Work Opportunities for International Students

By York University Modified on November 12, 2019

Did you know that you can work while you study at York University?

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A happy York U student has secured one of many work opportunities as an international student.

York University provides international students with many practical education opportunities. These opportunities can help you develop skills to use in the workplace, preparing you for your future career. One of the highlights of studying in Canada as an international student is that you can work with a student visa.

York U provides job postings through their Career Centre, showing you where you can work on- and off-campus. York International also facilitates co-operative education and networking opportunities for international students.

You may also be eligible to work in Canada after you graduate. As a study permit holder, you may qualify to work on-campus or off-campus without an additional work permit. York International can offer you further guidance if this is a part of your academic and career goals.

Career Centre

One of the best ways to prepare for your future career is to visit York U's Career Centre, conveniently located on campus! It is a very useful resource for students looking to develop their professional skills, and provides York students with:

  • workshops;
  • cover letter and resumé critiques;
  • practice interview sessions;
  • peer career educators;
  • employer recruitment events and job fairs.

You can also sit down with an advisor to discuss the careers you want to explore after graduation. The best part is there's no limit to how many appointments you can book — you have support available to you throughout your entire university journey!

Internships and Co-operative Education at York

If you're considering adding an internship or co-op education placement to your degree, York has several options depending on your area of studies. They provide great opportunities to complement your in-class education with hands-on work experience. In many cases, work placements are paid positions, so they can also help to offset the financial cost of university.

There are a few things you need before you participate in a co-op or internship placement. For example, you must get a co-op work permit. Some of the eligibility requirements for a co-op work permit include:

  • You must have a study permit.
  • Your employment must be part of your academic program, certified by a letter from a responsible academic at York.
  • Your intended employment must be an essential part of your program of study in Canada.
  • Your co-op or internship employment cannot form more than 50% (percent) of the total program of study.

Work/Study Program on Campus

There are 1,900 student jobs available on campus every year, giving all York students the chance to start their careers while they're still studying! To be eligible, international students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full time undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program.
  • Have a valid study permit for the period of employment.
  • Meet the specific skills and experience requirements set by the sponsoring department.

York's Work/Study program includes part-time administration jobs; Research at York (RAY) positions where you can join faculty research projects; the Leadership, Engagement & Ambassadorship Program (LEAP) where you work as an ambassador on campus, or York's Internship program.

The Experience York portal makes it easy for you to apply for jobs and experiential learning opportunities, register for programs and track your skills development. This way, you can start adding to your resumé as soon as you start at York University, and prepare for you career early.

Working while studying has many benefits, and we're here to help find the perfect job for you. To learn more about employment opportunities and co-operative education at York University, visit our Working in Canada website or contact us on Facebook or Twitter. We look forward to seeing you on campus next year!