Summer Students

The GNWT supports northern post-secondary students in their pursuit of a higher education by offering a summer work opportunity.  Students gain valuable work experience to enhance their employment prospects upon graduation.  

Northern post-secondary school students are hired as casual employees between April 15 and August 15. During this time period, students are given a higher priority over non-student applicants for casual positions. 

Applications for the Summer Student Program are accepted beginning December 1.


You must be a current resident of the Northwest Territories and meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Are being accepted to attend full time post-secondary studies at the start of the fall or winter semester.
  • Are completing a semester of full time studies at a post-secondary institution within the four months prior to applying under this program.

How to Apply

  1. Submit your cover letter, and a current copy of your resume through the Summer Student Employment Program posting listed on our Current Openings (available December 1 to August 15)
  2. You will be required to provide proof of registration in a post-secondary institution.
  3. You will be contacted by a hiring department if a potential match is found.

Helpful Hints for your Application

In order for your application to be considered, your cover letter and resume MUST INCLUDE the following information.

  • Your field of study (Education), type of certification (Diploma/Degree) and the number of years you have completed in your program.
  • Your updated contact information including your email address, phone number and address at school AND your permanent NORTHERN residence.
  • Your home community and the communities you are willing to work in for the summer.
  • Your affirmative action status, if applicable.