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Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Opportunity Date: October – October, annually (exact dates vary, applications must be resubmitted for each yearly campaign)

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate and graduate students, returning to full-time studies in the next academic term.

Overview: FSWEP is the central database for student jobs in the federal public service. Over 9000 students are employed yearly through this program which has an inventory of approximately 50,000 students. It acts as an intermediary, by sorting students’ resumes into relevant fields and positions. Students may work full-time or part-time during the summer, part-time during the school year, and as applicable during university approved work terms such as Co-operative Education. Note that not all departments hire through FSWEP. See Other Employment Opportunities to see individual opportunities outside of this employment program.

How it Works:

  1. Create your FSWEP profile: be sure to have a resume ready to upload into the database, as well as information about your education, location, language, and skills. Creating a profile may take up to an hour.
  2. Your profile becomes part of the database for the entire year, and it can be updated at any time. Make sure to update any changes to your academic program, skills, or resume.
  3. Federal organizations request student referrals from FSWEP. The system searches for a minimum of 5 students who match the requirements of the available position. These qualified students are emailed to see if they are interested in and available for the position.
  4. Students who confirm their interest via email are referred to the hiring manager, who further assesses the selection of students.
  5. Students may be invited for tests and interviews, and job offers are made to the selected students directly from the hiring manager.
  6. All results for student referrals are posted on their FSWEP profiles, under “View my results”.

Click here to create your profile.

Lead Department: Public Service Commission of Canada

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Research Affiliate Program (RAP)

Opportunity Date: Ongoing

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate and post-graduate students enrolled in a program whose curriculum includes research (other eligibility factors may apply to each position).

Overview: RAP is a supervised research program in the federal public service that helps students complete research requirements for academic programs, or undertake part-time research-based employment during their studies. Field research, social science projects, or laboratory experience may be available through RAP. Students generally work 25 hours per week or less, however, some full-time employment may be available depending on individual opportunities and course schedules.

How it Works:

  1. Create a My Account profile on the Public Service Resourcing System, the online application and screening tool for positions in the federal public service.
  2. Browse available RAP positions posted on
  3. Apply to each opportunity individually, using your My Account applicant number and following the specific requirements for applications.

Search available RAP positions.

Lead Department: Public Service Commission of Canada

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