Special Hiring Programs

The programs below provide unique opportunities to work in the BC Public Service. A full job competition process is not required for special hiring programs or employment programs, but the principle of merit must be applied.

Aboriginal Youth Internship Program

The highly successful Aborginal Youth Internship Program is for Aboriginal youth who live in B.C. The government assignments are typically for nine months, followed by three months in an Aboriginal organization.

Work-Able Internship

Work-Able is a post-secondary internship program for graduates with disabilities. Find out how your ministry can be involved in this program.

Co-op Education Training Program

The Co-op Education Training Program is for students enrolled in a recognized co-operative education program at a participating post-secondary institution. Work assignments integrate students' academic studies with related hands-on experience in their field of choice. 

Assignments are typically for four months, or no more than eight months in a 16-month period, though depend on the institution's requirements.

To learn more about the Co-op Education Training Program, please refer to Article 34.2 in the BCGEU Collective Agreement (PDF, 3.7MB). For details about pay, refer to Appendix 3F.

See How to Hire a Student (PDF, 879KB).

Youth Employment Program

The Youth Employment Program is for students who have attended an accredited educational institution (including high school) within the last six months. Work projects last from one to four months.

To learn more about the Youth Employment Program, please refer to Article 34.3 in the BCGEU Collective Agreement (PDF, 3.7MB). For details about pay, refer to Appendix 3F.

Other Employment Programs

Volunteer with CUSO International

The BC Public Service and CUSO International have teamed up so that employees can volunteer overseas. If you are accepted to serve with CUSO International for up to two years, the BC Public Service will continue to cover the employer costs of your benefits and you will also be able to return to a public service position equivalent to the position you held before you left.

Secondment & Exchange Programs

Secondments and exchange programs are temporary opportunities for employees to work with organizations, agencies, societies, commissions or industry outside of government. There can also be reciprocal arrangements to bring employees into government.

International Association for Students of Economics & Business (AIESEC)

AISEC organizes foreign work experience for students with interests in business. Hiring follows the same guidelines and procedures that apply to co-op students. 

The program is an opportunity for ministries to benefit from employing well-qualified foreign students. It also allows British Columbia students to experience business environments in other countries.

Students in this program may be at the undergraduate level, such as working towards a diploma or Bachelor's degree, or graduate level, such as working towards a post-graduate degree.