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Summer Jobs in Prince Edward Island

The Job Market for Canadian Students

By: Jessica Segal

Though it is Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island has many summer job opportunities for students between May and August. We’ve scoured the internet and come up with a list of useful sites to begin your job search.

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Parks Canada Student Employment at the PEI National Park of Canada offer student positions in a variety of fields from communication to maintenance and technology.

PEI’s Public Service Commission dedicates a section of their site to Student Opportunities in areas such as health care, nursing and exchange opportunities.

All PEI Jobs for Student Summer Jobs in PEI is a non-governmental directory-style site which lists opportunities as they become available. Check back often for current search results.

The City of Charlottetown's Employment Opportunities feature seasonal/casual job opportunities that may be the perfect fit for students with their summers off. They also advertise jobs in Parks, Recreation and Leisure in PEI that are designed for students and seasonal workers. Check out their site for application information.

Skills PEI's Post-Secondary Program is a joint effort between Skills PEI and the Government of PEI to help students find meaningful work placements in their field of study. Students must be either graduated from grade 12 or have attended a post-secondary institution full-time and plan to return to their studies in the fall. Other criteria apply for this valuable internship so read-up online.

Health Jobs in PEI's Nursing Summer Student Employment Program allows applicants to apply to this specialized opportunity online. If you're a recent graduate, the Health PEI site has a variety of full-time opportunities in the Health sector. Check out Health Job Opportunities on the web and peruse the various job openings under each category of interest. The Health Care Futures Program provides PEI students with summer employment in the health care field. Duties may include enhancing the comfort of patients and residents, or be assisting others through social and recreational activities. There are different placement types but also a large number of applicants for the program, so do apply on-time.

The PEI Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development have a Jobs for Youth Program which is funded by the government for students aged 16 to 29. Positions vary from private sector to non-profit sector institutions. Read further guidelines for the employment program online.

The Council of the Federation's Youth Internship Program is designed to encourage young Canadian students to participate more actively in public policy, service and political life. The internship is a 12-month paid placement in Ottawa for those under 25 and graduated from a recognized university. Students must also be bilingual.

Cox and Palmer, a law firm in Atlantic Canada, has an Articling and Summer Program for PEI students to get some valuable professional work experience. Check their website for details on how to apply.

Students at the University of Prince Edward Island can take advantage of their participating Employers and Recruiters page which lists job opportunities at a wide variety of private and public sector institutions that offer work placements.

Health PEI offers Volunteer Services at Hillsborough Hospital assisting patients and their families. The application form for volunteer services is available online.

The University of Prince Edward Island lists off-campus Volunteer Opportunities that support student volunteers in PEI. The list covers not-for-profit organizations from health to nature to animal activism and everything in between.

Volunteer Services, Charlottetown features short blurbs of volunteer services that may be useful to prospective volunteers. The webpage also includes a brief history into the scope of each non-profits reach.

The University of Prince Edward Island's Co-Operative Education Program helps to pair students with valuable employment as it relates to their field of study. The site has a student forum and a calendar of deadlines.

Student Exchange Programs
The Government of PEI supports an exchange program called the Quebec/PEI Summer Employment Exchange Program for University Students. The program is 13 weeks at minimum between May and August and involves students from both PEI and Quebec to experience the others province. For program guidelines, consult their website.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Atlantic Canadians in PEI may be interested in the Seed Capital Program on behalf of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The program gives Atlantic Canadians the resources to start or expand a business as well as business skills training.

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