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Government of Canada

Students bring innovation, diversity, and high energy to the public sector. In their role, students benefit from work-life balance, ample development opportunities, and competitive salaries. They also have the opportunity to apply for positions throughout the country and attend various networking events. 

Types of Work

If you are interested in finance, there are different areas you could work in: 

  • Accounting Operations:  Responsible for departmental accounting, financial reporting, and financial control policies such as but not limited to those relating to accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • Planning and Resource Management:  Provides guidance in the areas of planning, budgeting, costing and/or reporting to ensure the efficient and effective use of resources.
  • Financial Policy:  Develops compliant financial management policies outlining roles, authority and procedures.
  • Financial Systems:  Documents standard business processes, outlines operational controls or directives to assist in the implementation of financial systems and procedures, and develop and modify departmental financial management procedures.

Finding a Public Service Job

You can find jobs that interest you through the Federal Student Work Experience Program, the Post-Secondary CO-OP/Internship Program, the Research Affiliate Program and other Specialized recruitment programs.  No matter the program, you can develop transferable skills and a network to help you throughout your career. 

Tips for Applying

  • Clearly indicate how you meet all required criteria.
  • Use concrete examples to strengthen your answers.
  • Start early to submit your application before the deadline.

Did you know your time spent as a student could count towards your pension? Learn more about pensions.

Common Questions

Not always. Each position has different language requirements. Some positions are bilingual as they provide services to the general public or they supervise others. Make sure to read all the details of the position or program clearly before you apply.

You do not need to be a Canadian citizen to apply for a position; however, preference is given to Canadian citizens.

Once you have successfully worked for the public service as a student, if the opportunity is available you may be eligible for a full-time position after you graduate. We recommend having a conversation with your manager or supervisor if you are interested in continuing to work for the public service after graduating.

"I loved my student experience and I'm grateful that I can still work with my team now that I’ve graduated. My best advice to future students is to be proactive because your career development matters. If you have an idea you think can help, or need a new task to work on, don’t be afraid to speak up!"
Alex, Junior Analyst, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat