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Summer Jobs in Alberta

The Job Market for Canadian Students

By: Jessica Segal

Alberta’s online resources for summer jobs are fairly widespread across a variety of industries. Read on and see if you can find one that suits your skills and interests.

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The Government of Alberta's Student Summer Employment Registration Service allows you to submit your resume to a registry which is forwarded to ministry Human Resource Offices to be considered for employment. This service is an efficient way for students to apply for work in fields such as administrative support, finance, forestry, IT, human resources, communication and tourism (to name just a few). Interviews are scheduled for March and April and summer employment is to begin in May. To be eligible, applicants must be returning to school as of September.

The Government of Alberta also sponsors the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP), a program to help students find temporary employment from May to August. Check their website for application deadlines and rates of pay.

The City of Calgary's municipal website has a Youth Employment Centre with resources about scholarships, youth services and events and opportunities in the greater Calgary community.

My Canada Jobs Alberta is a mixed bag of student summer positions in various fields from customer service and sales to jobs in Alberta’s great outdoors.

If you're a student at the University of Alberta, check out their Career Centre designed to explore your career options. They have online job postings, career fairs and resume writing help. This is a great resource for any student seeking summer employment.

The Government of Alberta's Trade website, Trade Secrets is a great resource-base for everything apprenticeship-related in the province. The site takes you through how to get started in the trades, the various occupations, scholarships, financial aid and much more. The site is a great starting point for those interested in the trades in Alberta.

The Programs and Services section of the Government of Alberta website has an excellent listing of apprenticeship programs and services in the province. The site includes other online services, financial resources, various forms and publications about the skilled trades.

The City of Calgary's Volunteer Opportunities range from activities for youth ages 12-17, to opportunities for those of all ages. Use the links on the left-hand side of the page for specific program details.

If you live in Edmonton, Volunteer Edmonton is a good site for prospective volunteers in the area. From facts on volunteerism, a festival volunteer fair and various links for volunteer opportunities, the site is an all-encompassing resource.

Volunteer Calgary has a program designed specially for youth of all ages. They break their programs into elementary (5 to 12 years), Jr. High and High school (12 to 18 years) and young adults (18 to 24 years), making getting involved highly specialized to the interests of different age groups.

Job Fairs
The Government of Alberta website lists career fair opportunities around Alberta throughout the year. From general job fairs to recruitment fairs and even specialized opportunities for Aboriginal students, the website is a fairly comprehensive list of future events.

The University of Alberta's Career Centre has a summer job fair each year to start recruitment for summer jobs early. Check their website for specific dates and times.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Alberta has two very specialized camps for young Entrepreneurship. The first is the Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp, a week-long camp for 13-15 year-olds who are interested in business and entrepreneurship. The camp is a learning opportunity for fields like marketing and advertising, and the final day of the camp gives campers the chance to operate their businesses. The camp is in August, and campers must apply well in advance. Similarly, the Northern Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp follows the same structure and is designed for youth in Northern Alberta.

The Government of Alberta sponsors an Aboriginal Relations Youth Intern Program to work in areas like consultation and land claims, policy planning and First Nation and Métis relations. The internship involves up to two 12-month ministry placements and practical work experience in a wide range of fields. Have a look at their website for more details about this unique internship.

The Government of Alberta website also features a list of over 25 Internship program descriptions in various fields. Placements range from 1 to 2 years in length and the required prior education varies by internship, but must have been completed within two years prior to being hired.

The Métis Youth Internship program provides work experience to Métis graduates of secondary or post-secondary school who are having trouble transitioning into the labour force. Applicants may be between ages 15 and 30 and legal residents of Alberta (and living off-settlement). Interns will work 30-40 hours weekly for an hourly wage. Check the website for all the details.

Interested in working in politics? The Progressive Conservative Youth of Alberta hire summer interns to work for a local MP, Minister or even in the Prime Ministers Office in Ottawa. Any student in post-secondary school is eligible for a paid internship with the PC party.

Camp Jobs
The Camp Page website page for Summer Camp Jobs in Alberta is a comprehensive and current listing of jobs in a variety of camps and for many different positions. If you’re interested in working at a camp out-of-province, use their search engine feature to find camp jobs in the province of your choice.

Serving Jobs
In Alberta, serving alcohol requires prior training. ProServe Liquor Staff Training is a program teaching responsible liquor service and is specific to Alberta. Topics include legal responsibilities, liabilities, identifying intoxication, responsible service strategies, handling minors and refusing service or sale of alcohol. Program options include online class, in-class seminars and a self-directed option. Obtaining your ProServe is a fairly flexible process. Upon paying for the online course, you have 60 days to complete the final exam, and upon passing, a certificate and card will be mailed to you. Many Alberta establishments require ProServe training for their serving jobs so keep this in mind when applying for serving jobs.

Environmental Jobs
If you're interested in a customer-service position in Alberta's great outdoors, check out Banff Park Lodge for career opportunities. Positions are six months at minimum and you'll get an unique opportunity to work in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Check their website for an application form.

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