Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Work on Campus

Work on Campus

  • Aramark

    Aramark is the exclusive food provider on the TRU campus, employing about 40 students across campus in the fall and winter semesters. Available staff positions include; cashiers, kitchen staff, and catering staff. Most recruiting occurs in August and September.

    Application Process:
    • Submit your résumé to the Food Services Director in the Campus Activity Centre Room 123
    • Please include your availability and the type of work you prefer to do (cashier, kitchen, or catering)
    • Phone: 250-371-5720
    • Fax: 250-371-5978
    • Campus Activity Centre Room 123
    • For more information, visit Campus Dish
  • Co-operative Education

    Co-operative education is an opportunity for students to enhance their education through career-related work experience while studying at TRU. It combines practical in-class education with applied learning opportunities.

    Please visit the Co-operative Education site for eligibility, application forms and more information.

  • Work Study

    The WorkStudy program is a TRU funded financial assistance program that allows Canadian students to work on campus part-time. This program offers work experience, working relationships with faculty and staff, and a regular source of income to students who demonstrate financial need.

    Job postings will be available in mid-August, and hiring takes place in the fall until all positions are filled.

    Students may not begin work until after returning the WorkStudy Eligibility Form to the Students Awards & Financial Support Office and completing all paperwork.

    Work Study students will also be offered a career planning session to assist students in connecting their Work Study positions to future career goals.

    • Enrolled in a minimum of a 60% (full-time) course load
    • Maintain a 2.00 GPA
    • Canadian Citizen
    • Demonstrate financial need (if not on government student loans, students may complete a bursary applcation process)
    Application Process:
    • Complete a Work Study Application through myTRU
    • Complete the application form and return to the TRU Students Awards & Financial Support Office for assessment. Out of province students, please attach a copy of your most recent loan document or a copy of an official notification of award from your home province.
    • A Student Finance Advisor will assess the student’s financial needs and eligibility for the WorkStudy program. Once approved, the Eligibility Form can be picked-up from the Student Awards & Financial Support Office by the student.
    • After obtaining the WorkStudy Eligibility Form, students can contact the supervisor of the desired position for an interview.
    • If hired, the supervisor signs the WorkStudy Eligibility Form and the student returns it to the Students Awards & Financial Support Office, and makes an appointment with a Student Finance Advisor to complete paperwork. Bring a void cheque with you to the meeting.
    Work Conditions:
    • $10.45 an hour with a maximum of 8 hours per week (up to 240 hours or $2500 for the academic year)
    • Phone: 250-828-5024
    • Fax: 250-371-5668
    • Email:
    • Location: Old Main 1631
    • For more information, visit WorkStudy
  • TRU Student Union

    The TRU Students Union (TRUSU) provides a variety of services to all students of TRU to ensure students are valued and supported.

    TRUSU hires about 24 students each year to work at the information booths, front desk and student run coffee shops.

    Most recruiting occurs during the summer and hiring takes place in late August. Jobs will also be posted throughout the year as positions become available.

    Application Process:
    • Submit a résumé to the TRUSU student desk in the Campus Activity Centre, 1st floor.
    • Phone: 250-828-5289
    • Fax: 250-852-6350
    • Email:
    • For more information, visit TRUSU
  • Teaching Assistants (GTA & UTA)

    Teaching Assistants (TAs) work under the supervision of a faculty member.

    • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA)
        • Enrolled in an undergraduate program at TRU
        • Completed at least 50% of their current program of study
        • Enrolled in at least 3.0 credits for the semester in which they would be employed
        • A minimum GPA of  3.5
        • Demonstrate English language proficiency
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)
        • Enrolled in a graduate degree program at TRU
        • Must be in good academic standing
        • Demonstrate English language proficiency


    Application Process:
    Working Conditions:
    • Up to 10 hours per week for a maximum of 140 hours for a semester.
    • First time TAs must attend an orientation session provided by the hiring department on or prior to the first day of employment.
    • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA)
        • $14 an hour
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)
        • $18 per hour for the first semester, and $18 per hour should they be employed for a second semester. This will increase to $19 per hour should the GTA work for a third or fourth semester.
  • NSERC/ SERC Grants

    Faculty members vie for funding from a variety of sources to engage in research. Often they will hire upper level students to assist with this research.

    At any given time there are 20-25 students engaged in research work on campus.

    Application Process:
    Students will typically apply directly to individual faculty members who secure research funding. These positions are contract positions so they are technically outside of TRU collective agreements.

  • RESL/U-REAP Program

    The purpose of the CUEF U-REAP is to provide an opportunity for talented undergraduate students to engage in original, independent research, scholarship and the production of creative works. About 25-30 students participate each year, and the standard award is $4500 over the course of the project which will be in the form of a scholarship.

    • Enrolled in an undergraduate program at TRU, and be taking a 60% (full-time) course load
    • Completed a minimum of 60 credits of undergradate studies at the time of application
    • A minimum GPA of 3.2*
    • Have a faculty member who is willing to supervise the project
    • Must not have received a UREAP award in the past
    • Must not hold a UREAP and an NSERC/USRA at the same time for the same project

    *Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may apply and are encouraged to include an explanation of the circumstances leading to a lower GPA.

    Application Process:
    • Call for proposals will go out at the beginning of each term for the following submission deadlines:
      • During the last week of October
      • During the second week of February (before break)
    • Student completes the application form submitted to the Office of the Associate Vice President Research and Graduate Studies
    • The adjudication committee reviews proposals
    • Successful applicants will be informed within one month of the submission date


    For more information, visit U-REAP Award Program page. Here you will find deadline dates, the application process and more.

  • Service Learning Non Paid

    Service Learning provides students (both individuals and cohorts of up to five students) with faculty supervised opportunities for civic participation and community involvement. Service Learning carries elective credit: third- and fourth-year students may take count up to six credits of Service Learning toward their degrees; with departmental approval. Service Learning courses that are directly related to the students program of study may be used to satisfy Majors requirements.