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Summer Job Search

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Work Study:

The McMaster Work Program offers students, who demonstrate financial need, the opportunity of employment on campus. The types of positions available include part-time positions during the fall/winter terms (10 hrs/week maximum) and full-time positions during the summer term. More information can be found on the McMaster Work Program webpage.

Government of Canada – Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP):

The Federal Student Work Experience Program, FSWEP, is a program designed by the Government of Canada to give full-time students to gain employment experience in a federal public service. Opportunities include field work, research, administration, IT, finance, trades, policy, communications and more. To be eligible, you must be a full-time student returning to full-time studies in the next academic year and meet the minimum age requirement in the province of work. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada FSWEP webpage.

Research opportunities:

Whether it is volunteering or paid work, research positions often available at most research intensive universities. Searching through faculty directories and emailing a professor whose research lines with your interests can help you secure a summer research position. Remember to be transparent and indicate whether you are looking for a paid or volunteer position.


A studentship involves summer work on a research project. There are several studentships available both here in Ontario and around the globe.

  List of studentship programs

         NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program

Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Sick Kids

St.Michaels Hospital - Keenan Research Summer Program

Lenenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

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