About Our Work Study Program

The Work Study Program is ideal for individuals who are passionate about research-driven community engagement. Working as a Program Assistant with SFU Public Square provides you with the opportunity to learn more about emerging issues of public concern, to have your work featured on our website, and to support our program by helping prepare for diverse events, including our annual Community Summit, amongst our many other endeavours.

If you have any questions about the work-study program or application process, please contact our Program Manager, Seth Erais, at seth_re@sfu.ca. Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of employment equity.


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What Will You Learn?

Our Program Assistants play a vital role in the livelihood of SFU Public Square. During the term, you will learn invaluable skills pertaining to research, communications, marketing, event-planning, and community engagement in a fast-paced, hands-on environment with a collaborative team. Program Assistants will also play a key role in helping to develop a successful program and pre-planning for the annual Community Summit.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Producing timely research for SFU Public Square programs including, but not limited to, relevant trends in public policy & concerns, potential stakeholders, and social media & marketing practices for the Community Summit and other activities. (60%)
  • Supporting the logistics for SFU Public Square events and activities; including being on site at events (30%)
  • Supporting the team by creating content for SFU Public Square digital channels, including writing copy, social media posts, and helping with basic design tasks, if applicable (10%)

Meet Some of Our Previous Program Assistants


When I first joined SFU Public Square in 2015, I had a hard time finding career aspirations. I had little interest in my field of study and almost no extracurricular experience, so in-office volunteering was something new and different. I decided to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did.

Volunteering and working at SFU Public Square allowed me to develop an impressive range of skills - from taking part in public dialogues to coding custom css/javascript for the website. Most importantly, being part of the program helped me develop a strong sense of direction. It gave me confidence to switch between majors and pursue a career I’m passionate about. The team always supported my growth and assigned me tasks that were particularly valuable for my area of focus, so I could gain relevant experience. After I’d completed my last term at SFU Public Square, I had a chance to land a job in creative video production at one of the best agencies in Vancouver. In addition, this one-of-a-kind experience came with some unique and precious friendships I developed along the way.


I joined SFU Public Square in January 2017 in midst of planning for the Who Needs Canada Summit. From the first day I realized what this team does is beyond a normal 9-5 job, in fact they are working toward a goal with dedication and determination.

While pursuing a major in Psychology at Simon Fraser University, working with SFU Public Square enabled me to apply my knowledge and prior experience working with non-profits to real world situations in various aspects. There were new challenges arising throughout my time with the program, but I knew those challenges were just opportunities to learn and grow because help and supervision was always there. In addition to my professional development, working with SFU Public Square helped me in my personal growth as well. Because in a year and half of working, the team were not just my coworkers but my family who offered their full support in the toughest times of my life. Working as an Operations Manager in an industrial setting after graduation, there are still many instances that I refer to my experience with the program. After all, I can firmly say that working in SFU Public Square was as valuable as my studies at SFU, since it prepared me for the next steps of my life.      



I first joined SFU Public Square as a work-study student hoping to simply get more involved with my school and the community (involved how I wasn’t even sure); little did I know, the position would offer so much more than the typical extracurricular or work-study program. As a political science student I was getting to see my lecture material being applied in ‘the real world’. I learned the norms of a professional office, attended important events, and made friends with people outside my usual student circle.  

As I prepared to leave university, and my work-study position at Public Square, my co-workers offered invaluable support. Not only did they make sure my resume popped and my interview outfit was ‘on point’, but they taught me how to utilize the SFU Public Square network, offered me personal/professional advice, and made sure I was heading in a direction that felt right for me. I would not be at my dream job right now without the support and the resources that I received at SFU Public Square.

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