Office of Civic Engagement

Viking Corps

Viking Corps

Viking Corps is a program aimed at offering Cleveland State University students the opportunity work for pay at a local community-based organization. The goal of the program is to spark in students a lifelong commitment to community and civic engagement in areas they are passionate about through direct service opportunities.

Paid Positions


Students awarded federal work study (FWS) dollars as a part of their financial aid package are eligible to apply for paid positions.  At this time, we only can accept FWS eligible students.  Accepted students will be employed by CSU but will perform their work duties at an assigned partner organization that serves the community. To be considered for FWS positions, students must apply online at the link below. 

Partner organizations include Americorps, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and Davis Aerospace & Maritime High School.

In addition to funding the program, CSU is responsible for managing recruitment and hiring. Partner organizations are responsible for providing students with their work assignments and training.

How do students benefit from Viking Corps?

By engaging students in service opportunities throughout Greater Cleveland, they will develop a deeper understanding of the needs and assets that exist in neighborhoods throughout the area.

Viking Corps gives students an opportunity to turn their interest into action and explore careers in the non profit sector. The program is also an effort to help students develop an affinity for and appreciation for the City of Cleveland and an understanding of community and civic responsibility. If the program does not offer a student opportunities aligning with their major, students can contact with suggestions about possible placements. 

What is the benefit of Viking Corps to the community?

Participating community organizations can increase their workforce with reliable, energetic student employees with very little cost to their organization. Community partners will also have the opportunity to develop a pipeline of future permanent employees and supporters familiar with the organization.