The Government of Canada has launched its Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) campaign for 2009-2010.
If you aren't familar with FSWEP, it is a federal government program that provides thousands of full-time students with part-time and full-time jobs at a range of government ministries and departments. I myself started out in the public sector after being hired at Service Canada through FSWEP and the experience I had and skills I gained have been invaluable throughout my career.
To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:
- be a full-time secondary or post-secondary student in an accredited institution (either in Canada or abroad)
- be currently recognized as having full-time student status in the academic institution in which you are presently enrolled
- be returning to full-time studies for your next academic term
- be at least the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job exists
As for the types of jobs available, they differ each year. But for the most part, they range from providing client service in an Employment Insurance office to working at a border crossing to acting as a tour guide in Vimy Ridge, France.
And information on compensation and pay rates can be found here; however, the figures provided are effective January 2009 and could change for January 2010.
To apply, you will need to create a My Jobs file and complete an online application form and upload an electronic resume. I recommend devoting at least an hour to ensure that you complete all the relevant sections.
And when completing the application form, take note of the different Departmental Programs that are offered. Provided you are eligible (e.g. have the required language skills or are studying the required major), you can apply for these programs at the same time as applying to be included in the general inventory.
For more information, visit the FSWEP website and read the free online job search guide.