Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a selection of frequently asked questions pertaining to the Miami Commitment program.
Please contact us if you have any additional questions regarding Miami Commitment or Student Employment programs at the University of Miami.
Q. As a University of Miami student, how can I become a member of Miami Commitment?
A. Miami Commitment is offered to incoming freshmen applicants who have been admitted to the University and have been offered an academic/merit scholarship by the University. The initial admissions literature that incoming students receive contains information about the program as well as information on how to apply to the Miami Commitment program. Interested students complete and return the Miami Commitment application before the stated deadline. The program is offered only to freshmen students admitted to the University of Miami.
The Miami Commitment Program
Office of Student Employment
P.O. Box 248187
Coral Gables, FL 33124-525
Q. What is the Miami Commitment process for students?
A. Miami Commitment students are invited to join the program before they begin at the University of Miami. They must complete a detailed application to the Miami Commitment Office. Over the summer, before students arrive at the University, their applications are reviewed by the Miami Commitment staff for acceptance into the program. The applications for students who have been selected to participate are then analyzed and 'matched' with similar applications submitted by employers. This match is based on both the skills students can bring to jobs and the skills they want to develop in the work place. Beginning in August and continuing through the first two weeks of classes, students are notified of the position selected for them and asked to contact prospective employers to arrange interviews. When both the employer and student are satisfied with the interview, the student is hired and begins working around the time that classes begin. If either the student or employer is dissatisfied with a match, the students' application will be reviewed and matched with a different employer. After successful placement, students begin involvement in activities outlined in the Miami Commitment Development Guide.
Q. As a student employee, will my Miami Commitment job be in an area related to my major?
A. Miami Commitment students are placed in part-time jobs based on their applications. One of the most important components of this application asks students the top ten skills they can bring to a part-time job and the top ten skills they would like to learn in a part-time job. These skills are then 'matched' to similar skill descriptions in available job opportunities. In many cases, these skills are closely related to students' academic majors, but often they are not. In addition, other logistical factors are important in students' placements. For example, certain types of jobs are available only in an off-campus setting, which would require students to have a reliable means of transportation. In other cases students are limited in the type of placement they can receive because of a demanding or inflexible academic schedule. Academic major is, therefore, only one of many factors that determine students' placements.
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 Employment (OSE). 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.