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Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement program connects post-secondary students with work placements in technology and business.

This Canada-wide program is a three-year initiative that gives 400 post-secondary students experience navigating the future of work in high-demand fields. Students will have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills while working with high-growth ventures for an intensive work placement.

The fall cohort will begin in September 2018.

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  • Become part of the MaRS talent pipeline
  • Find employment in MaRS’ four sectors: Health, Energy & Environment, Finance & Commerce, and Work & Learning
  • Be better prepared to secure higher earnings and lower unemployment upon graduation
  • Develop and showcase the technical skills and mindsets for growth (for example, strategic thinking, problem solving and teamwork) that employers are hiring for



Who can apply?

To foster a diverse and inclusive workplace, we’ll be focusing on attracting students of all ages from underrepresented groups, including female STEM students, students with disabilities, recent immigrants, Indigenous youth and first-year students.

Scaling ventures and corporations are encouraged to hire students through the WIL program. If interested, your organization must offer a minimum 12-week placement and hire students that have never been employees of your organization.

To qualify for the program, students must be:

  • enrolled in full-time studies with an eligible Canadian post-secondary education institution;
  • studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business;
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protected has been conferred; and
  • legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

The WIL Curriculum

In addition to work placements, students will be guided through a MaRS-designed curriculum that will help them build the skills and mindsets required for success in a fast-paced work environment, preparing students for the future of work.

How do students apply to the WIL program?

Student applications for fall placements are now open. Applications will be accepted until August 2 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Visit this page regularly for new opportunities.

Why was the WIL program developed?

Multiple stakeholders identified a disconnect between the demands of employers and the skills students have when they graduate from post-secondary education institutions. This results in a skills gap where employers have difficulty finding employees with the relevant skills. It also creates an experience gap where the skills that students learn become irrelevant when they enter the workforce.

The WIL program is designed to combat this by providing work experience with scaling ventures and large corporations in key growth sectors.

Applications are now closed.


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For more information on the program, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

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Participating Companies

Employers: If you’re interested in hiring a student, please contact us or download our employer guide: English PDF | French PDF