McMaster Work Programs

  • Application Details

  • Fall/Winter
    Work Study
  • McWork
      
  • International
    Student Work
  • Employer
    Information

Application Details

Work programs provide part-time and full-time on-campus employment opportunities for currently registered students who demonstrate financial need. These programs are designed to provide financial aid to students through provision of on-campus employment.

Funding for the Fall/Winter Work-Study Program and McWork is provided by McMaster University. The university has committed a portion of its operating revenues (including income from student tuition) toward the creation of meaningful employment opportunities for our students.

WORK PROGRAMS ...

  • Provide a way to supplement your income while you are studying or during the summer
  • Allow for flexible scheduling in order to make your academics your first priority
  • Are located where you are - on campus, therefore; there are no additional work related costs in time or money
  • Present you with the opportunity to build a relationship with your University
  • Offer you the ability to develop work-related skills and habits
  • Look great on your resume
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    OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE ...

    Job opportunities include (but are not limited to):
  • Research Assistant
  • Daycare Assistant
  • Library Support
  • Website Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Media Library Clerk
  • Personal Trainer/Fitness Leader
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    HOW TO APPLY ...

    1. Find the application through MUGSI by clicking the 'Financial Aid & Scholarships' link and then select 'Work Program Application Forms'. All application steps must be completed by midnight on the application deadline date.
    If automatically approved, review approval form, accept and print. If not automatically approved, submit requested application and supplimentary documentation to SFAS Gilmour Hall, room 120 for processing.

    2. Check MUGSI to monitor the status of your work program application.

    3. Work program job opportunities are currently posted on 'OSCARplus' (Online Student Career And Recruitment) at Student Success Centre: Career and Employment.


    * McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.

     

    The Fall/Winter Work-Study Program

    The Fall/Winter Work-Study Program is available to current, fully registered students who have applied for OSAP for the fall/winter study period.  The work-study application is available online via MUGSI: August 1 - February 28.


    Students from the following programs of study are welcome to apply:

    • Full-time and part-time undergraduate programs
    • Graduate programs
    • MBA
    • School of Medicine
    • Mohawk Nursing Consortium Program
    • Students in any of these programs who are from outside of Ontario are eligible to apply
      • Student must apply for their province’s student aid program
      • Student will be directed to complete a paper work-study application via MUGSI

    The Fall/Winter Work-Study Program assists students who demonstrate financial need to meet exceptional costs, often unexpected, and not recognized under OSAP. It also helps students who lack the resources expected under OSAP criteria or, whose assessed need under OSAP is not met because of loan maximums or, who do not wish to borrow further due to high debt load.

    To be considered for the Fall/Winter Work-Study Program you must:

  • Submit an online application through MUGSI
    be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or 'Protected Person'
  • Be a resident of Ontario in accordance with MTCU guidelines (having lived in Ontario for 12 consecutive months prior to beginning full-time post-secondary studies)
  • Consistently maintain at least 60% of a full course load each term in a degree program during the work-study period at McMaster (40% for students with disabilities)
  • Have a processed OSAP or another provincial government student aid application in the current fall/winter study period on file. You do not need to be a recipient but you must apply!
  • Be a fully registered student in one of the programs of study listed above
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    The McWork Program

    The McWork Program is McMaster’s summer employment program that is available to students who are returning to McMaster in the fall term to continue their program of study. The summer work-study application is available online via MUGSI from March 18 to July 31.
    Students from the following programs of study are welcome to apply:

    • Full-time and part-time undergraduate programs
    • School of Medicine
    • Physician Assistant
    • Mohawk Nursing Consortium Program
    • Students in any of these programs who are from outside of Ontario are eligible to apply
      • Student must apply for their province’s student aid program
      • Student will be directed to complete a paper work-study application via MUGSI

    McWork helps students who demonstrate financial need to meet education costs not recognized under regular federal and provincial programs. It is intended to assist students who lack resources relative to their assessed need and/or who do not wish to borrow further due to high debt load.


    To be considered for McWork you must:

    • Submit an online application through MUGSI
    • Been enrolled in one of the programs of study listed above for the 13/14 academic year
    • NOT be eligible to graduate at either the Spring or Fall Convocations of the current year
    • Be returning to McMaster in his/her program in the next fall session
    • Have applied for OSAP or other government-sponsored loan programs (i.e. StudentAid BC) during the academic year OR can adequately demonstrate financial need

     


    International Student Work Program

    The International Student Work Program is available throughout the year for current full-time undergraduate international students who demonstrate financial need. Access to the work programs for international students is available to upper year students only (3rd year and up). Applications received from first and second year students will not be considered. Full-time employment is available during the summer months; part-time employment is available during the fall/winter study period.Applications open ONLINE through MUGSI March 1st - July 31st for summer work and August 1st - February 28th for fall/winter work-study.

    To be considered for Fall/Winter work-study you must:

  • Submit an online application through MUGSI
  • Be an International student
  • Consistently maintain at least 60% of a full course load each term in an undergraduate degree program during the work-study period at McMaster

  • To be considered for Summer Work you must:

  • Submit an online application through MUGSI
  • Be an International student
  • Have been a full-time student in the most recent fall/winter session
  • Not be eligible to graduate at the Spring convocation nor intend to graduate in the fall
  • Be returning as a full-time undergraduate student to continue your program in the next fall session
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    Employer Information

    Are you a potential employer?

    The Fall/Winter Work-Study Program, McWork and International Student Work Program funding is available to all departments and research areas, including ancillaries with a University departmental or research account.

    Invitations for employer work program proposals are sent out in June for the fall/winter session and in January for the summer session through various e-mail distribution lists. Ensure that your e-mail address is added to one of these lists:

    **g-admast@mcmaster.ca **g-chairs@mcmaster.ca **g-deans@mcmaster.ca
    **g-mgmtgrp@mcmaster.ca

    Details Fall/Winter Work-Study Summer Work
    Employment
    • part-time; averaging 8-10 hours per week
    • may be full-time up to 40 hours per week
    Renumeration McMaster employers will receive $7.50/hr subsidy. This is capped at $750 per term ($1,500/student - September to April). The employer must pay the difference in wages to the student ($11.00/hr as of June 2014). McMaster employers will receive $4/hr subsidy and must pay the difference in wages to the student. The employer must offer at least the current Ontario minimum wage.
    * Proposals are reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFAS) and decisions are forwarded via e-mail. All approved work program positions are advertised through Student Success Centre: Career and Employment.
    Deadline for Work Program proposals
    • June 30
    • January 31
    Jobs Posted
    • August 1
    • March 1
    * Employers must provide a detailed accounting of the work program employment expenditures at the end of the work program cycle to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships. The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships will transfer grant funding (either full or partial) to the account specified on the employer's report.
    Employer Expendure Report
    • sent to employers on April 15
    • must be returned by April 30
    • sent to employers on August 15
    • must be returned by September 30


    Please keep the following in mind:

    • The position descriptions used in work program proposals will be the position descriptions posted by Student Success Centre: Career and Employment. Positions remain posted until employers notify SFAS that positions have been filled or the selected employer deadline has passed.
    • Employers must ensure the student qualifies for work program funding (i.e. has an approved work program form) before hiring (unless you are prepared to continue the student's employment without work program support).
    • Employers must complete the "Employment Authorization" section no later than one week after the student's start date and return to SFAS in GH-120.
    • The employer is required to see the student's Social Insurance Card within three days of hiring.
    • Union agreements may not be contravened and regular employees may not be displaced (i.e. the work program job must not be made possible solely by reducing regular hours or periods of work by existing employees)
    • HINT: For summer work, to ensure the best available pool of students, you should plan to interview and make offers of employment before exams begin in April. Many students will be anxious to know if they have summer employment before they begin exams.

    Employer Guidelines and Application:

    Funding is allocated on a first-come basis.

    Please review the online Employer Guidelines (pdf file) for application instructions, then click on the link below (or copy and paste into your browser) to open the application.

    https://www.oscarplusmcmaster.ca/workStudy/overview.htm


    Roles and Responsibilities:

    SFAS: The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships co-ordinates the process of requesting, approving and advertising jobs for McMaster employers (via the Student Success Centre: Careers and Employment website). Our office also determines student eligibility via application forms, tracks student hires and makes work program funds available to employers for partial reinbursement of the students' payment.

    The Employer: Interviews and hires the student; informs the Office of Student Financial & Scholarships of hires; ensures the student receives orientation, safety and job training; ensures the student understands the terms of employment (pay rate, start and end dates, performance expectations); ensures the student's pay reflects the hours worked and enters the student on the MacVIP System. The employer must also notify the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships if the student is terminated or resigns their work program position.

    If the student's completed work approval form (confirmation that the student has been hired), and/or, the end of cycle expenditure report is not submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships by the deadlines shown above, the employer risks losing the work program subsidy.

    The Student: Is expected to understand and meet the terms of employment; fulfill job requirements; inform the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships of changes in work program status; report earnings on their OSAP application (if applicable) and maintain satisfactory academic standing.

    McMaster's Work Programs are managed by Jill Davren and Anita Knight. Employers are encouraged to contact Jill or Anita with any questions they may have about the programs.

    More questions about work programs?

    See our Work Program FAQ Sheets (Frequently Asked Questions) OR

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