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Career Boost Graduate & Law Program

About the Program

The Career Boost Graduate & Law program provides jobs to eligible full-time graduate students or Faculty of Law students at Ryerson.

The program works in partnership with academic units, administrative units, faculty, staff, and students to support the practice and scholarship of learning at Ryerson University. 

The fall 2020/winter 2021 Career Boost Graduate & Law application period is from October 13, 2020 to January 29, 2021.

To participate in the program, students should complete the following steps: 

  1. Review program details and eligibility requirements listed below and apply online through AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window. Please do not apply through the Career Boost application via the Career Boost website as that application is specifically for undergraduate students.

    It is the onus of the student to ensure they meet eligibility requirements, and maintain eligibility requirements.
  2. Once you log onto AwardSpring, if you meet the qualifications, you will be matched to the opportunity under your “Dashboard” and it will appear under “Follow-Ups.” Upon selecting, "Complete Follow-up" you will need to complete the yes/no question that asks if you wish to be considered for the Career Boost Graduate & Law fall 2020/winter 2021 program. You can view screenshots of the AwardSpring process on the google docstudent application guide, external link, opens in new window. Until this is completed, your application is considered incomplete and not submitted.
  3.  Please wait five business days to receive a decision on your application. Approval will be emailed to your Ryerson email by Student Financial Assistance from
  4. Please forward the approval email to your supervisor if you were offered a Career Boost Graduate & Law position.

Am I Eligible?

In order to qualify for the fall/winter Career Boost Graduate & Law program, all of the following criteria must be met: 

  • You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Ontario, or Protected Person.
  • You are officially registered as a graduate student in a full-time graduate program or registered as a full-time law student for the above-noted semesters
  • You have a clear academic standing (waived for first year graduate and law students)
  • You are utilizing at least one of the following funding resources for the relevant above semesters:
    • Government assistance (either OSAP or out-of-province student funding);
    • Line of credit from a banking institution or private lender; or 
    • Accessing Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) funding 

Note: If you are not utilizing at least one of the above mentioned funding resources, you may be asked to provide a written explanation and budget form as to why you did not apply for one of these resources.

You are not eligible for Career Boost Graduate & Law if: 

  • You are an international student. Please visit the Career Boost - International section of the Jobs on Campus web page for information and job opportunities.
  • You are not actively enrolled and attending classes in all relevant above-noted semesters;
  • Will only be attending full-time graduate studies for one semester; 
  • You are graduating in October;
  • You are registered as a part-time student in a graduate program of study for the above-noted semesters; or 
  • You are in a Professionals Master’s Diploma program (PMDip)

Program Details and Significant Dates


Program Details


Fall 2020: October 19 to December 23, 2020

Winter 2021: January 11 to April 9, 2021 (Note: Faculty of Law students also have the option to work from January 18th to April 16th)

Number of Weeks and Hours Per Week

Fall 2020: Up to 9.5 weeks, 15 hours per week
Winter 2021: Up to 13 weeks, 15 hours per week

Up to 15 hours per week - no overtime

Number of Positions Per Student

A student can hold only one Career Boost Graduate & Law position at a time.

Hourly Wage

Minimum $17.88/hour to $22/hour plus 4% vacation pay

Student Eligibility

Please refer to Am I Eligible criteria above.


Significant Dates

October 13, 2020 to January 29, 2021

Students interested in participating in the Career Boost Graduate & Law program for fall/winter must submit an online application via AwardSpring , external link, opens in new windowand receive approval prior to commencing work.

Securing Jobs

Career Boost Graduate & Law job opportunities are available in the fall/winter Career Boost Graduate & Law Students Job Postings section of the Career Boost website. While the application to apply for Career Boost Graduate & Law approval status is on AwardSpring, note that job opportunities are found on the job posting board linked above.

Don’t forget that you need to apply for your Career Boost Graduate & Law approval and apply for job opportunities. These are separate application processes; securing one does not mean that you have satisfied both options. 

Career Boost Graduate & Law: Additional Information 

The Career Boost Graduate & Law program provides job opportunities to current eligible full-time graduate students. The information below will help guide you through the process.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they apply for Career Boost Graduate & Law approval by the deadline date outlined under Program Details and Significant Dates. If a student applies for a position and is offered the position, but has not received final Career Boost Graduate & Law approval, this does not guarantee that the student is eligible for the Career Boost Graduate & Law program.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they maintain all eligibility requirements outlined above for the Career Boost Graduate & Law program, for the entire duration of their position.
  • Approval by Student Financial Assistance does not guarantee that all students will receive a Career Boost Graduate & Law position. It is the student’s responsibility to apply and interview for positions.
  • Students can only hold one Career Boost Graduate & Law position at any time. Students can apply for as many jobs as they wish, however once they’ve accepted a position and have been hired, the student is expected to honour their commitment to one employer.
  • If a student considers any subsequent offers, they may not be eligible for any Career Boost Graduate & Law positions. On a case-by-case basis, students planning to move from one position to another will be required to provide an explanation for the change in positions, and confirm agreement from both employers and Student Financial Assistance.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to enter hours worked into eHR on a biweekly basis, and ensure the employer approves worked hours by the payroll deadline. Monitor your hours to ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of hours allowable per week.
  • Questions regarding payroll, inputting hours, etc. should be directed to Human Resources.
  • Students who receive a Career Boost Graduate & Law position must contact Student Financial Assistance if there is a change in program delivery and/or academic standing which may impact their eligibility. Students will be paid for all work hours already completed but may be required to resign from their position if they are no longer eligible.

Student Responsibilities

Students can use this information as a checklist.

Refer to the Am I Eligible section above for details.

  • Apply for Career Boost Graduate & Law jobs only after receiving an approval through email ( from Student Financial Assistance. 
  • Provide a copy of your approval to the employer at the start of the job interview. 
  • Confirm the work hours and rate of pay during the job interview.
  • Ask the employer for a copy of the job responsibilities.
  • Ask the employer to outline their expectations, protocol for keeping in touch with supervisor, break times (if applicable), and reporting hours worked.
  • Ask the employer how work assignments and supervision of work will be managed. 
  • Submit a request in advance to the employer to change hours worked. Provide an explanation and ask about any consequences if hours or days of work are changed. 
  • Enter hours worked to eHR on a biweekly basis. 
  • Check that the employer approves work hours by the payroll deadlines in eHR. 
  • Monitor hours and do not exceed maximum hours per week.
  • Ask your supervisor regularly for feedback about work performance. 
  • The employer, in consultation with Human Resources, may terminate employment if the student is not meeting job expectations or is frequently absent.
  • Submit the Experiential Learning Reflection Interview at the end of your work term.

Disclaimer: Student Financial Assistance reserves the right to change the listed information and/or program values without notice. The availability and monetary value of the program are subject to change.