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Gaining work experience while you are studying can give you a head start on achieving your career goals after you graduate. Find out if you are eligible to work and how Douglas can help you find a job.  

Working in Canada as International Student 

Eligible international students attending Douglas College may work off-campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week during their regular academic semesters without a work permit. They can also work full-time during scheduled breaks regardless of the course load. The regularly scheduled breaks at Douglas College are Study Breaks, Summer Semesters (except for PBD or PDD program students who are taking courses during the Summer Semester), and Winter Holidays (starting from the day after their last final exam to the day before the first day of classes of the following semester). 

*Taking courses in a Summer semester is optional. For students in PBD or PDD programs, taking a break in a Summer semester can affect their course registration, so please contact the International Office before making the decision.

To find out whether you are eligible to work in Canada during the regular academic semesters and/or during the scheduled breaks, check this IRCC website.

Social Insurance Number 

Before you can begin working, you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada. To obtain a SIN, take your study permit and identification (e.g. your passport) to any Service Canada office. The process is simple and if everything is in order, you will receive your SIN during your visit.

To obtain SIN and work off-campus, conditions to work off-campus must be printed on your study permit. If you meet the requirements to work but your study permit does not authorize you to work off-campus, you must first change the conditions of your study permit or request to amend your study permit. Find out more on the IRCC website (read under “Social Insurance Number (SIN))

CO-OP Work 

Eligible international students can also earn work experience through Co-operative Education Program. To work as a co-op student, you require a co-op work permit. Visit the IRCC website to find out more.

Looking for a Job?

Douglas College also has an on-campus Career Centre that provides services to students, recent graduates, and alumni. They can help you with job search, resume and cover letter writing, and even practice interviewing skills.

There are also some employment opportunities on-campus at Douglas College. See our student assistant job postings.

Throughout the year, the International Office at Douglas College offers workshops on work opportunities and other topics related to employment. Click here or visit the International Office for our current workshop schedule.