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Work-Study Program

Work-Study Program

A Cristo Rey education extends far beyond the walls of our school. Every student works one day per week at over 95 companies in the greater Philadelphia area.

The Work-Study Program allows motivated and talented students from limited-income backgrounds the ability to gain a quality education and invaluable work experience in preparation for college.

Students work one day per week every week at over 95 companies in the greater Philadelphia area that span a range of industries. The money students earn at their work-study job offsets the majority of the cost of their education.

Benefits to Students

  • Learn and practice valuable life skills, including communication and workplace readiness skills
  • Gain confidence, self-esteem and ambition
  • Exposed to different industries, fields and career opporunities 

Benefits to Partners

  • Mentor and develop a skilled, committed future workforce of Philadelphia
  • Accomplish work with eager and reliable students at a reasonable cost
  • Build a sense of constructive civic engagement and camaraderie among employees

How does it work?

What do Job Partners Say?

"Josh is polite, asks the right questions, and deals with all of the things the rest of the team handles every day: tight deadlines, multiple requests, and a fast- paced environment with many moving parts."

Frank Altomari, Baker Tilly 

“Saniyah is an absolute asset to our GSK team. She is a self-starter who quickly picks up any task and runs with it. Her inquisitiveness, intelligence and independent streak makes her an ideal data investigator. ”

Alice McLaughlin, GSK 

"Arion is a bright, hard-working and a selfless student-worker whose enthusiasm for her job comes through in all that she does. Arion is an excellent example of the awesome students we’ve had the good fortune to work alongside with in previous years. The sky is truly the limit!”

Joe Gorman, Reilly, McDevitt & Henrich, P.C.

“Alanna is the embodiment of every quality I could dream an employee possessed: passion, diligence, perseverance, professional and hands-on. Most of all, Alanna is driven to succeed in everything she does. My staff have embraced Alanna as one of the staff. The fact that I wanted Alanna back for a second year speaks for itself.”

Patricia Beck, Thomas Jefferson Hospital

“Gabby is one of the most focused and poised young people I've had the pleasure of working with. She is smart, driven and very creative. In the Juvenile Prevention Unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, our goal is to make sure young people are safe, educated and have access to new, exciting opportunities. Gabby keeps us on point with programming initiatives and makes sure our ideas remain fresh!

Drew Elliot Johnson, District Attorney’s Office

“Zakaiya is a bright young woman. She listens to instructions and catches on quickly. She follows up with me if something is not clear. She has helped other departments with scanning projects which are completed quickly and accurately. It has been a pleasure working with Zakaiya this year!”

Kelly Inverso, Cozen O’Connor 

“Anthony has been a real asset to Elliott-Lewis Corporation since his start. He is adaptable when changes occur and is always willing to take on new tasks. Anthony demonstrates a positive and professional attitude every day and his confidence shines when working with fellow employees and greeting guests.”

Marie Berberich, Elliot-Lewis Corporation 

“Drew has been a wonderful addition to our firm. His enthusiasm and outstanding work ethic have had a tremendous impact on all our employees. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have been paired with such an impressive young man and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him.”

Joe Gorman, Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden, P.C. 

“Malik is conscientious, polite, and intellectually curious. He gives 110 percent to every task assigned to him and does not hesitate to share his ideas and input. We greatly enjoy working with Malik and are very happy that he’s here!”

Nadina Deigh, University of Pennsylvania 

“Nagee, a true picture of growth! Started out unsure but with a mind and will to learn and do better, Nagee worked his way to become number one! Always pushing forward with a great work ethic and an awesome personality. 

Ne’Cole Blocker, UnitedHeathcare

“Breon is a bright, curious and engaging young man who always shows up to work wanting to learn and contribute more. We enjoy exposing him to different initiatives involving Police-community partnerships and projects. Mature beyond his years, Breon is able to network, learn and to contribute to some of the conversations.” 

Denise James, Philadelphia Police Department

“Nathan is an excellent advocate of the values we set forth for our patients in the Mercy Health System. He is a wonderful representative of Nazareth Hospital and Cristo Rey High School.”

Danea Abrams, Nazareth Hospital

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