Careers: summer employment opportunities
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) offers various positions for students interested in developing new skills and gaining experience. We want to bring you closer to your career goals!
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Here are the top three reasons to apply for Summer Employment Opportunities:
- Learn: Jump start your career, whether you want to learn business skills, use your French language skills, help out in a lab, or work outdoors. Put the knowledge you’ve acquired at school into action.
- Grow: Enhance your skills and expand your network by working on projects, leading initiatives, and sharing your ideas. Transfer the skills you learn to your future school and work experiences.
- Contribute: In addition to advancing your professional and personal skills, you will also give back to your community. Spend your summer working to support the interests of Ontarians!
Summer employment opportunities will be posted on February 28th, 2022. SEO job ads close every Monday and Wednesday from March 15th to April 4th, with one final closing date for the Park Ranger position on June 1st. Please note closing dates vary, depending on the job type.
- The deadline date for each job ad is located at the top left hand corner of the job ad. It will say “APPLY BY:”
- All job ads close at 11:59 PM on the last date specified on the job ad.
Please refer to the “APPLY BY:” date on the job ad. Late applications cannot be accepted. For more information about the jobs available in each career category please visit Types of Student Jobs.
For jobs with more than one closing date, please apply only once. Ensure that you submit your application for the jobs you are interested in before the deadline dates. If you have any difficulty submitting your application, please contact SEO@ontario.ca during the posting period as we cannot provide assistance regarding submission of your application after the job ad deadline date.
Applications are accepted online only. Students must apply directly to job ads on the Ontario Public Service Careers website to be considered for the jobs advertised.
For more information on how to complete your application, including submitting a cover letter and resume, refer to our Student Application Tip Sheet.
If you require a disability related accommodation in order to complete your application, please contact SEO@ontario.ca in advance of the posting deadline.
The application screening process is lengthy; calls for interviews will begin approximately 4 to 12 weeks following the closing of the job ad. Please note, due to the high volume of applications, only applicants shortlisted for an interview will be contacted by phone and/or email.
Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria to be considered for summer employment.
- Student Status*
All summer jobs require you to have a "student" status. A student is defined as someone enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution (currently or for the fall semester) or has graduated within the past six months. If you graduated in December, you could apply for and start a summer student position in the Ontario Public Service up until June of the following year.
You must be a minimum of 15 years of age. Certain positions require you to be at least 18 years old. There is no maximum age limit for applying to summer student positions. Age parameters will be provided on the job advertisements and you must meet all age requirements by May 1st. If you turn 15 (or 18) over the summer you must meet the age requirements by the first day of employment.
- Residency in Ontario
You must be living in the province of Ontario during the term of employment.
- Work status - eligibility to work in Canada
You must be legally entitled to work in Canada. You are also required to have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) upon being hired. If you do not have a valid SIN and would like to obtain one, review the Government of Canada website.
*You are required to indicate your student status and age in the online application form.
You may apply to all jobs you are interested in and that are relevant to your skills and education. You will only be considered for the job ads to which you apply.
To apply for Summer Employment Opportunities, you must submit an individual application online for each student job during the posting period by following the steps below.
Following the submission of your application form, you will be provided with an opportunity to complete a survey. We collect data through a survey to help improve the program and identify potential barriers in the recruitment process.
- Go to our careers site
- Select “Student” from the drop-down menu under the “Career Level” field and click ”SEARCH”
- You may also narrow your search by selecting additional search fields, such as location
- Select the student job ad you are interested in applying for
- Complete the application form with the following information:
- Personal contact information
- Program eligibility requirements
- Work preferences
- Certifications and licenses
- Computer skills
- General and job-specific skills and knowledge
- Mandatory questions are indicated with a red asterisk. Ensure you select an answer or you will not be able to submit your application. To select multiple answers, hold the “CTRL” key (Command key for a MAC) on your keyboard and select all of the options you wish to include in your application.
- Mandatory: You must attach one document with your application. It is recommended you attach a cover letter and resume (maximum of 5 pages in PDF, Microsoft Word, Rich Text (.rtf) or Plain Text (.txt)) as it is a key screening tool used by managers. Demonstrate your skills and/or experience from your school, extracurricular activities and any work or volunteer experience. For tips and guidelines on how to complete a cover letter and resume, check out our tip sheets.
- Click Apply!
- Consider participating in our applicant survey. The survey is not part of the recruitment process and is anonymous. Your participation in the survey will help shape the future success of the program and will contribute to our efforts to build a more diverse, inclusive and accessible Ontario Public Service.
- Review the Student Application Guide for more information.
- Review the resume and cover letter tip sheet, available on our website.
- Contact SEO@ontario.ca for any additional assistance or accommodation during the posting period.
How will I know if my application was received?
- After you submit your application, you will be directed to a “Thank you for applying” page after receipt of your submission.
- If you provided a contact email in your application, you will also receive a confirmation email (remember to check your junk and/or spam mail folders).
- Ensure you check your clutter, junk and/or spam mail folders throughout the recruitment process to make sure that emails have not mistakenly been directed there. Not responding to emails may result in you being excluded from advanced stages of the competition process if hiring managers are unable to contact you.
If you are concerned that your application was not successfully submitted, we recommend you submit a second application. If that still does not result in a confirmation, please contact SEO@ontario.ca during the posting period. We cannot provide assistance with submitting your application after the job ad deadline date.
If you would like to keep a copy of the application you submitted, you will need to copy and save your information prior to submitting. Responses cannot be updated after submitting an application.
The recruitment process
When will I be contacted for an interview?
The application screening process is lengthy; calls for interviews will begin approximately four to 12 weeks following the closing of the job ad. Please note, due to the high volume of applications, only applicants shortlisted for an interview will be contacted by phone or email. See our Interview Tip Sheet to prepare for the interview process.
Please ensure you ask all relevant questions when contacted, such as:
- Ministry and department they are calling from
- Position you are being considered for
- Interview location address
- Interview date and time
- Contact information
Applications may be matched to multiple positions; therefore, you may be contacted by multiple managers for an interview. You may accept multiple interview invitations, be transparent and notify managers if you are interviewing for multiple job positions.
I've been contacted for an interview, what do I do?
You are advised to follow basic etiquette that would apply to attending any job interview.
- Make sure to collect all relevant information you need to know to attend the interview: Virtual/in-person, location address, date/time, which position/ministry etc.
- Prepare for the interview: conduct research on the ministry, branch and program. See the Tools and Resources section for useful information.
- Make sure to arrive on time. Work attire varies per location, but business-attire is usually considered appropriate for an office job interview.
- Interviews in the OPS are conducted in a formal panel setting. Student positions mirror this experience and may have more than one interviewer.
- Make sure to highlight your individual skills and experience including school, volunteer and work. Think about why you are the best person for the job.
- Ask questions.
If you are unable to attend the interview or need to reschedule, please make sure to contact the hiring manager at least 24 hours in advance.
It is your decision about which job offer(s) to accept or decline. Please notify managers in a timely manner if you choose to decline an offer.
Tools and resources
- List of Summer Student Job Types
- Student Application Tip Sheet
- Student Resume and Cover Letter
- Student Interview Tip Sheet
- Sample Office Assistant Job Ad
- Sample Park Ranger Job Ad
- List of Parks with Staff Housing
- Summer Employment Opportunities Program poster - Office
- Summer Employment Opportunities Program poster – Outdoors
- Summer Employment Opportunities Program poster – Parks
- Summer Employment Opportunities Program poster - Inclusion
About the Ontario Public Service