Federal Student Work Experience Program

The 2015-2016 campaign launches October 28, 2015. Students must apply to be included in this year’s inventory.

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
  • Scientific 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.

Reminder: Once we launch the new campaign, we will no longer be selecting students who applied to our 2014-2015 campaign. If you are still a full-time student and want to be considered for jobs, please submit a new application on or after October 28.

How does it work?

  1. Full-time students apply to the national FSWEP inventory.
  2. Federal government organizations send a request to the Public Service Commission (PSC), owner of the inventory, for a list of students who match specified criteria for the jobs they want to fill (e.g., education, language, skills, work location).
  3. The PSC performs a random search of the FSWEP inventory, based on the specified criteria, to find a minimum of five students that match.
  4. The PSC contacts the students by e-mail to confirm their interest in the job.
  5. The PSC sends the confirmed list of names to the requesting organization.
  6. The manager at the requesting organization 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 jobs.gc.ca account of the students who were considered for the job.

Apply to FSWEP