Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship Program

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Choose the Government of Canada — the top student employer in Canada — for your next co-op/internship placement. Gain hands-on experience, benefit from a diverse and inclusive workplace, and kick-start a meaningful career that spans hundreds of fields and offers thousands of jobs across the country. Find out about rates of pay.


To be eligible for a public service job through this program, you need to meet these 3 requirements:

  • you must be a full-time student registered in a post-secondary co-op/internship program that is on our list of validated institutions and programs
  • your work term must be mandatory for graduation
  • you must meet the minimum age required in the province/territory of work

This includes students with full-time status classified by their school as having physical or emotional disabilities, and some adult secondary school students. Learn more about whether you’re eligible.

Note: Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who meet the job requirements.

How to find a placement through the program

Contact your school’s co-op/internship program coordinator and ask about public service work opportunities.

Once you apply to a job placement, if you’re selected for further consideration, you may be invited to write an exam and to participate in an interview.

Students with disabilities: request support

If you have special assessment needs, we want to make sure that you have the support you need to fully demonstrate your abilities. If you’re contacted for a test or interview, ask the hiring manager for accommodation measures. This information will be kept confidential.

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