Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) provides full-time students with the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their skills.

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

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

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

Overview: FSWEP is the central database for student jobs in the federal public service. It employs over 9000 students yearly, and has an inventory of 50,000 students in the database. It acts as an intermediary, by sorting students’ resumes into relevant fields and positions, which may follow university semesters. 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, like Co-operative Education. Note that not all departments hire through FSWEP. 

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 is then a 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 then request a student referral 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 in the job 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

More Information: cfp.pfete-fswep.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca.


Research Affiliate Program (RAP)

Opportunity Date: Ongoing

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate and post-graduate students enrolled in a program including research in the curriculum (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 offer research-based employment part-time during your 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 that are posted in the federal public service.
  2. Browse available RAP positions posted on jobs.gc.ca.
  3. Apply to each opportunity individually, using your My Account applicant number and following their specific requirements for applications and candidates.

Search available RAP positions.

Lead Department: Public Service Commission of Canada

More Information: cfp.par-rap.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca.

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