Arts Work Experience Program


Benefits to your organization:

  • A great opportunity to hire knowledgeable and energetic students to fill your short term staffing needs
  • Help to shape your industry's incoming workforce
  • Preview future graduates and build for the future
  • Play an essential role in the professional development of a student as they transition to the world of work!

What are the requirements of a work experience position? To qualify as a work experience, opportunities must be a consecutive 4, 8, 12 or 16 months and must be paid at industry standard rates (resources to help determine rate of pay can be provided on request). Positions must be skill building and career oriented. For more specific information on how to get involved, please click here.

What are the responsibilities of a Work Experience Employer? As a work experience employer, your responsibilities are generally no different than hiring any temporary employee, with the added benefit of a campus contact from the Faculty of Arts who will informally monitor work experience student progress and do a follow-up site visit with the supervisor once during each work term. There is a mentorship component to the program and AWE students and their supervisors are asked to identify learning objectives at the beginning of the work term to be worked on throughout their work term.

How do I get involved? If you have any questions or would be interested in posting a work experience opportunity, you’re invited to contact Tonya Seto, Employer Relations Advisor with CAPS at 780-492-3462 or For detailed information about the AWE Program and CAPS services for employers please visit our website at