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Student Work Experience

Relevant work experience is critical to a student’s professional development. It provides an opportunity to put academic theory into practice, to build a student’s network, to gain confidence in their skills and to explore potential career paths of interest.

At Ryerson, we encourage students to evolve and expand their experiential learning opportunities on and off campus. Please find an overview of programs on and off campus for promoting to students and participating in as an employer.

As a faculty or staff member at Ryerson, we encourage you to consider providing a student with an on-campus work experience and there are several program options available, which provide shared funding.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

Funded by the Government of Canada, Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers including Ryerson, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students and are intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

Find out more about application timelines and eligibility

Career Boost Program

Since 1996, Ryerson’s Career Boost Program (formerly Experiential Learning Work Study Program) has been providing eligible students with year-round on-campus paid work opportunities.

The program offers part time job opportunities in Fall & Winter semester for up to 15 hours per week, and full time opportunities in Summer semester for up to 35 hours per week.

Read the Employer Guidelines to learn more about the current Career Boost program details, timelines and employer responsibilities.


How to get involved?

Position request forms are made available on the Career Boost website. Requests to host a student in Summer are made available in January; Fall/Winter hosting requests are taken in July. For further details, see the complete Program Timeline.


Employer Tools

Ryerson Career Boost Program



Career Boost Awards

Since 2014, the Career Boost Awards (formerly the Ryerson Experiential Learning Work Study Awards) has been providing an opportunity to recognize our career boost students’ significant achievements, as well as the contribution of our host employers, who directly mentor, support and impact our students’ professional development.

The awards ceremony takes place annually in late March at the Student Experience Awards, with nominations opening at the start of the calendar year. All current Career Boost employers and student staff will be notified via email when nominations open and we welcome your nominations!

To view last year nominees and winners, view our Career Boost Awards Program Overview

Career Boost International (CBI)

Career Boost International provides part-time, on-campus employment to full-time undergraduate Ryerson students who hold valid study permits and whose educational costs are not covered by Canadian government student assistance programs.

Questions? Contact the Career Boost Program at

Other On-Campus Job Opportunities

Outside of the Career Boost Program, Faculty and Staff looking to recruit students for on-campus positions can post through other on-campus job opportunities

Research Assistant Work Study Program

The Ryerson Work Study Research Assistant program works in partnership with academic units, administrative units, faculty, staff, and students to support the practice and scholarship of learning at Ryerson University and offer experiential learning activities across campus.

For questions on how to get involved, contact Maria Medeiros at from Office of Vice President, Research and Innovation.

Teaching Assistant (TA), Graduate Assistant (GA), Lab Monitor and Invigilator Opportunities

If you are looking for students to fill your TA, GA, Lab Monitor or Invigilator positions, you can post it on the Ryerson Human Resources website. Call HR General Inquiries line at x.5075 for more information.

Career Boost - Off Campus Program

Starting May 2016, Career Boost will be launching an off campus summer work experience program to connect students and recent graduates with paid opportunities at small to medium enterprises in the Greater Toronto Area.

Details of the program are available for interested students and employers. For further information, email 


Job Postings

Students looking for off campus work opportunities, may take advantage of the innovative job search platform, Magnet, a not-for-profit social initiative co‐founded by Ryerson University and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Launched in 2014, Magnet aims to address unemployment and underemployment, specifically as it relates to youth and new immigrants. It connects job seekers to thousands of employers and millions of jobs using a powerful job‐matching technology platform.

Ryerson Career Centre offers all students and recent graduates (up to 5 years out) Magnet profile building appointments with a Resume & Online Profile Advisor.