Top Government Summer Jobs for Students

Top Government Summer Jobs for Students

By: Nicole Strutt
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Whether you are a political science major or just interested in politics or working for the government, there are a variety of summer job opportunities available for students. Below is a list of available resources to help you find summer jobs within the federal government sector.


FSWEP is a program within the Canadian government that provides opportunities for full-time students who are looking to get experience within their field of study.  Each year FSWEP employs 9,000 students out of 50,000 applications received. The opportunities available are office and clerical work, field and lab work, information technology work and working outdoors.

2. Agencies within the Federal Government

In addition to FSWEP, there are great job opportunities with various agencies within the Federal government. These opportunities include working with:

a) Canadian Forest Service Aboriginal Student Employment Program - Where Aboriginal Science students have the opportunity to work with the environment and gain skills in plant identification, forest ecosystem classification and dendrochronology.

b) Rideau Hall Offers opportunities as Guide Interpreters. Students would have the opportunity to be ambassadors for Rideau Hall and would be responsible for giving tours of the facility to thousands of people.

c) Parks Canada Agency - Is a federal agency that is responsible for maintaining national parks, historic sites and marine sites within Canada. Gives students the opportunity to gain skills in visitor services, interpretative activities, resource conservation and informatics support or office-related work.

d)  Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Gives engineering, Computing Science and Earth Science students the opportunity to gain experience with multibeam sounding systems, data processing, data management and analysis and cartographic production.

Application Process:

In order to be considered for a position with agencies in the federal government, students must:

1. First apply for FSWEP to get into the pool of resources

2. Second, once accepted into FSWEP, are open to apply for the actual position with one of the various agencies mentioned above

3. Canada Summer Jobs Program (CSJ)

Is a program created by the Canadian government that provides funding to specific organizations to create summer jobs for full-time students, planning to return to school the following year.

Because the Canadian government provides funding to a variety of organizations every year, there is no guarantee that an organization that receives funding one year will receive the same funding the next year. This means it is important for students to keep their eyes open starting in March for summer job opportunities on myExperience or with professors or department reps.

 Places SFU students should keep a keen eye out for CSJ jobs within SFU are:

  • CJSF Radio
  • SFSS
  • Women’s Centre
  • Out On Campus
  • SFU Summer Camps
  • Athletics Recreation
  • WIL
  • Specific faculties and departments including professors
  • Residence and Housing

In addition to CSJ opportunities at SFU, keep your eyes open on job boards for organizations (listed below) that may have summer opportunities available due to CSJ funding:

Charity Village is Canada’s largest website that provides news and job opportunities within the non-for-profit sector. Many of the job opportunities that are posted on Charity Village are funded by CSJ funding, so it is an excellent resource to look back to for summer opportunities.

Non-for-profit organizations:

  • Churches and religious organizations;
  • Community groups, charitable and voluntary organizations;
  • Associations as well as professional, industrial and occupational organizations;
  • Boards of trade and chambers of commerce

Public Sector Employers

  • Public hospitals, nursing homes, senior citizen homes, rehabilitation homes, etc.;
  • Public community colleges and vocational schools;
  • Public degree-granting universities and colleges (like SFU*)
  • School boards and their elementary and secondary institutions; and,
  • Band schools.

Private Sector Employers

  • Bodies, incorporated or unincorporated, including partnerships and sole proprietorships;
  • Cooperatives;
  • Self-employed persons;
  • Aboriginal organizations established on a “for-profit” basis;
  • Federal Crown corporations

 Beyond the article

 *Lead image: creative-commons licensed photo by UK Parliament

Posted on January 31, 2014