Work/Study Programs

Work/Study Programs (On-Campus Employment)

About Work/Study Programs

Our Work/Study Programs give eligible undergraduate students paid, on-campus work that develops professional skills and contributes to the University. Enrich your classroom experiences and get support and tools needed to develop competencies that will contribute to your long-term personal and professional success.

Eligibility

You must complete the Work Study Application for each academic session in which you seek a Work/Study position.

The University reviews your application and lets hiring units know if you are eligible to work. Eligibility to hold a Work/Study position does not guarantee an employment offer.

If you withdraw from your studies during the academic session or fail to meet the criteria listed below, you are no longer eligible for the Work/Study program and must resign from your position.

Fall/Winter 2024-2025 Work Study Application Period

The application for Work/Study, LEAP and RAY programs opens from July 15, 2024 to February 21, 2025.

You must:

  • meet the skills and experience requirements set by the department or unit in which you would like to work
  • be a full- or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program as follows:

ACADEMIC SESSION

ACTIVITY LEVEL

DO YOU HAVE A DISABILITY?

SESSIONAL COURSE LOAD REQUIREMENTS

Fall/Winter

(September-April)

Full-time

No

At least 18 credits

AND

No less than 6 credits in each term

   

Yes

At least 12 credits in the session

AND

No less than 3 credits in each term

 

Part-time

No

At least 12 credits in the session

AND

No less than 6 credits in each term

   

Yes

At least 6 credits in the session

AND

No less than 3 credits in each term

Summer

(May-August)

Full-time

No

At least 9 credits in the summer session

OR

At least 6 credits in the previous winter term AND will be returning to undergraduate studies in the following fall/winter session

   

Yes

At least 6 credits in the summer session

OR

At least 3 credits in the previous winter term AND will be returning to undergraduate studies in the following fall/winter session

 

Part-time

No

At least 6 credits in the summer session

OR

At least 6 credits in the previous winter term AND will be returning to undergraduate studies in the following fall/winter session

   

Yes

At least 3 credits in the summer session

OR

At least 3 credits in the previous winter term AND will be returning to undergraduate studies in the following fall/winter session

You must:

  • have a valid study permit for the employment period
  • meet the specific skills and experience requirements set by the department or unit in which you would like to work
  • be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program as follows:

ACADEMIC SESSION

ACTIVITY LEVEL

DO YOU HAVE A DISABILITY?

SESSIONAL COURSE LOAD REQUIREMENTS

Fall/Winter

(September-April)

Full-time

No

At least 18 credits

AND

No less than 9 credits in each term

   

Yes

At least 12 credits in the session

AND

No less than 6 credits in each term

Summer

(May-August)

Full-time

No

At least 9 credits for the summer session

OR

At least 9 credits in the previous winter session AND will be returning to full-time undergraduate studies in the following fall/winter session

   

Yes

At least 6 credits in the summer session

OR

At least 6 credits in the previous winter session AND will be returning to full-time undergraduate studies in the following fall/winter session

Restrictions

You can accept only one Work/Study position per session.

If you are a non-degree student — for example, a visiting student or attending York on a Letter of Permission — then you are not eligible for a Work/Study position.

You cannot hold a Work/Study position in the same term as when you hold a NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Undergraduate Student Research Award or its equivalent.

Types of Work/Study Positions

Staff mentor you and give you experiential on-the-job training and guidance while you support departments and faculties in a variety of clerical, administrative and technical roles.

Leadership, Engagement and Ambassadorship (LEAP) hires undergraduate students for positions such as YU Start Leaders, Student Recruitment Ambassadors and Peer Educators/Mentors.

Develop skills such as leadership, peer mentoring and peer support. There is less clerical work than in most Work/Study positions — usually less than 20% of a LEAP worker’s time is spent on clerical work.

Research at York (RAY) hires undergraduate students to work on research projects with faculty and other students.

Get hands-on research experience and the chance to support our faculty with their research.

Becoming YU

Students who take a Work/Study or LEAP position also participate in our Becoming YU program.

Becoming YU helps you:

  • create meaningful personal and professional goals and objectives
  • recognize the value of your personal, academic and professional experiences
  • identify your competencies and skills
  • promote yourself with confidence.

Responsibilities

As a Work/Study student, you are a valued York University employee and have important responsibilities. You are expected to:

  • actively participate in the Becoming YU program
  • complete your assigned duties
  • inform your supervisor about your availability to work the agreed-upon hours
  • immediately tell your supervisor if you are unable to honour your work commitments and try to arrange a more workable schedule
  • immediately inform your supervisor if you withdraw from your studies during the academic session — you will no longer be eligible for the Work/Study Program and must resign from your position.

Salary

Hourly rates vary with the job, responsibilities and your work experience. You can see the salary range on the job posting and/or when you interview for the position.

The hiring department pays you through York’s payroll system. Your employer gets a York employee number for you, keeps track of the hours you work and submits a payroll timesheet on your behalf every two weeks. Discuss any concerns about your pay with your employer.

Student Financial Services does not pay students and cannot adjust your pay.

If you are a York employee, search and apply through the YU Hire Employee Career Portal (your Passport York login is required).

If you are not a York employee, search yorku.ca/jobs.

You can quickly narrow your search with the Affiliation field in the Search for a Job area of the tool: choose Work Study and/or and Work Study - LEAP.

Search for and Apply to RAY Positions

You can find RAY positions on our Career Centre’s Experience York system.

  1. Log in to Experience York (your Passport York login is required).
  2. Click Search Postings.
  3. Click York University Career Centre Job Postings.
  4. Click Job Search.
  5. Choose RAY in the Position Type drop-down menu.
  6. Click Search Job Postings.

To apply, follow the instructions in the bottom of the Application Information box.

Information for Staff and Faculty Members

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