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Q: What can students do at my company?

A:  Students can perform data entry, Spanish-English translation services, document management, internet research, IT support, event support, mass mailings, reception, and most entry-level office work. Students work in Accounting, Communications, Customer Service, Human Resources, Legal, Logistics, and Tax Departments. The wide range of Corporate Work Study Program partners allows students to be exposed to more diverse corporate work. Job descriptions vary by corporation. 



Q: Are students trained to work?

A:  Prior to the school-year, each student participates in a multi- week training program that helps them prepare for success in the work environment. During summer training, students are trained in:

  • Communication skills
  • Microsoft Word
  • Excel
  • Customer service skills
  • Standard office equipment operation
  • Office etiquette
  • Dressing for success
  • Making a positive first impression
  • Phone skills
  • Filing and document handling
  • Confidentiality and ethics
  • Workplace safety
  • Team building


Q: Who monitors the student workers?

A:  Each Corporate Work Study Program corporate partner provides a supervisor that manages Cristo Rey students and corresponds with CWSP staff to ensure productivity. CWSP staff visits each business site regularly to gather feedback and enforce student accountability. Each student is responsible for completing a daily time card (which includes an evaluative piece). Additionally, Corporate Work Study Program partners complete Semester-End Performance Reviews to rate students. Based on supervisor evaluations, 94% of Cristo Rey student workers nationally “Meet or Exceed Expectations” of their supervisors. 



Q:  Do students choose where they work?

A:  After considering students’ skill levels and interests and the skill sets needed by our Corporate Partners, the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) staff will determine where students are placed.



Q:  As a corporate partner, what responsibilities will we have?

A:  Your biggest responsibilities are: 

  • Providing a positive work environment for the students.
  • Providing a supervisor who believes in the program and the success of the students.
  • Provide meaningful work for the students and explain to them the importance of their role.



Q:  If I have a problem with a student, how do I resolve it?

A:  If there is ever an issue with a student in the workplace, you may work with the student directly or you may contact the Corporate Work Study Program Office. Students may be replaced if there are any issues. In these rare cases, another student will be assigned.



Q:  Why should my business participate in the program?

A:  There are many reasons to participate:

  • Add productive, entry-level employees.
  • Ensure cost-effective services for your business.
  • Free up lower-level employees for more value-added work.
  • Deduct the cost as a business expense.
  • Contribute to your workforce diversity.
  • Benefit your local community with immediate payoff.
  • Let Cristo Rey San Diego Corporate Work Study Program handle the administrative expenses.
  • Develop a culture of community involvement among your employees.



Q: Is there a dress code?

A: Cristo Rey students are held to strict standards. Students must adhere to the dress code at all times.


Q: Is it possible to hire students during school breaks?

A: Yes, it is possible to hire students during school breaks. Since CWSP operates like a staffing agency, it handles payment to the students earned for any extra work.


Q: How do we become a Corporate Partner?

A:  Sign a letter of intent indicating your commitment to hiring our students. Please contact Maria Moodie at to learn more.