An international student does not require a work permit in Canada when the employment is “on campus.” However, the student must meet several conditions to qualify for “on campus” work. To accept “on campus” work, an international student must:

Locating Opportunities for On Campus Work

There are several strategies for locating on campus employment opportunities. Note that you should start your search for employment prior to the beginning of the study term, as you will need a job offer before you can apply for a Social Insurance Number. Below are four ways to find “on campus” work.

  1. Carleton University Career Services
    You can browse Career Services’ online job boards on mySuccess (login via Carleton Central) for internship opportunities and apply for on-campus, volunteer, co-op, part-time, full-time, and summer positions. While most departments do post job opportunities on mySuccess, there are others who do not. These include Athletics, Dining Services, the Library, and the Bookstore (apply in person). If there is a particular department that you would like to work with, visit them in person along with a copy of your resume. Career Services offers one-on-one career counselling sessions on a variety of topics including: identifying key connections between your degree, interests, and future career paths, job search strategies, networking information, resume and/or cover letter reviews, mock interviews, interview preparation, post-graduate education information, and access to a wide range of job search resources. If you are interested in working while in Canada, be sure to visit the Career Services website or drop by the Career Centre, located in 401 Tory Building.
  2. Career Services posts on-campus part-time job and work-study opportunities for various departments and services. You can register online at Carleton Central and search job listings on mySuccess. While most departments do post job opportunites on myCareer, there are others who do not.  These include Athletics, Dining Services, the Library and the Bookstore (apply in person).  If there is a particular department that you would like to work with, visit them in person along with a copy of your resume.  Career Services offers resume/cover letter review service, mock interviews, workshops and career counselling and access to wide range of job search resources. If you are interested in working while in Canada be sure to visit the Career Services web site or office in room 401 Tory Building.
  3. Faculty and Departmental Student Work Positions
    Ask the administrator of your faculty or department if student work positions are available, and how to proceed with the application process.
  4. Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA)
    As a student at Carleton University, you are member of CUSA and eligible to apply for the many employment opportunities associated with CUSA operations, Clubs & Societies and student run services such as Rooster’s Café and Oliver’s Pub. Visit the online CUSA job listing site to see current employment opportunities.
  5. Work Study Program
    The Work Study Program is a financial aid program intended to supplement the resources of students who are in financial need and have the fewest financial options by providing part-time employment on campus. Work study opportunities are posted to MySuccess and the CUSA Work-Study Listing. Details on how to qualify for the work study program are available from the Awards Office.