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Queen's University

SWEP - Summer Work Experience Program

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Program Description

Since 1995, the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) has provided Queen’s undergraduate students with an engaging, challenging and rewarding summer work experience. Funded through the undergraduate portion of the Student Assistance Levy, the program encourages creation of on-campus summer jobs that provide valuable experiences for Queen’s undergraduate students. 


To be eligible for SWEP, students must be currently registered in a full-time Queen’s undergraduate degree program AND be returning to a full-time Queen’s undergraduate degree program in the fall (not graduating this year). Please note that concurrent B.Ed (Bachelor of Education) students are eligible. 

Job Postings and Hiring Process

All SWEP job descriptions will be posted online in MyCareer.  You must apply to these jobs through the MyCareer system (see the application companion document for directions on how to upload your resume, create an application package, etc). Each job posting indicates what is required, how to address your cover letter and any job-specific details about how to apply.  Check dates and deadlines for important posting dates and application deadlines. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

After the student application submission deadline, all electronic applications are made available to employers. Employers then commence with the hiring process from their SWEP applicant pool.

Departments will contact students directly with regard to interviews and job offers.

After a student has accepted a SWEP position, they must meet with their employer to sign an employment contract.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the jobs full time? The program does not require that employers submit only full-time positions; however, the vast majority of jobs are for 16 weeks at 35 hours per week. Some employers may offer students some flexibility in when those hours are worked. 

When do the jobs begin? Employment can commence on or after May 1st and must terminate by August 31st. Jobs may run a maximum of 16 weeks in this 18-week window. Actual start and finish dates will depend on the needs of the employer. 

Who does the hiring? The department, faculty, school, or organization which has had its SWEP job proposal approved hires the student. Once the employer has access to the applications they will conduct interviews, select a candidate and make a job offer.

How many student jobs are available? Each year, approximately 155-165 on-campus summer positions are created through SWEP. 

How much do I get paid?  The base rate of $14.00 per hour which includes 4% vacation pay.  

What types of jobs are available?  There are a wide variety of SWEP positions available, and they change every year.  Here are some sample titles of SWEP jobs from past years:

• Aquatic Assessment Biologist 
• Residence Life Assistant 
• Formula SAE Chassis Design 
• Marketing Researcher 
• Genetic Counselling Assistant 
• Interviewer - Oral History Project 
• GPS and GIS for Biological Field Study 
• Legal Research Assistant 
• Aquatic Biomonitoring 
• Computations by neurons 
• Student Auditor 
• News Coordinator 
• Girls Quest Instructor 
• Stage Manager 
• Music Perception and Cognition 
• Linguistics Research Assistant 
• Solar Array Manager 
• Vegetation Ecology 
• X-Ray Data Deconvoluter

Important Dates for SWEP 2013- 2014

December 20
Student application process begins at Career Services 

February 14
Student application deadline 

February 15 
Student applications available to employers 

March 28 
Employer deadline for hiring a student and returning signed contract 

May 1 
Beginning of student work term 

August 31 
End of student work term

How to Apply

Are you an international student?  To work on campus in the Work Study Program students are required to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). NOTE: International students cannot apply for a SIN number until after hired by a Work Study employer.

All students You must apply to SWEP jobs online through MyCareer. To help you with the application process, we have created a companion document to guide you.  Included in this document is a checklist of the steps you must complete to successfully apply for a job, an in-depth explanation of how to complete each of those steps, and tips to make the application process run smoothly.  

To successfully apply for a job, you must

1. Ensure that you are eligible to apply for a SWEP job (you are enrolled as a full-time student, not set to graduate at the end of this year)
2. Create an application package by completing the required documents for each position you are interested in
3. Submit your applications on the Career Services website
4. Confirm you have applied to the job though the MyCareer portal

Please see the accompanying application document for further details.


Student Manual For Work Study & SWEP

Please read the Student Manual  (.pdf, 317 kB) to learn about the details of working in a SWEP position.

This manual will help you understand how to accept a job, what to do after you’ve been hired and before you begin, and the payment process. It is a valuable and informative resource for all SWEP students, and will help you to make a trouble-free transition to your new workplace.



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(opens in December) 

Email SWEP Coordinator


SWEP at a glance

  • For returning Queen's students

  • Most jobs are for 16 weeks, 35 hours per week

  • Approx. 145-150 jobs are created through SWEP each year

  • Student Manual(.pdf, 317 kB)


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