How it Works

To qualify as an AWE work term, the position you’re hiring for should be:

  • A consecutive 4, 8, 12, or 16 months of full-time employment
  • Paid at an appropriate salary given the level of responsibility and industry standards for the work (contact our office for more information)
  • Supervised by a professional who is keen to mentor a student
  • Challenging, providing the student with career-related tasks.

Hiring for the Work Term:

  • Posting positions

AWE students are available to start work terms in September, January and May each year. We accept job postings on an ongoing basis but suggest posting opportunities 2-4 months prior to the positions start date to attract the largest applicant pool.

  • Resume, Interviews, and Candidate Selection

Candidate resumes can be collected via your company website, or we can collect them on your behalf and send them to you once your position has closed. When you've selected your shortlist, we can assist you with coordination of your interviews and scheduling candidates. We invite you to host a work experience briefing session and interview your prospective work experience students in one o four private and comfortable interview rooms conveniently located on campus, all of these services are provided to employers at no cost.

During Work Terms:

  • learning objectives

During the first few weeks of employment, your work experience student will be required to set learning objectives for their work term. We encourage you work together to establish mutually agreeable and challenging goals.

  • site visits and evaluation

About 2-3 months into a work term, AWE staff will schedule a site visit with you and the student in order to discuss the student’s learning, progress, performance, and experience thus far. Our goal is to make sure the work term is a mutually beneficial experience for both you and your student.

Ending Work Terms:

Throughout the term your student will be required to submit several blog posts and assignments, which are designed to help students reflect on their learning and develop their professional network. Although they are not required to do so, students may elect to discuss and share some of these materials and activities with their on-site supervisor/mentor.

A few weeks before the work term ends, we will ask employers and students to complete and discuss an end of term evaluation.