Student Employment

The Federal Student Work Experience Program

Managed by the Public Service Commission of Canada, the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) is the largest federal program for students. It provides over 9,000 jobs each year in Canada that are:  interesting, challenging, diverse and related to the field of study.

The FSWEP e-recruitment inventory is built based on applications and is used to randomly select candidates who meet the job requirements identified by the hiring organization. The random selection approach ensures a fair and equitable way of identifying potential candidates.

When you apply for the FSWEP, you are automatically registered into the inventory of candidates. If your profile meets a federal department or agency's needs, you might be contacted by a manager. In other words, the aim is not to apply directly for a particular job offer but, rather, to be included in an inventory from which managers can select students as needed.


Federal Student Work Experience Program

Federal Student Work Experience Program

Watch the following videos to learn about the rewarding path of Indigenous students working for the federal public service and to know more about the available work opportunities with the FSWEP.

Who can apply?

The FSWEP is intended for:

  • full-time students at secondary school, college and university;
  • students deemed to be registered full-time for the terms preceding AND following hiring;
  • students who are of the minimum working age in the province or territory where the job is offered.  

Other Student Employment Programs

Here are some other student programs offered in the federal public service that might also be of interest. Simply click on the link to register or to get more information.

Post-Secondary Co-operative Education and Internship Program (CO-OP)

This program allows student to get an internship as part of a program of study. The offers are posted in the educational etablishments.

National Defence and Canadian Forces Programs:

  • Raven is a Navy summer program for Indigenous throughout Canada. Participants train in Esquimalt, B.C. When registering online, indicate the program you are interested in under "Program choice". 
  • Black Bear is an Army instruction program for Indigenous throughout Canada which is offered in Oromocto, N.B. When registering online, indicate the summer program you are interested in under "Program choice".
  • The Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program is a special three-week program for Indigenous looking for a career in the Forces. When registering online, indicate the summer program you are interested in under "Program choice".

Canadian Forest Service Aboriginal Student Employment Program of Natural Resources Canada

The Canadian Forest Service offers jobs to qualified Indigenous students through its Indigenous Student Employment Program. The program provides candidates with practical and meaningful student employment in scientific, technical, or other forestry-related fields.

Research Affiliate Program (RAP)

This program allows postsecondary students to gain experience in applied research (design, execution and evaluation) when such experience is necessary to get their diploma.

National Research Council of Canada Student Program

The National Research Council of Canada offers jobs allowing students to gain experience in research and development, library science, communications, marketing and other areas relevant to their careers.

Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors Program

As young ambassadors for Parks Canada, two students are hired each year to encourage their generation to get off the beaten path to discover and share their country's incredible beauty and experiences.

Justice Canada Legal Excellence Program

Justice Canada gives trainees an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to practice law.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Summer Employment Opportunities for Veterinary Medicine Students

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency offers summer employment opportunities to enthusiastic, hard working and dedicated veterinary students with an interest in public health, animal health, ecosystem protection and food safety.

Click Here to register


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