Work Study Program

The Work Study Program provides students with demonstrated financial need the opportunity to meet their educational costs while developing transferable knowledge, skills, and attitudes through part-time, paid work experiences on campus during their registered term.

Funded through the Student Awards Office, qualifying job proposals submitted by departments will receive a reimbursement for wages and benefits paid to approved students.

Work Study Job Posting Instructions

  1. Proposing a New Work Study Job
  2. Re-posting an Existing Work Study Job
  3. Changing Work Study Job Owners
  4. Interviewing Work Study Candidates
  5. Making an Offer and Confirming Work Study Employment
  6. Frequently Asked Work Study Questions

Sample Work Study job posting

Work Study Policies and Procedures exist to provide a fair and efficient process for students, supervisors, and hosting departments.

All supervisors and hosting department administrators should consult the Work Study Policies and Procedures annually to ensure they are being followed correctly.

All Work Study jobs must include 2-5 anticipated learning outcomes to support students in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to move their personal, academic, and professional goals forward. Learn more about writing learning outcomes for work experiences.

In keeping with best practices in experiential learning, all Work Study supervisors should integrate adequate time for goal setting, reflection, and feedback throughout each Work Study job. Learn more about integrating reflection and feedback into student employment.

For questions or support about developing or refining learning outcomes, reflection activities, or feedback opportunities, contact Daniel Poulin, Manager, Experiential Learning Development and Recognition (dpoulin@uoguelph.ca).

Summer Semester 

The Summer recruitment cycle begins in April. New and existing positions submitted in the first 2 weeks of April will be reviewed and approved with a go-live date of in late-April. Existing positions submitted after the go-live date will be reviewed and approved in a priority sequence and will go live as soon as the EL Hub is able.  

Late-April to the start of the semester through the third Friday in June

The second Friday in May

Fall & Winter Semesters

The Fall / Winter recruitment cycle begins in August. New and existing positions submitted in the first 2 weeks of August will be reviewed and approved with a go-live date of the third Monday in August. Positions submitted after the third Monday in August will be reviewed and approved in a priority sequence and will go live as soon as the EL Hub is able.  

Two weeks before the start of the semester through the third Monday in January

The second Friday in September

Questions and Support

Experiential Learning Development and Recognition Team
experience@uoguelph.ca

  • Re-posting jobs
  • Proposing new jobs
  • Integrating experiential learning
  • Experience Guelph system

Student Awards Office
awards@uoguelph.ca

  • Work Study policies and procedures
  • Student eligibility
  • Reimbursements
  • Confirmations of employment

Experience Profiles

  • Kayla is a co-op student at the University of Guelph who is highly engaged on campus with organizations like the College of Business and Economics Students Association (CBESA), College of Business and Economics Dean's Office and JDCC Guelph. Kayla is also involved in the local community Special Olympics and Movember Foundation. During her Co-op terms Kayla worked at Keyspire, University of Guelph Department of Athletics and Kellogg's Canada.