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Federal Student Work Experience Program

Note: The 2015-2016 campaign is still active. The next campaign starts in January 2017. Please be sure your profile is up to date.

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) provides full-time students with the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their skills.

  • Students are not required to have previous work experience in order to apply
  • Students must meet the program's eligibility criteria
  • Jobs can be offered on a full or part-time basis

What kind of jobs are there?

We have a wide variety of cool jobs from coast to coast, varying from outdoor field work and research to office positions in administration, IT and finance, from work in trades to policy and communications and many more!

Be sure to check out our departmental programs that allow you to apply directly to some of our most popular student positions:

  • Student border services officer
  • Student guide in France
  • Crew member and coxswain for the Inshore Rescue Boat Service
  • Science students supporting the work of the Great Lakes Area Program
  • Aboriginal student program
  • Guide interpreter at Rideau Hall and La Citadelle
  • Capital information officer and tour guide
  • Science computing student

Does the field of security interest you? This year there is an FSWEP inventory exclusively for security job opportunities. You must apply to that inventory separately.

How does it work?

  1. Full-time students apply to FSWEP.
  2. Hiring managers request students who match specific criteria for the jobs they want to fill (e.g., education, language, skills, work location).
  3. A random search for students who meet the hiring manager's criteria is conducted.
  4. Students are contacted via e-mail to confirm their interest in the job.
  5. The confirmed list of names is sent to the hiring manager.
  6. The hiring manager reviews the student applications and invites students for tests and interviews, as required.
  7. A job offer is made to the chosen student(s).
  8. The results appear in the students' account.

Apply to FSWEP