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Graduate and Student Programs

The CFIA offers several employment programs that offer graduates and students the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world work experience. Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) is available for recent graduates, while programs such as the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), the Co-operative Education Program, and the Research Affiliate Program are available for full-time students.

If you are a student at one of Canada's veterinary colleges or a recent graduate in veterinary medicine, visit our veterinary student corner. Here you'll find information on the CFIA's veterinary student initiatives, including the Veterinary Student Internship Program, summer employment opportunities, and national and international veterinary experiential opportunities.

Programs for Recent Graduates

The CFIA currently hires recent graduates through Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR).

Post-Secondary Recruitment is run through the Public Service Commission's web site. Opportunities for entry-level positions at the CFIA and elsewhere in the federal public service are posted throughout the year, so check back often!

Programs for Full-Time Students

The CFIA has the flexibility to hire students directly from an educational institution or to recruit through established public service student employment programs like the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program, the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), and the Research Affiliate Program.

The Co-Operative Education (Co-op) Program is designed to provide post-secondary students enrolled in a co-operative program with work assignments related to their field study.

The FSWEP is designed to provide full-time secondary school, CEGEP, college, technical institute, and university students with an opportunity to learn about the federal government and gain valuable work experience.

If you are interested in either program, apply directly to the Public Service Commission by following the above links.

The Research Affiliate Program (RAP) is specifically designed to give post-secondary students experience in applied research (design, execution, evaluation) when they must attain such knowledge and skills in order to graduate. It is also designed to help the government conduct research, retain possession of intellectual property and patents, control the use of information, and promote the transfer of scientific findings. For more information about eligibility and how to apply follow the link above.

The Student Internship Program is an opportunity for students to gain work experience and training, be reimbursed for their tuition, and possibly get a full-time job when they finish school. The use of this program is at the sole discretion of managers, and when available is advertised on The CFIA provides an annual paid work-term, appropriate training, and tuition reimbursement. The students must complete this work term satisfactorily; complete an annual assignment planned and designed by the CFIA; and agree, upon graduation, to accept, if offered, a minimum term of employment commensurate with the amount of tuition paid by the CFIA.

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