Working On Campus (Work Study)

I am a Humber College or University of Guelph-Humber INTERNATIONAL STUDENT looking for work on campus

Work Study Positions: Some job postings on campus may be marked "Work Study Only". This means that you must be approved to be work study eligible before you apply for these positions. If you are an International student or do not qualify for Work Study, there are other job opportunities on campus available for you!

On Campus (Non-Work Study) Positions: If you are an International student or not eligible for a Work Study job, there are many other opportunities available. For more information on these roles, read below.

Working on campus while you are a Humber or Guelph-Humber student is a great way to gain valuable work experience, learn about resources and services at Humber, and earn extra cash.

As an international student, to be eligible to work on campus:

  • You must be in satisfactory academic standing
  • You must be a full-time student (minimum 60% course load)
  • You need a Social Insurance Number

Other important things to note:

  • Positions during the academic year (Sept-April) are part-time - you can work a maximum of 24 hours per week
  • Positions during the Summer semester can be full-time to a maximum of 40 hours or part-time to a maximum of 24 hours.
  • Rate of pay is usually $14 and up per hour

It's a good idea to visit Advising & Career Services to have someone look over your resume. Sometimes information that is usually listed on a resume in your home country, may not be considered the norm in Canada (such as including your photo).

In Canada, employers cannot ask about your marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, citizenship, among other grounds of discrimination. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a valuable piece of information which should not be shared with employers until you have been hired.

Many departments will note in their job postings that International students are welcome to apply. We encourage you to apply to these positions first!

Various departments hire students to work including Athletics, Student Life Programs, Residence, Student Learning Services, Indigenous Education& Engagement, The International Centre, Student Recruitment, Humber Libraries, Black Student Support and Engagement, IGNITE, The LGBTQ+ Resource Centre, as well as the academic faculties.

To view jobs available on campus, follow these steps:

  • Visit careerconnect.humber.ca and log in with your MyHumber credentials
  • Click on Jobs > Search > Available Jobs
  • For on campus jobs, under the search bar, there is a "See all jobs" button that drops down more filters. Under Position Type, select On-Campus/Work Study and it will list Work Study positions and non-Work Study positions currently hiring
  • You will need to apply whichever way is described on the job posting you are interested in

For tutorial videos on how to navigate CareerConnect, our job search site where on-campus positions are listed, click here.

Need help with your resume or cover letter? Humber's Advising & Career Services provides free resume reviews and career assessment to help you better identify positions to assist with your personal and professional goals.

You are not eligible to work on campus if you are:

  • A second career student
  • Not in full-time studies
  • Not a Humber or Guelph-Humber student
  • EAP students are not eligible to work on or off campus

It's also a good idea to visit the International Centre to make sure all your paperwork is in order, such as your Social Insurance Number. The International Centre and Career Services run workshops throughout the year, so make sure you stay connected!

Working Off Campus

Working off campus is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience with a Canadian company and work environment. Some of the eligibility requirements include:

  • You must have a valid study permit which has the following remark: May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria
  • You must be a full-time student in a program that leads to a diploma, degree or certificate and the program duration must be at least 6 months
  • You must be enrolled at a designated learning institution (Humber College is one of these)

You must stop working on the day you no longer meet the above eligibility requirements (e.g. if you are no longer a full-time student during an academic session). EAP students are not eligible to work on or off campus.

If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to:

  • Work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and
  • Work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or reading week
  • Retrieved from: www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-offcampus

For more information go to the International Centre website (WORKING WHILE STUDYING).

Before you begin working you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada. The SIN is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. There is no fee to apply for a SIN.

To apply for a SIN, you will need the following documents:

  • Original Passport that is still valid
  • Original Study Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC):
  • A study permit that indicates the permit holder "may accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria" or "may work 20 hrs per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks oif meeting criteria outlined in section 186(v) of IRPR" in Canada

  • Or an Original Work Permit issued by CIC

After you have gathered the required documents you can then visit a Service Canada office in-person. To find the closest Service Canada Office please visit: www.servicecanada.gc.ca.

If all of your documents are in order you will be issued a SIN during your visit.

It's a good idea to visit the Advising & Career Services to have someone look over your resume. Sometimes information that is usually listed on a resume in your home country, may not be considered the norm in Canada (such as including your photo).

In Canada, employers cannot ask about your marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, citizenship, among other grounds of discrimination. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a valuable piece of information which should not be shared with employers until you have been hired.

The Humber CareerConnect Job Search Site has many jobs from off campus employers posted, so it's a great start to check those out. One of the benefits to finding a position through the career portal is that these employers are connected to Humber - they are looking for students and many have had great experiences hiring Humber/Guelph-Humber students in the past and want that to continue.

Read the job description carefully, and apply for the position as stated. Most applications do require a cover letter, and Advising & Career Services can offer tips and advice on how to write an effective one.