Across the University of Toronto, over 4000 students participate in the Work Study Program every year! Twice a year (fall-winter and summer), the Work Study Program offers paid, on-campus positions that provide you with an opportunity to deepen your knowledge, strengthen your skills and explore how your academic studies translate to career possibilities. All Work Study positions are Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognized.
The University of Toronto offers 2 Work Study streams:
- The Work Experience Stream is designed to support students in developing and articulating workplace skills and competencies and in building workplace experience and knowledge. These positions are supervised by staff, faculty or librarians and include opportunities to explore and reflect on how academic studies connect to workplace competencies and how the Work Study experience translates to career possibilities.
- The Research Experience Stream is designed to support students in locating and participating in faculty-led research opportunities. These positions provide students with the opportunity to undertake or support a research project under the direction of a faculty member and involve the application of foundational methodologies and / or theories within a research field. They also include opportunities to explore and reflect on how academic studies connect to workplace competencies and how the Work Study experience translates to career possibilities. Research Experience Stream roles will vary in their required qualifications but seek to provide research opportunities for students with various levels of experience in research, including entry-level.
Why participate in the Work Study Program?
The Work Study program has your learning at the centre of the experience. All Work Study students are expected to set learning goals for their experience to help ensure you are intentional about what knowledge and skills you want to strengthen and develop in your role. To help you, we recommend completing the activities in the Work Study eModule series (or Professional Development Workbook) and consider some of the career workshops available on your campus (go to the Events & Workshops CLNx page and select your campus). The eModules/Workbook are optional and your supervisor may choose to support your learning goals in another way.
To participate in the Work Study Program, you must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a University of Toronto student
- Graduate students must be registered as defined by their college / faculty in order to be eligible
- Students are permitted to accept only ONE Work Study position per program period
- International students are subject to additional eligibility criteria and are strongly encouraged to refer to the Centre for International Experience to confirm they meet all of the Government of Canada regulations regarding on-campus work
- Non-degree students are ineligible for Work Study
- Students doing a placement (e.g., co-op work term) are ineligible for Work Study
- Students registered in the Toronto School of Theology are ineligible for Work Study
Fall/Winter 2023-24 Course Load:
- Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 2.0 FCE* (full course equivalent)
- Graduate students must be registered for the fall and winter sessions
Summer 2023 Course Load:
- Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 0.5 FCE (full course equivalent)
- Graduate students must be registered for the summer session
*Students who self-identify as having a disability are eligible to participate in the Work Study program at a reduced course load during the Fall/Winter cycle. To request course load requirement accommodations for the Work Study program, please reach out to email@example.com for consideration.
Learn more about program requirements and verify your eligibility here.
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