COVID-19 Summer Job Search

Your summer job search might look a bit different this year as we are still working through many uncertainties related to the global pandemic. Here are some resources specifically designed to support students in their summer job search amid COVID-19.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The federal government will cover 100% of wages for post-secondary students hired under this program.  If you are reaching out to employers for opportunities, you'll want to make sure they are aware of this funding.

Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program

These 16-week internships are open to main campus students in any faculty. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities, including literature searches and reviews; data analysis; assistance with manuscripts; and more!


Other Government Student Supports

Western's USC and other student-run associations have been advocating for more financial supports for students during COVID-19. Here are some of the recently announced support packages.

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Canadian Emergency Student Benefit
$1250 per month for four months to eligible students and 2020 graduates.

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Canada Student Service Grant
Up to $5000 tuition grant for students who volunteer in their community.

Increased Fall Financial Aid
Doubling of grants, relaxed eligibility, and increased loan limits.



Your Job Search Checklist


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Start looking for employers and organizations that are still hiring. Consider companies that are already fully remote.

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Reach out to employers who have participated in the Canada Summer Jobs program in the past to see if they are hiring summer students again.

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Post on social media about the kinds of skills you might have or want to develop and ask your network for help.

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Review our job search page for additional tips; prepare your resume and cover letter; and practice your interview skills.

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Don’t go at it alone. We are here for you, so please reach out for support.

Sample Email to Employer for Summer Job 

Subject line: Summer Job Inquiry

Dear: [ Address to an individual if you have a contact or simply use subject line as above ]

I came across [ name of organization ] while researching options for summer employment in [ area/industry of interest ]. Given the current situation with COVID-19, I'm wondering if you will be hiring summer students this year.  I am a [ insert skill/characteristic ] and [ insert skill/characteristic ] student and I am very interested in opportunities you may have beginning [ insert date ].  

I also wanted to bring your attention to my eligibility for funding under the new Canada Summer Jobs program being offered by the Federal government, which means that 100% of my wages would be covered through this program. 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Your name ] [ Cel no. ]