The CFIA hires over 250 full-time students each year and offers students work assignments related to their field of study. The CFIA has the flexibility to hire students directly from an educational institution or to recruit through established public service student employment programs like the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program, the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), and the Research Affiliate Program (RAP).

If you are a student at one of Canada's veterinary colleges or a recent graduate in veterinary medicine, visit our Veterinary Student Corner. Here you'll find information on the CFIA's veterinary student initiatives, including summer employment opportunities, and national and international veterinary experiential opportunities.

Co-operative Education (Co-op) Program

The Co-op program is designed to provide post-secondary students enrolled in a Co-op program with work assignments related to their field of study. If you are interested in participating in this program, the first step is to register in a Co-op/Internship Program with your academic institution. Once you are registered, you should consult the notice boards at your campus career centre or Co-op/Internship placement office for public service placement opportunities. Please note that the Public Service Commission (PSC) does not maintain a listing of opportunities on its website.

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

The FSWEP is designed to provide full-time secondary school, CEGEP, college, technical institute, and university students with an opportunity to learn about the public service and gain valuable work experience in their field of study. If you are interested in this program, you should fill out the FSWEP application form which is only available online through the PSC's website. The form is sent electronically to a computerized database and contains all the students who applied to the FSWEP campaign for the current year. Federal organizations looking to hire FSWEP students submit a request to the PSC. The PSC will conduct a search in the database to identify all the students that meet the organization's requirements and the résumés for the qualified applicants will be submitted directly to the hiring manager.

Research Affiliate Program (RAP)

The RAP is specifically designed to give post-secondary students experience in applied research (design, execution, evaluation) when they must attain relevant knowledge and skills in order to graduate. As a student in this program, you are expected to work part-time while attending classes. It is possible for RAP interns to be re-employed as an FSWEP student with the same or different department. For more information about eligibility and how to apply follow the RAP link above.

Indigenous Summer Student Program (ISSP)

The Indigenous Summer Student Program at the CFIA provides secondary and post-secondary students with employment opportunities where they can gain valuable work experience and develop important skills.

This program also includes cultural events with other Indigenous students, skills training workshops, an Indigenous mentor and networking opportunities!

If you are interested in participating in this program, visit our ISSP webpage for more information.

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