Community Partners 50/50 Program

The Community Partners 50/50 Program allows Clark County organizations to employ Wittenberg students for half the cost of minimum wage. This program offers full-time undergraduate students additional employment opportunities that contribute to their career objectives and course work while working within both an urban community and professional setting.

Wittenberg University will split the compensation expense (50/50) with the community partner of a student worker at the federal minimum wage in effect at the time.

  • Wittenberg University is considered the employer of the student and shall be responsible for all payroll taxes.
  • The Community Partner will be responsible for 100% of the compensation above the federal minimum wage, if it chooses to pay more.
  • The Community Partner will be responsible for 100% of the payroll expense for students working when classes are not in session (i.e. summer).
  • Wittenberg will issue payroll payments (via the Wittenberg/Higher One Card) to the student once a month, according to its customary student payroll schedule.
  • The Community Partner will be invoiced once a month for their share of the expense.
  • The student must be in the Federal Work Study Program or the Wittenberg Student Employment Program (this covers the vast majority of our students).
  • The student may only work up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session but may work up to 40 hours per week when classes are not in session.
  • The community partner must be qualified to provide work to students eligible for the Federal Work Study Program.
  • The Community Partner must be located in Clark County, Ohio.

What makes a good 50/50 employment site? 

Wittenberg recognizes that the contributions of the site supervisor to a community partnership are substantial. Just as the student worker seriously commits time, energy and skills to work which benefits your organization, you, as site supervisor, are asked to devote the same to the student’s growth and learning in the workplace. Wittenberg appreciates your efforts.

Characteristics of a Quality Workplace Site

  •  A position description
  •  Realistic and pre-professional goals, tasks, and/or projects
  •  Conscientious orientation/training that includes introduction to company culture and office procedures, and training for specific work/projects
  •  On-going structured supervision with opportunities for constructive feedback and questions
  •  Opportunities to observe and participate with professionals in action (staff meetings, client meetings, presentation, etc.)
  •  Opportunities to talk with professionals in the department about their jobs and career paths
  •  Opportunities to develop specific skills (i.e. research, writing, computer, and presentation skills)
  •  Evaluation of overall experience
  •  Follow-up, in the form of letters of recommendation, networking, etc., if requested

Guidelines for the Site Supervisor

In several respects the selection of an student worker and the communication of work expectations are similar to those of a full-time employee. Your role in the internship experience should include the following:

  •  Inform the student of required safety standards, statements of confidentiality, special organization rules, and legal requirements
  •  Review the objectives for the job with the student
  •  Keep the Center Staff informed of the student’s progress or any issues that may arise
  •  Evaluate the student as requested by the Center staff or the intern

Rights and Responsibilities

Rights of the Student Intern:

  •  Access to an appropriate workspace.
  •  A safe work environment.
  •  Adequate supervision.
  •  Necessary tools and equipment to perform services.

Rights of the Academic Institution:

The site supervisor and Wittenberg reserve the right to terminate the partnership at any time, if either determines that the student worker’s further participation is detrimental to Wittenberg, to the site, or to the student. The student worker may terminate the internship at any time, for any reason, but shall remain liable to the site and to Wittenberg for any unsatisfied obligations that arise from this agreement.

Issues of Liability

Issues of liability are always potentially present. Two types of liability exist: 1) injury caused by the student; and 2) injury caused to the student. Most sites provide liability insurance for their employees and interns. Wittenberg University does not provide liability insurance for personal injury or property damage to students occurring while on internships. Neither does it provide professional liability or malpractice insurance to cover errors of student interns.

Specifically, student interns are not covered for errors that would result in the invasion of privacy, breach of confidentiality, slander or libel, or injury to an employee at the agency or firm.

The site supervisor should voice legal concerns with the Center staff, and any non-compete or non-disclosure policy should be indicated in writing and signed by the student. All parties involvedshould have copies of special agreements.

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