International Student Work Experience Program

For On-Campus Employers only

The International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP) is an on-campus employment program designed to provide full-time international students at Dalhousie with valuable career readiness training and paid work experience.

ISWEP provides on-campus employers with the opportunity to create meaningful on-campus jobs for international students that are fully funded at $14/hr for 100 hours per term. The ISWEP program will be offered for the Fall and Winter terms for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years.  

Potential employers can find out more information by e-mailing to be added to the ISWEP mailing list.  

How it works
Learn more about the ISWEP program and how to support your student employee in this short ISWEP Information session for Employers (Video).

Important Dates:  Winter 2022

  • ISWEP job posting applications must be submitted to myCareer by October 29, 2021.
  • Eligible job postings will be approved by the ISWEP program by November 5, 2021.
  • Employers can recruit students for the winter term from November 8 – 26, 2021.
  • The deadline for submitting the ISWEP eligibility form is January 7, 2022.
  • Winter student hires are required to complete their 100 hours between January 2 and March 12, 2022 (please note that this is a hard deadline due to the end of the fiscal year and reimbursement processes).

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

Student Eligibility

All international students with a valid study permit (that allows for up to 20 hours of on campus/off campus) and a Social Insurance Number (SIN) who are registered as full-time students (generally 9 credits hours, or 3 credit hours if it is their last term) are eligible to participate. 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 Carleton campus are all eligible to participate in the program.

For more information, please reach out to

Resources for Employers:

Employer Guide to creating ISWEP job posting on myCareer

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.

What is the breakdown of student renumeration through ISWEP?

ISWEP will cover the hourly rate ($14/hr) plus benefits (4% vacation pay).  The department can choose to top up the student's salary to more than $14/hour.

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?

Ideally, students should start working from the first day of classes of each term until the last day of classes. However, employers may start students a week earlier or extend the work period by a week. Any other extensions should be brought to the attention of the On-Campus Employment Coordinator.

How will hiring departments receive the ISWEP funds?

Please charge ISWEP payments to your operating budget. 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 Student Accessibility Centre.

Can we hire the same person for fall and winter?

Every ISWEP position must go through the approval process on myCareer each term. If your job submission was approved in the fall, does not guarantee approval for the winter. You must go through a new competition process including recruitment and selection for each job each term.

Can one student have more than one ISWEP position per term?


Can we pay more than $14/hr for a position?

ISWEP would cover a maximum of $14/hour (to a maximum of 100 hours/term), you can decide to top this up from your departmental budget.