Opportunities

Get involved and enrich your university life! Take advantage of the many events, programs, and opportunities that SFU and the Department of Economics has to offer.

Department Events

The Department of Economics wants to support your goals with exclusive events and resources for our students. 

  • Career workshops
    Every semester, we organize career-oriented events covering topics such as resume and cover letter writing, career exploration, networking, and more — all to help set you up for success when you enter the job market.
  • Professional photoshoot
    We offer students a chance to take a free, professionally-taken headshot for their online portfolio and/or LinkedIn profile. 
  • Alumni speaker series
    We invite alumni to talk about their career paths and to answer any questions that current students have. Past sessions have included alumni from the tech industry, the Big Five chartered banks, Bank of Canada, and many more.
  • Alumni social 
    We bring alumni and graduating students together for a night of networking and socializing. This allows both alumni and graduating students to engage, exchange ideas, and network in a fun, inclusive environment. 

Join our LINKEDIN group

With over 1,000 members, our LinkedIn group is a great way to keep up-to-date with our vast alumni network, job postings, networking opportunities, and events. 

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Economics Student Society (ESS)

The ESS is a student-run organization that represents all students in the Department of Economics. They meet bi-weekly every semester to organize events, seminars, and workshops. Join them and meet fellow economics students outside of class.

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Research Assistantships (RA)

Looking to gain more research experience? The Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) program is an excellent way to gain hands-on experience engaging in research projects with an academic supervisor. USRA positions at SFU Economics are open to both Canadian citizens/permanent residents and international students, and may be full-time or part-time.

To apply for USRA-funded positions, you would need to fulfill the award eligibility criteria: www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/awards-funding/ugrad-research-awards/eligibility.html

The USRA application cycle typically takes place during the Spring semester with postings emailed to all Economics undergraduate students and posted on the 'Careers' page. 

Work-Study Program 

The Work-Study Program is an opportunity to participate in research-based projects and earn a supplemental income. You will also gain valuable experience connecting with various members of the SFU community and build your co-curriculum record. Because a student’s first commitment is to his/her studies, Work-Study hours are flexible, on campus and supervised.

Work-Study positions are available during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Successful applicants will be awarded 140 Work-Study hours for a term. This will only be offered to students with the highest demonstrated financial need.

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Co-op Work Experience

Arts and Social Sciences Co-op connects students to a diverse range of job opportunities and employers. Developing practical and professional skills, building a network of contacts and references, and gaining valuable job search and interview tools and experience – that’s the Co-op advantage.

With Co-op, you’ll be exploring career options, earning a competitive income and building your resume before you graduate.

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ACADEMIC SUPPORT IN ECONOMICS

Get help with your academic writing and technical skills such as Excel, econometrics and the programming language R. Every semester, the Department free daily drop-in workshops which are available to all students enrolled in economics courses. 

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EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER SUPPORT 

Ensure your resume, cover letter and online profile is job-ready by booking a one-on-one session at Career and Volunteer Services. Their Career Educators and Career Peers are here to talk about anything career related, from resume creation and work search to future plans. 

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