Interns, work-study students furloughed during shutdown

 By Gabriella Morrongiello

WASHINGTON-- Numerous college students pursuing internships or federal work-study positions inside the Beltway have been asked to stay home amid the government shut down. 

Like many college students, those attending school in D.C. often work part-time to help cover the costs of textbooks and tuition. For these students however, rather than serving coffee at a campus java shop they often have the unique benefit of seeking internships and part-time jobs at a variety of federal agencies and institutions within the District. 

Nonetheless, until Congress can reach an agreement and end the government shutdown students employed at federal agencies may be wishing they'd chosen the campus coffee shop instead.

"We want people to understand that there aren't necessarily big, impending disruptions coming. Your financial aid is not going to disappear," Kent Springfield, Director of Federal Government Relations told George Washington University's online newsletter, noting however that "if you're a student who has a federal work study job at a federal agency you will not be able to go into work."

Amanda Rewarts, a sophomore at the George Washington University just recently secured a Federal Work-Study position at the National Archives and was eager to begin her second Friday on the job. As political ping pong continued however, her boss told advised her to “watch the news to know if the government was going to shutdown” in order to determine whether she could come into work on Friday. 

“I have only missed one day of work, but it will significantly reduce my hours…” said Rewarts. “But there is not much I can do besides wait. And I really want to get started because I will probably have to be trained again [since] I have forgotten everything I learned on the first day.”

According to Michelle Sherrard, Executive Director of Communications for The George Washington University, there are plenty more students like Rewarts.

"We have about 50 students who work at agencies affected by the shutdown. We have been in touch with the students since early this week to keep them informed," said Sherrard.