Federal Student Work Experience Program

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) is modernizing to facilitate organizations’ recruitment of top talent and contribute to public service renewal.

As of March 1, 2017, managers can take advantage of the following:

  • Increased capability to match students to managers’ requests
  • Re-hiring students without submitting a request for re-employment to the PSC
  • Set the duration of the student’s employment

FSWEP 2.0 information sessions will be held in February and March 2017. Detailed information can be found at Letters to Heads of Human Resources 17-03.

What is it?

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) offers full-time students real work experience in the federal public service.

We conduct ongoing recruitment and maintain an inventory of students:

  • at all levels: High school, college, technical institute and university students
  • in 14 areas of study and over 250 specializations
  • who indicated interest among 14 job types (agriculture, environment, geography, heritage, parks, client services, policies, programs, projects, etc.)
  • available to work in various cities across Canada

Why use FSWEP?

Because it is:

  • a quick and easy recruitment option for temporary jobs while assisting students to obtain work experience and develop skills
  • access to new, upcoming talent
  • available all year round
  • an opportunity to support your employment equity (EE) strategy by considering students who belong to one or more of the designated EE groups
  • a student employment program that allows for the extension of the duration of your successful FSWEP (CO-OP or Research Affiliate Program) student.

How it works

  1. Complete and submit an FSWEP Request for Students (Updated as of May 18, 2017). Be prepared to: 
    • Sell your job to students
    • Provide text in both official languages
  2. Receive the list of randomly selected student applications that meet your selected criteria and are interested in your job.
  3. Select students to assess, according to the job requirements. Be sure to request proof of full-time student status and citizenship at this point.
  4. Inform the students of the results of your process.
  5. Record the process results for all students with the Public Service Commission.
  6. Hire your student!


We encourage you to consult the FAQ (available to GC employees only) developed as a result of the FSWEP 2.0 WebEx sessions held early 2017.

Offer of appointment

Determine the student's rate of pay based on the Treasury Board’s Student Rates of Pay.

Each offer of appointment sets out all the conditions related to the appointment, as required by the Appointment Policy.

Re-hiring students

Managers can re-hire students who were originally hired through one of the following student employment programs: FSWEP, RAP or CO-OP. Managers would simply need to verify that the student continues to meet the eligibility criteria as described in the Student Employment Policy.

Organizations are now responsible for all re-hire procedures. We invite you to contact your human resources advisor to find out the requirements for student re-hires within your own organization.

Information requirements for FSWEP appointments and re-hires

Organizations are expected to retain the required information, as set out in Annex B of the Appointment Policy that is related to student appointments. This includes, at a minimum:

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