Career Services

SMUworks Summer

SMUworks Summer Application:
The SMUworks Summer 2020 application is now closed. Applications were due by February 16th at 11:59pm.

Students can access the student application at smu.ca/smuworks, which will be available from February 24th until March 8th.

Important Summer 2020 Dates:

  • Faculty & Staff Application Deadline – February 16, 2020
  • Faculty & Staff Application Decisions – February 20, 2020
  • Student Application Period – February 24 to March 8, 2020
  • Eligible Student Applications sent to Faculty & Staff – week of March 9th
  • Student Start Date – May 4, 2020
  • Student End Date – August 28, 2020

Program Details:

SMUworks is a bursary-based student employment program that benefits students, faculty, and staff alike.

These positons not only provide valuable work experience for the students, but also helps them gain experience in the job application and interview process. 

All positions are posted on Career360 for students to apply. Faculty & staff who receive a SMUworks grant will interview at least three eligible applicants.

How much is the Grant for?

Undergraduate Positions: Successful undergraduate applications will receive up to a maximum of $6,366.75 ($13.06 per hour, which includes 4% vacation pay, to a maximum of 32.5 hours per week for 15 weeks).

Graduate Positions: Successful graduate applications will receive up to a maximum of $6,854.25 ($14.06 per hour, which includes 4% vacation pay, to a maximum of 32.5 hours per week for 15 weeks).

Employer Cost: Amounts in excess of the grant will be the responsibility of the faculty/ staff grant recipient.

How will I find out if I've been approved?

Faculty & Staff will be informed of the grant decisions by the Faculty & Staff application decisions date indicated above. Successful applicants will receive notice of approved funding and allotment of hours.

Who Can I Hire?

Student eligibility criteria:

You are welcome to encourage students to apply for your opportunity via HireSMU if they are eligible.

Student eligibility criteria:

  • Returning student, registered in a degree or diploma program at Saint Mary's. The student does not need to be studying in the summer semesters, but must be registered for the next fall academic semester.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have good academic standing (GPA 1.7+).

Students are not eligible for the program if they have fulfilled their degree requirements or have graduated. ESL, upgrading and visiting students are not eligible for the program.

How does the student apply?

  1. They submit a SMUworks Application electronically to Financial Aid & Awards**
  2. They upload their resume and cover letter to Career360°, and apply to the SMUworks job posting(s) they are interested in.

**In order to participate in SMUworks, the student must demonstrate financial need. This is why the SMUworks Application includes a detailed budget, as it is essential for the Financial Aid & Awards Office to have a clear picture of the student’s financial circumstances. If we determine there are discrepancies between the student’s submitted budget and the information we collect from their student account, they will be ineligible to participate in SMUworks.

Additionally, if they do not complete all application steps, their application will be deemed incomplete and they will not be eligible for the program. Their resume and cover letter will not be submitted to you for consideration.

What is the hiring process?

After the application deadlines have closed, Financial Aid & Awards will review all applications received. Eligible student applications will be forwarded to you, the grant recipient.

Please note that while we welcome you to encourage your students applied, preferred candidates are not allowed. You are required to conduct a formal interview with at least three eligible applicants.

Once the interviews have been conducted, you are asked to inform Financial Aid & Awards of the name and student number (A#) of the successful student, as well as the names of the candidates you interviewed who were not successful.

How do I pay my new student employee?

Payroll paperwork must be submitted to Financial Aid & Awards (MM108) before the student begins working. This program is intended to provide financial stability to students with significant need, and it is therefore crucial that their payroll information is submitted in a timely manner. Failure to submit a students’ paperwork will result in the Staff or Faculty member being ineligible to receive a SMUworks grant in the future.


The following forms need to be completed:

  • SMUworks Fixed Remuneration Form and SMUworks Casual Employee Action Form
  • TD1 Personal Tax Credits Return
  • TD1 Nova Scotia Personal Tax Credits Return

Please keep track of the student's hours in order to ensure that the student only works the number of hours you were approved for.