEST Program is a program based on financial need.
  • Eligibility to participate does not guarantee employment.
  • All work-study jobs are posted on BC Career Connections.
  • Students must follow application instructions indicated in the postings.
  • To apply for a position, students will need to submit a resume through this system
  • Supervisors will review resumes, conduct the interviews, and make job offers

All other aspects of the program are under the direction of the Center for Career Development in collaboration with the Bloomfield College Office of Payroll Management.

B.E.S.T. Required Workshops

ALL first-time participants in the program must attend the introductory workshop, Career Preparation I. This required group session covers the basics of career planning. Topics include:

  • The importance of defining career goals
  • Introduction to Focus 2, an on-line self-assessment and career exploration system
  • Introduction to resume writing and interviewing
  • Introduction to and registration for BC Career Connections, our on-line job board
  • The importance of establishing a professional network
  • Employer expectations for success on the job

In addition, before a student starts a position, there is an orientation session with the Student Employment Coordinator or one of the Career Counselors, which provides an overview about what is expected as a BEST Student Employee. This meeting covers topics such as:

  • Attendance/Punctuality
  • Reliability
  • The importance of quality work, initiative, and team work
  • Confidentiality
  • Completion and submission of time sheets
  • Integrity, honesty, ethics and initiative
  • Payment procedures.

Second year participants in the BEST Program (Sophomores, as well as some juniors or seniors) are required to participate in the BEST Advanced Workshop: Career Preparation II: Building on Today for Tomorrow.

Topics include:

  • Assessment of the first-year experience
  • What makes a good employee great
  • The importance of internships
  • Career goal setting/action planning/developing portfolios
  • Advanced resume writing and interviewing
  • Introduction to Optimal Resume system
  • Professionalism
  • Workplace ethics

Second-year participants will also participate in an orientation meeting, which reviews program policies and procedures.

Workshop schedules are posted on the Bloomfield College website calendar of events and BC Career Connections calendar.

B.E.S.T. Internship Program: The Career Experience Program

Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to intern on-campus or at an approved off-campus site.  Through this initiative, students have the opportunity to gain career-related experiences and develop skills needed to be successful in their future careers. For the Juniors and Seniors, interning is the appropriate next phase of the BEST Program. The new name, the BEST S.I.T.E Internship Program, Student Interns in Training for Excellence, reflects what we hope these experiential learning opportunities will help our students to achieve.  Today, one has to be not just good – but excellent!

What do BEST interns do?  Here is a list of some of the internships students have held in the past.

  • Academic Affairs: Assistant to Honors Director
  • ASPIRA: Academic Advisor
  • Athletics: Assistant to the Trainer and Assistant to the Sports Information Director
  • Biology: Laboratory Technician
  • Brant Publications: Accounting and Human Resources Intern
  • CAT: Categrafica Manager, Lab Technician, and Webmaster Theater Technician
  • Center for Career Development: Student Volunteer Center Coordinator
  • Chemistry: Senior Lab Technician
  • Center for Student Leadership and Engagement: Events Coordinator
  • Enrollment Management: Junior Admissions Counselor
  • Father’s NOW: Intern
  • Humanities: Radio Station Assistant
  • Institutional Advancement: Public Relations Intern
  • La Casa de Don Pedro: Fiscal Management Intern
  • Library: Project Design Team Member
  • Newark Emergency Services for Families: Case Assistant Intern
  • Newark Financial Empowerment Center: V.I.T.A. Program Intern
  • Nursery School at Christ Church: Child Development Intern
  • Social and Behavioral Science: Lab Research Intern
  • Sussex Avenue School: Tutor/Mentor

For more information, contact the Center for Career Development and ask for the Student Employment Coordinator, ext. 1250 or 1266.

BEST Handbook

BEST Payroll Schedule

Instructions to access timesheets via Webadvisor