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Opportunities at Ryerson

Get involved! The opportunities that you find at Ryerson not only provide experience you can use on your resume or in an interview, but also allow you to build, strengthen, and expand your professional relationships. Through volunteering, joining a student organization, or accessing one of the zones at Ryerson, you get to:

  • meet and learn about people in other disciplines, and about their career interests and goals

  • develop the skills employers want, such as people, leadership, communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills

  • allow others to learn about your career interests, skill sets, and strengths

  • work towards a common goal
Join a Student Group, Course Union, or Team

There are many groups on campus run by students for students, where you can be an active or executive member. Many of these groups organize events where you can use and develop skills that are critical for the workplace, meet industry professionals, participate in competitions, and/or work towards achieving a goal that looks great on your resume.

To learn what student groups, course unions, and interest-based groups exist at Ryerson, visit:

  • Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) — home to over 150 social, cultural, religious, and interest-based student groups, course unions, and graduate student associations
  • Ryerson Arts Society - represents all full-time undergraduate students within the Faculty of Arts
  • Ted Rogers Students' Society — an umbrella organization to 33 course unions and special interest groups in the Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Ryerson Communication & Design Society — represents all full-time undergraduate students within the Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Ryerson Engineering Student Society — an umbrella organization to over 30 course unions, design teams, chapter organizations, and hobby groups in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Ryerson Science Society — represents all full-time undergraduate students within the Faculty of Science


Volunteer on Campus

If you don’t have the time to commit to a part-time job, but you’re looking for ways to gain experience, develop your skills, meet people, and lend a hand, many student groups and departments on campus could use your support as a volunteer. Here are a few ways to start:

  • Register with Volunteer Link — a Ryerson initiative to connect students to volunteer opportunities across Student Life, both on and off campus

  • Contact your department or course union to learn of volunteer opportunities within their office or at upcoming events

  • Discover on your own opportunities posted through Volunteer Toronto or Charity Village


The Value of Strategic Volunteering (3:08min)

How Volunteering Can Help You Get a Job (1:03min)

Get in Zone Learning

Zone learning provides you with valuable opportunities and resources to help you take your ideas from initial stages to commercial viability and a sustainable new business or venture. At the heart of this is hands-on learning and providing the support for you to make your own opportunities.

Zones at Ryerson include:

  • Biomedical Zone
  • Centre for Urban Energy
  • Digital Media Zone
  • Design Fabrication Zone
  • Fashion Zone
  • iBoost Zone
  • Launch Zone
  • Legal Innovation Zone
  • Social Ventures Zone
  • Transmedia Zone

Learn more about zone learning, the many zones that exist, and how you can get involved.



Fashion Zone at Ryerson University (3:41min)

Ryerson Social Ventures Zone (1:27min)

Ryerson University Digital Media Zone (6:43min)

Work on Campus

Various part-time and summer jobs are offered to Ryerson students throughout the academic year. These positions offer you the opportunity to:

  • Work around your course schedule
  • Earn money
  • Meet new people, some even outside of your own discipline
  • Gain hands on learning
  • Apply your skills and initiate ideas to further the community
  • Develop transferable soft skills such as communication, organization and punctuality, all valued by employers


Many departments employ students. To learn what positions are available, research the department’s website or view the on campus job postings online.

View Career Compass for more tips from career experts, industry professionals and alumni.