International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP)

As an employer, what does the program offer me?

Funding – Do you want to create a new role but need a little help getting it started? Do you have a job opportunity available that would provide an international student with valuable experience? Each summer the International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP) accepts applications from employers looking to hire a student and have that position supplemented under the ISWEP. Approved positions are reimbursed a wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of $4000/position.

How do I get involved in the program?

Application Deadline: Those interested in ISWEP funding for Summer 2017 must apply by February 24, 2017. Online application form available here.

(You will be notified of funding approval by late March)

Application Process and Assessment Criteria

Please provide as much detail as possible about the position summary, duties and career-related skill information. Preference may be given to those departments and/or positions that have not received funding in the past.

All applications are reviewed and ranked by a selection committee based on a number of factors including quality of work experience, hourly salary, number of weeks and hours per week offered. Departments will be notified on the status of the application by late March. Successful departments will be provided with further recruiting and administrative information.

** New This Year **

  • Approved positions must be posted on the U of A Career Centre job board no later than Friday, April 10, 2017.
  • Hires must be made and appointment forms received by ISWEP Program Administration by Friday, April 28, 2017.

Due to awarded funds going unused applicants are asked to request only those funds needed to help ensure as many international students as possible have access to opportunities. Funds awarded and left unused may be taken into consideration in future applications.

Funding and Conditions of Employment

Approved positions will receive a subsidy of $7.00/ hour to a maximum of $4,000/position.

Students hired must be full-time University of Alberta undergraduate international students who pay the differential fee.

Approved positions must comply at minimum with the pay grades in the current collective agreement. All hires must be hired at a minimum of grade 1, step 1.

Participating employers must post approved positions on the U of A Career Centre’s online job board targeting undergraduate international students. Student applications are collected and vetted for program eligibility, and then sent to employers for shortlisting.

For questions about the ISWEP program or other Career Centre programs and services please contact Tonya Whelan, Work Experience Coordinator, at 780-492-3462 or e-mail