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Government of Canada

Applying for a Public Service Job

Students bring innovation, diversity, and high energy to the public sector. In their role, students benefit from work-life balance, ample development opportunities, competitive salaries  and benefits. Additionally, time spent as a student can count towards your pension. They also have the opportunity to apply for positions throughout the country and attend various networking events. 

If you are a student currently enrolled in a secondary and post-secondary institution, you can apply with the Government of Canada through one of the following specialized programs:

Review each program carefully as they have specific application requirements.

We are currently hiring a Student Financial Analyst for all departments and agencies across the public service.

If you are a recent graduate from a post-secondary institution, you can apply with the Government of Canada through one several Specialized Graduate Recruitment Programs. Review each carefully as they may have distinct entrance requirements.

No matter the program, you can develop transferable skills and a network to help you throughout your career


The application process with the Government of Canada is different from the typical private sector job application. The first step in the process, is a series of screening questions that are part of the online application. Addressing these carefully is the key to successfully moving to the next steps

Tips for Completing the Online Application

  • Applications are only accepted online at
  • Read each screening question carefully and clearly answer how you meet all required criteria.
  • Use concrete examples to demonstrate your experience.
  • Proofread your responses before submitting your application.
  • Keep a copy of your submitted responses to reference during the interview. 

Common Questions

Not always. Each position has different language requirements. Some positions are bilingual as they provide services to the general public or they supervise others. Make sure to read all the details of the position or program clearly before you apply.

You do not need to be a Canadian citizen to apply for a position; however, preference is given to Canadian citizens.

You may be wondering what to expect after submitting your online application. You can log in to the portal to track your status. It may take some time for a manager to review your application so be patient.

Once you have successfully worked for the public service as a student, if the opportunity is available you may be eligible for a full-time position after you graduate. We recommend having a conversation with your manager or supervisor if you are interested in continuing to work for the public service after graduating.


As a student working in financial management in the public service, there are different areas you could work in: 

  • Accounting Operations:  Accounting operations is responsible for departmental accounting, financial reporting, and financial control policies such as but not limited to those relating to accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • Planning and Resource Management:  Provides guidance in the areas of planning, budgeting, costing and/or reporting to ensure the efficient and effective use of resources.
  • Financial Policy:  Develops compliant financial management policies outlining roles, authority and procedures.
  • Financial Systems:  Documents standard business processes, outlines operational controls or directives to assist in the implementation of financial systems and procedures, and develop and modify departmental financial management procedures. 
  • Transfer Payments:  Further departmental objectives using grants and contributions funding to improve the lives of Canadians across all sectors of society in an area of finance that represents approximately ¾ of annual government expenditures.
"I loved my student experience and I'm grateful that I can still work with my team now that I’ve graduated. My best advice to future students is to be proactive because your career development matters. If you have an idea you think can help, or need a new task to work on, don’t be afraid to speak up!"
Alex, Junior Analyst, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat