Federal government jobs

The Federal Government Student Ambassadors are your on-campus link to employment with the Government of Canada. We can provide you with application support, general information about hiring initiatives and more. See an overview of our services here.

Federal government student ambassador Yamini is here to connect you to opportunities with the Government of Canada.
Federal government student ambassador Yamini is here to connect you to opportunities with the Government of Canada.

Want to connect?

If you have any questions about working for the Government of Canada, email us at publicservicecareers@uvic.ca.

Learn about the Federal Student Ambassador and how they can help you find employment with the Federal Government.

Office Hours with Federal Student Ambassador:

Drop in and chat with Federal Government Ambassador, Yamini Iyer and learn more about how to successfully apply and explore various opportunities with the Federal Government. Each office hour session will have a topic to focus on but students are encouraged to bring any questions they have to the sessions! Drop in any time or email publicservicecareers@uvic.ca to learn more!





Zoom Link


June 18, 2021



Screening Questions

July 2, 2021




July 16, 2021




July 30, 2021



Recruitment campaigns for undergraduate students

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

If you're a full-time post-secondary student, you can apply to this program to be considered for a variety of full-time and part-time jobs! Plus, you don't have to reapply each year—your résumé will remain in the inventory unless you remove it yourself. Submit your résumé here.

Specific FSWEP inventories include:

Ongoing Student Recruitment Inventory

This is the federal government's largest inventory. It is an ongoing recruitment inventory offering full and part time work opportunities in a wide variety of fields including business, science, engineering, administration, IT, finance, and many more. The Ongoing Student Recruitment Inventory is open to receive applications year-round.

Indigenous Student Employment Opportunity (ISEO)

This inventory is open to Indigenous students only and offers full and part time jobs year round in a variety of fields. The ISEO is typically open to receive applications beginning in January of each year.

Employment Opportunity for Students with Disabilities (EOSD)

This inventory is open to students with disabilities only and offers full and part time jobs year round in a variety of fields. The EOSD is typically open to receive applications beginning in January of each year.

Other inventories

The Government of Canada offers a number of other student opportunities through FSWEP such as:

  • Student Border Services Officers
  • Student Guides in France
  • Canadian Armed Forces Reservist Student Employment Opportunity
  • Inshore Rescue Boat Student Program
  • Security Officer Student Employment Opportunity
Look for these opportunities on the federal government jobs site.

Federal co-op jobs

If you're already a UVic co-op student, you can apply for federal government work terms in Victoria and across Canada. Visit the Co-op and Career portal to look for federal job postings.

Working for the federal government can provide you with many new opportunities.

Research Affiliate Program (RAP)

If research plays a role in your degree, you can apply to ongoing student opportunities to conduct innovative research for the federal government related to your field of study. Learn how to apply here.

Recruitment campaigns for grads and soon-to-be-grads

Post-secondary recruitment campaign (PSR)

If you've graduated with a diploma or a degree, or if you are in your final year of study, you can apply to specific federal jobs as part of this annual campaign. You can also submit your application to an inventory to be considered for jobs based on your skill-set. The campaign begins in the fall term, so keep an eye out for info sessions on campus hosted by federal recruiters! You can learn more about the campaign here.

Recruitment of Policy Leaders (for graduate and post-graduate students)

If you have a post-graduate degree (Master's, PhD, etc.), you can apply for mid-to-senior level positions, where you'll work to shape public policy. Learn more here.

Specific specialized recruitment opportunities

Find a range of department and agency-specific recruiting opportunities here.

General recruitment

You can also apply to job opportunities through federal government job boards. Browse general job postings.

What's it like to work for the Government of Canada?

Read stories about students who have completed co-op work terms with a range of federal government agencies and departments.

  • Hana Hourston (Mathematics and EOS) - completed a work term with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Read her story. 
  • Julian Sketchley (English) - completed work terms with Services Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada. Read his story.
  • Lumin McCutcheon (BCOM) - completed a work term with the Department of National Defence. Read her story. 

Check out the top ten reasons to work for the federal public service to find out what makes the federal government such a great place to work.



Yamini Iyer is currently a fourth-year BCOM student here at the University of Victoria. She has recently completed a co-op term with the Department of National Defence within the Management Systems division and has been a federal ambassador for the past year! She has completed her specialization in Entrepreneurship and is currently completing a work term with the provincial government. She loves working with people and her goal is to help all students explore the various opportunities within the government and help them through the application process!

Please email publicservicecareers@uvic.ca to book an appointment with Yamini.

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