Earn & Learn

Our Purpose

Student Employment is driven by the students’ need to defray some of the cost of education and by the short-term needs of departments for temporary workers. PVAMU made a bold beginning by offering the Summer Training & Enrichment Program (PV S.T.E.P.), in which the emphasis shifted to the students acquiring work skills that complemented their major.

The philosophy of “Earn & Learn” has now expanded to ensure that students develop their work experience continuously towards their career goals, while at the university. The program provides a means to fill funding gaps as the student pursues their career experience and affords the student with uninterrupted workforce experience.

The goal is to guide, train and mentor PVAMU students, challenging them with increasingly complex projects and assignments, which will develop them competitively for employment in their career field soon after graduation.

This program is dependent on annual budget.



  1. Department must have a demonstrative need by providing projects to students that will enhance their career.
  2. Work duties/projects directly correlate with student’s declared major and deliverable(s) is/are established.
  3. Department is unable to fund due to lack of budget
  4. Funding windows: Fall and Spring semesters only

Student Requirements

  1. 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  2. Work duties/projects of the position directly correlate with the student’s declared major.
  3. Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student
    • Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) graduate credit hours
    • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours
  4. Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  5. Commit to working no less than 10 hours per week but no more than 20 hours per week.

The Earn & Learn Program is available on an annual basis.

Student Benefits & Outcomes

1. Students will gain tangible skills & knowledge to become marketable to the workplace.

2. Student workers remain employed for a continued period of time in a career oriented role.

3. Students gain opportunities to accept increased levels of responsibility.

4. $10/hr. minimum rate of pay

5. Minimum hours per week: 10

6. Maximum hours per week: 20

Department Benefits & Outcomes

1. Department gains knowledgeable staff augments.

2. Department provides student with unparalleled opportunities to increase their knowledge base within their career field.

3. Department increases the student’s level of work experience to actively contribute to meeting departmental goals and objectives.

Ms. Renee R. Williams, Director of Equal Opportunity & Diversity has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.

Ms. Williams can be reached at: P.O. Box 519: Mail Stop 1337; Harrington Science Building, Suite 109; Prairie View, TX 77446-0519, or by calling 936-261-1730