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
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.
Canadian Emergency Student Benefit
$1250 per month for four months to eligible students and 2020 graduates.
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.
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.
Post on social media about the kinds of skills you might have or want to develop and ask your network for help.
Don’t go at it alone. We are here for you, so please reach out for support.
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.
[ Your name ] [ Cel no. ]