International Student Work Experience Program

For on-campus employers only

Dalhousie University has committed to launching a program- ISWEP in 2020 to support international student success by providing valuable career readiness training and professional work experience. 

The International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP) is designed to provide full-time international students at Dalhousie University with pre-employment preparation and on-campus paid work experience.

Workshop and Training for the International Student Work Experience Program will be delivered by Career Services & the International Centre 

Employer partners will be provided an Employer Guide to the International Work Experience Program

Important Timelines

  • Dalhousie Employer partners will be invited to participate in program orientation & training workshops to learn about ISWEP October 15th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Collaborative Health Education Building in room C266. 
  • ISWEP job postings should be submitted to MyCareer by November 8th 2019
  • Winter placements begin between January 6th and January 8th 2020
  • Employer feedback survey for the winter placements will be sent out on March 31st2020
  • Report on employer feedback for the winter term will be shared on May 30th2020


The rate of pay for ISWEP jobs is $14/hour for a 100 hours per semester for each student.

Student eligibility

All full-time students with a valid study permit that allows for up to 20 hours of on campus/off campus work are eligible. The International Centre and the Registrar’s office will be available to assist in verification of student status.

Please note: Permanent residents are not eligible to apply.

International undergraduate and graduate students registered at the Truro, Studley, Sexton and Carlton campus are all eligible to participate in the program.

Placement details

The initial phase of the program seeks to provide placements to 140 international students over the winter and summer terms.

Winter 2020: 70 placements
Fall 2020: 70 placements
The students will complete 100 hour work placement over 12 weeks (per term)

For questions or concerns, please reach out to the ISWEP program coordinator, Timi Idris, via email at


ISWEP Eligibility & Declaration Form [PDF-633KB]

Co-curricular Competencies [PDF-102KB]

An Employer Guide (Courtesy of MSVU) [PDF-8.6MB]

Examples of employment opportunities

Students helping students

Includes positions where students assist other students directly or through supporting curricular or Co-Curricular programming.  

Job titles may include:Peer advisor, athletic services assistant, Library assistant, Student ambassador etc.

Co-Curricular competencies may include:Appreciating diversity, Effective communication, Collaboration, Leadership development, Enhanced Self Awareness, Social responsibility.


Students use acquired knowledge and skills to participate in research in a lab, classroom, or library setting to assist the research mandate of the university 

Job titles may include:Lab assistant, Research assistant, Archival assistant

Co-Curricular competencies may include:Research skills, Collaboration, Intellectual growth, Intentional learning, Effective communication.


Roles with responsibilities to assist with finance, administrative and organizational functions, including customer service support.

Job titles may include: Event planner, Marketing assistant, Web designer, IT support, Finance/Admin assistant, Customer service support, Project coordinator.

Co-Curricular competencies may include:Professionalism, Develop meaningful interpersonal relationships, Effective communication, Enhanced self-awareness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who interviews, recruits and makes a job offer to students?

The hiring department/division/unit

When should ISWEP declaration forms be submitted?

While the deadline for submission for the Winter term is Jan 13, 2020, we kindly ask that you submit the forms as soon as you can.

What is the breakdown of student renumeration through ISWEP?

ISWEP will cover the hourly rate ($14/hr) plus benefits (4% vacation pay)

Who is responsible for setting the student up for payroll?

Same as you would do for any other student employee, the hiring department/division/unit is responsible for setting up the student's payroll as well as signing and submitting their timesheets once they start working.

When should students start and stop working?

For the Winter 2020 term, students should ideally start working the week of Jan 6th and stop by March 31st. However, the start and end date can be extended by a week. Any other extensions should be brought to the attention of the ISWEP Coordinator.

How will hiring departments receive the ISWEP funds?

Disbursement of ISWEP funds will be as a year end (March 31st) reimbursement.

Can students with disabilities registered in less than 9 credits participate in ISWEP?

This will be determined on a case by case basis by the Career Services department in consultation with the Accessibility Centre