January 19, 2011

Finding a summer job in New Brunswick

Recently, a reader sent me an email about how to find a summer job with the Government of New Brunswick. Oddly enough, I've discussed summer jobs programs in other provinces - in particular my home province of Ontario - but never New Brunswick.

Well, like most provinces, the Government of New Brunswick funds summer job opportunities for students through a special, overarching program known as the Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) Program.

Under the SEED program, there are three different initiatives - each with their own eligibility conditions and application processes - that secondary and post-secondary students can apply for.

1. SEED Summer Employment Placement

Under this scheme, the Government of New Brunswick offers summer jobs in the public and non-profit sector for post-secondary students or high school students attending post-secondary education in the fall. Most placements last about 8 weeks and they try to place you in a job that relates to your field of study.

In order to be considered for this summer job program, you must:

- Be a resident of New Brunswick or a First Nation Community in New Brunswick;
- Be eligible to work in Canada;
- Be a student in the current academic year and be attending a post-secondary institution in the fall; and
- Be registered with the Provincial Student Referral Office

In order to apply for this program, you must obtain and complete a SEED Student Application for Summer Employment Placements form. These forms are only available at the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour's regional offices; Human Resource Service Centers; Service New Brunswick Centers; and New Brunswick universities, colleges, and high schools

Once you have completed the application form, you will be registered in the Student Employment and Referral System (SEARS), a centralized databases that matches employers and students. You need to be registered in the SEARS database in order to be considered for a position under this initiative.

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Here's what to do.

Contact a non-profit directly and introduce them to SEED's summer employment placement program. Explain to them that this program can be beneficial for both parties (experience for you, wage subsidies from the government) and encourage them to select your SEARS profile once their subsidy application has been approved.

2. SEED Co-op Work Term

As the title suggests, this scheme is for students looking for co-op placements in order to complete their work practicum graduation requirement. Through wage subsidies, co-op students can be employed for 8 to 16 weeks and are given the opportunity to earn money and gain invaluable work experience, all while fulfilling their graduation requirements.

This program is offered year-round during the winter/spring (January to April), summer (May to August), and fall (September to December) terms. Placements will be with a provincial government department or agency, school district, or hospital corporation.

In order to be considered for this program, you must:

- Be currently enrolled in a recognized college or university co-operative education program; and
- Be referred to the employer by a college or university

To apply, register as you normally would with your school's co-op program. Your school will refer you to the relevant employer.

3. SEED Student Entrepreneurship

Under this initiative, the Government of New Brunswick offers interest-free loans of up to $3,000 for students who are looking to start their own business and operate it as their summer job. Not only do students get invaluable work experience and a chance to flex their entrepreneurial muscle, but if they repay the full loan, they can be reimbursed for up to 1/3 of the loan value.

In order to be accepted into the program, you must:

- Be returning to full-time studies in the fall (*note: priority is given to students who will be attending post-secondary studies);
- Be 16 years of age or older (*note: applicants under 18 will need the signature of a guarantor acceptable to the bank in order to obtain the loan);
- Be a resident of New Brunswick or have lived in the province during the last six months (*note: if you reside primarily in New Brunswick but are studying outside the province, you are still eligible); and
- Have only one student entrepreneurship loan outstanding at any time during the program period

As for the business itself, it must:

- Be operated in New Brunswick;
- Fall under the "generally accepted definitions of an independent business" - in other words, the applicant should have a large measure of independent control over business operations;
- Create one or more full-time summer jobs that involve a minimum of 35 hours per week;
- Operate for at least 6 weeks; and
- Be independent from other family-owned business operations

To apply for this program, download and complete a SEED Student Entrepreneurship Application Booklet. It contains both the application form and information on both how to prepare a business plan.

Alternatively, you can also pick up the form at the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour's regional offices and Service New Brunswick Centers.

Keep in mind that your business plan must show how you will be able to repay the loan by October 15th.

In sum, regardless of which program you decide to apply for, I recommend beginning the application process ASAP as applications are now being accepted and processed.

Good luck!

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