Work on Campus

Cheatsheet for working on campus (PDF)


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 resumé to the food services director in the Campus Activity Centre Room 123.
  • 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.

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

 Work Study

The Work Study 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 are 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 Work Study eligibility form to the Students Awards and Financial Support Office and completing all paperwork.

Work Study students will also be offered a career planning session to assist them 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 and 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 your financial needs and eligibility for the Work Study program. Once approved, the eligibility form can be picked up from the Student Awards & Financial Aid Office by the student.
  • After obtaining the Work Study eligibility form, students can contact the supervisor of the desired position for an interview.
  • If hired, the supervisor signs the Work Study eligibility form and the student returns it to the Students Awards and 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

  • Minimum wage with a maximum of eight hours per week (up to 240 hours or $2,500 for the academic year)


  • Phone: 250-828-5024
  • Fax: 250-371-5668
  • Email:
  • Location: Old Main 1631
  • For more information, visit Work Study
 TRU Students' 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 are posted throughout the year as positions become available.

Application process

  • Submit a resumé to the TRUSU student desk in the Campus Activity Centre, first floor.


  • Phone: 250-828-5289
  • Fax: 250-852-6350
  • Email:
  • For more information, visit TRUSU
 Teaching Assistants (GTA and UTA)

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

To be eligible for the Teaching assistant position, students must meet the following criteria:

Undergraduate teaching assistant

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate program at TRU
  • Completed at least 50 percent 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

  • Enrolled in a graduate degree program at TRU
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency

Application process

  • The teaching assistant opportunity will be advertised in the relevant department as well as in Career and Experiential Learning
  • Once hired, the student TA must complete paperwork to let HR know who has been hired, initiate the payroll process, and inform IT for email access. Forms can be accessed by the faculty member through: One TRU or by emailing

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.

 U-REAP Program

U-REAP provides 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 $4,500 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. 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.
  • 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.

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.

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