Below is a selection of frequently asked questions pertaining to the Miami Commitment program.
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Q. What are the requirements of the Miami Commitment program?
A. In order to remain in the Miami Commitment program, students need to maintain good academic standing, maintain satisfactory job performance, and complete the requirements of the the career development track by attending all the activities listed for each stage.
Q. What if a Miami Commitment 'match' isn't working?
A. Both students and employers should be happy with their Miami Commitment 'match' at all times. If there is a problem either for students or employers, the Miami Commitment Program can assist. In many cases the problem can be solved by a productive conversation or by the training of a new skill. If efforts to work with students and employers do not yield a solution satisfactory to both parties, a new placement can be made. Students or employers having any type of problem related to a placement should contact the Miami Commitment staff immediately!
Q. What is the difference between Miami Commitment and Federal Work Study?
A. Federal Work Study (FWS) is an award given to students based on financial aid eligibility. Miami Commitment is a career development program and is given to students independent of their financial situation. Some students qualify for both Miami Commitment and FWS, other students qualify for only FWS (and not Miami Commitment), and other students qualify for only Miami Commitment (and not FWS). Students in the FWS program are given awards that allow them to work on campus at a reduced rate to employers, but they must locate jobs on their own. Miami Commitment students are asked to complete a detailed application and are later matched with appropriate Miami Commitment positions. In addition, Miami Commitment students are provided with a variety of support services to enhance their career development.
Q. How much money can a Miami Commitment student earn?
A. Like other University of Miami employment programs, the amount of money Miami Commitment students earn depends on two factors: the pay rate and the number of hours worked. The amount of money listed on students financial aid award letters indicates the cap or the maximum amount students can earn. A schedule of bi-weekly pay days can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment. This may not apply to some students working in off-campus positions.
Q. What off-campus opportunities are available to Miami Commitment students?
A. There are a variety of off-campus job opportunities available to students exclusively through the Miami Commitment Program. Positions range from medical campus to Marine (RSMAS) campus to various public and private organizations within the community. The Miami Commitment off-campus coordinator helps students prepare resumes, learn interviewing techniques, and secure off-campus jobs.