As the summer months approach, an increasing number of young and eager students are in search of meaningful work experiences. The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) is a government funded initiative providing students with an opportunity to work with a federal organization in a position related to their interests or field of study.supreme court of Canada

Types of Summer Jobs Receiving Canadian Government Funding

FSWEP employs close to 9,000 students every year in a variety of positions across Canada. These positions are offered to both secondary and post-secondary students that are intending to return to their studies after the position is completed. Duties and responsibilities can vary greatly from office and clerical work, to monitoring, research, and restoration work in the field. At the moment, the federal departments accepting applications include:

  • Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Supreme Court of Canada
  • Parks Canada Agency
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Rates of pay are to be established by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and most organizations provide the option of temporary lodgings for seasonal staff.

Applying through FSWEP

In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must be of the minimum age requirement to work in the province or territory where the job exists and classified as full-time secondary or post-secondary student returning to full-time studies. Final applications, including resume and contact information, must be submitted through the Federal Student Work Experience Website . Those looking to apply for positions beginning in May or June 2013, are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Upcoming Deadline: Small Business Funding Grants for Hiring Summer Employees

For those looking to hire seasonal full-time employees, the Canadian Government offers grant funding for business through their Canada Summer Jobs Program 2013. Funding is provided through a wage subsidy for eligible candidates. Applications must be submitted before February 28, 2013. For additional information on small business funding grants for hiring, please subscribe to our Weekly Canadian Government Grants E-Newsletter or contact a Canadian Government Funding Expert.

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Mike is a Business Development Intern with Mentor Works. He is currently in the midst of receiving his Undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo’s Environment & Business Co-op Program. He plans to specialize his degree in Economics and Environmental Finance.