WHAT IS IT?
The Work Study program is an opportunity for current undergraduate and graduate students to work on campus with faculty members and staff to enhance (inter)disciplinary and professional learning. There are over 5,000 positions available each year across both the Fall / Winter term (September to March) and the Spring / Summer term (May to August). There are various resources and supports available to help make the most of the Work Study experience.
There are two streams in the Work Study program:
- The Work Experience Stream is designed to support students in developing and articulating workplace skills and competencies and in building workplace experience and knowledge.
- The Research Experience Stream is designed to support students in developing and articulating workplace skills and competencies, building workplace experience and knowledge and in locating and participating in faculty-led research opportunities.
- The Work Study program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Check the Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network’s Work Study page for full eligibility criteria for the current or upcoming Work Study term.
- Work Study jobs typically require up to 15 hours of work per week to a maximum of 200 hours for the Fall/Winter term (September to March) and 100 hours for the Spring/Summer term (May to August).
Recognition and / or compensation:
- Work Study positions are paid, the Work Study Program minimum hourly rate is $15.50. Units have discretion to pay a higher hourly rate.
- Inclusion in EL is achieved when an experience supports learning for all students. In keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the University of Toronto has a commitment to an equitable learning environment for people with disabilities. It is important to engage in an interactive process to determine the optimal and most appropriate accommodations for individual students engaged in experiential learning.
- If a student requires an accommodation related to a work study opportunity, you may wish to connect with one of the accessibility services offices at the University of Toronto. Staff at these offices will advise you on the disclosure of accommodation requirements as well as support you through the process of determining and negotiating effective accommodations for the student’s individual circumstances.
- Student support offices strive to create a safe and comfortable community where students have opportunities to discuss navigating barriers, find peer support and learn about various academic and social opportunities.
- As an employee of the University, students receive workplace insurance coverage.
- Students engaging in Work Study have general liability coverage through the University.
- Through the Work Study program, students develop their knowledge and skills in areas of interest.
- The work experience students gain through the program allows them to explore how their academic studies translate into career pathways.
- Since students are working on campus, they are generally able to negotiate their work hours to accommodate their course schedule and co-curricular activities with their employer.