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The Federal Student Work Experience Program

What is the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)?

The FSWEP is Canada’s largest employer, and is the main program where federal organizations recruit and hire students. FSWEP allows students to work for the Canadian government and offers various careers and jobs all over Canada.


What does FSWEP do?

FSWEP provides full-time students valuable, hands-on work experience and allows for many learning opportunities. Students work in offices and laboratories, on ships and farms, at historical sites and national parks, among many other locations in cities and towns across Canada.


Who is eligible to apply?

The FSWP is open to any full-time students who are returning to studies in the next academic year. Students who are in their final year of academic study, and who are not planning on returning to full-time studies have the possibility to work part-time up until the time they graduate.  This program also targets Canadian students who are studying abroad.

Please note that there is a preference given to Canadian citizens who meet the job requirement, but non-Canadians can apply.


How to apply?

There are a few steps to apply to FSWEP, it must be done online and takes around 30 to 60 minutes. 1.) You must login to your Public Service Jobs account or create an account  2.) You must read the job advertisement and select the “Apply online link” 3.) Confirm that you have read the notice and select “continue” 4.) On the “Job applications” page, select every link in the “Requirements” column of the FSWEP campaign box and provide the required information on each page. 5.) To add a departmental program to you application, select the “departmental Programs” link and choose the desired program from the list (skip this step if you do not want to apply to a departmental program). 6.) Select “Submit application” when all pages of your application is complete


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What is the departmental program?

There are various departmental programs that students can apply, and when applying students can select one or more programs. These departments are: Canada Border Service Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada, Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, Canadian Heritage, Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada


Where can I find more information on the FSWEP?

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