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 ambassadors Jessica Weir (left) and Katrina Wittenberg (right) are here to connect you to opportunities with the Government of Canada.
Federal government student ambassadors Jessica Weir (left) and Katrina Wittenberg (right) are here to connect you to opportunities with the Government of Canada.

Attend a hiring or information session

Interested in a career with the Government of Canada? Attend an upcoming hiring or information session with representatives from a wide variety of departments and career areas! Email yamini.iyer@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca with your name, program of study, and sessions you'd like to attend to register, or for more information. You can see the full schedule of sessions below.

May 24

12 PM - 1 PM

Canada Border Services Agency Travellers Transformation Directorate

May 25

12 PM - 1 PM

Canada Border Services Agency Intelligence and Enforcement Operations Division - Pacific Region

May 26

12 PM - 1 PM

Canada Border Services Agency National Officer Recruitment Program

May 31

12 PM - 1 PM

Department of National Defence (Civilian) Royal Canadian Navy

June 1

12 PM - 1 PM

Department of National Defence (Civilian) Royal Canadian Navy

June 21

12 PM - 1 PM

Government of Canada PacifiCan

June 23

12 PM - 1 PM

Canada Border Services Agency Employment Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

 June 28

12 PM - 1 PM

Canada Border Services Agency Corporate, Programs, and Integration Management Division

June 30

12 PM - 1 PM

Canada Border Services Agency Western Portfolio, National Real Property and Accommodations Directorate

Want to connect?

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

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. 
  • Sarah Atkinson (Political Science) - completed work terms with Global Affairs Canada, Embassy of Canada, Asia-Pacific branch. Read her story.
  • Kirsten Krajnc (Civil engineering) - completed a work term with Indigenous Services Canada. Read her story.
  • Meghan Corbett (MPA) - completed work terms with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Privy Council Office. Read her story.
  • Juraj Kobzik (MPA) - completed work terms with the Government of Canada’s Department of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs (CIRNAC), Treaties & Aboriginal Governance division. Read his story.
  • Yamini Iyer (BCOM) - completed work terms with the Government of Canada and as a Federal Government Student Ambassador. 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.

 

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Jessica Weir is currently a first year Education student at the University of Victoria, where she previously completed a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She has completed one co-op term with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as an Aquatic Laboratory Technician and one FSWEP contract position with Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada as a Student Research Assistant. Jessica understands how important co-op terms can be for learning hands-on skills and making connections with experts, and she is very excited to help students find these opportunities that will advance their skills. She looks forward to helping you find jobs with the Government of Canada that align with your interests and career goals, and guiding you through the application process. 

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

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Katrina Wittenberg is currently in her last year studying Biochemistry and pursuing a minor in Business here at the University of Victoria. She has completed two co-op terms with Environment and Climate Change Canada as a Microbiology Lab Technician. Katrina’s role is to assist students with applications and the interview process within the Government of Canada by using the knowledge she gained while on co-op. She enjoys watching students pursue and achieve their goals and looks forward to helping students find job opportunities within the Government of Canada.

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

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