How it Works

Our students are available to start work terms beginning in January, May or September for four, eight, 12 or 16-months in duration. Our work terms follow the university's academic calendar. We generally recommend that employers start their recruitment process approximately 3-4 months in advance of their proposed start date. For September starts it is recommended to start the recruitment 5-6 months in advance as students will be on campus and more active in the job search during that time.

Here is a suggested recruitment schedule based on student availability:

Requirements for Work Terms:

All positions must:

  • Be full-time hours (min 30 hours per week maximum 40 hours per week), and a consecutive of four, eight, 12 or 16-months in duration. It is possible to extend the duration, but the work term cannot exceed 16-months as per university policy.
  • Paid at industry standard rates. Must be at least minimum wage. If you are unsure how to determine the rates of pay, please contact us.
  • Be in a professional workplace setting
  • Provide a supervisor or mentor who oversees the student's work and provides regular feedback to allow the student to learn and grow throughout their term.
  • Complete a mid-term and final evaluation with the student as well as a site visit (in person, via phone or video chat) approximately 4-6 weeks into the work term.

Responsibilities of the Employer:
Your responsibilities are generally no different than they would be when hiring any temporary employee, with the added benefit of a campus contact from the Faculty of Arts. AWE staff will informally monitor work experience student progress and do a follow-up site visit with the supervisor once during each work term. There is a mentorship component to the program and AWE students and their supervisors are asked to identify learning objectives to be worked on throughout their work term.